Mall entrance? No. It's a stairway in Alicia Keys' home.
Musicians often have humble beginnings to their careers, sometimes playing on a subway platform or performing on the street for spare change. For the lucky ones who attain super stardom, they can afford previously unheard-of luxuries. And some of them buy star-worthy homes.
This collection features the habitations of performers from rock to pop and beyond. We’ve got two glamorous homes associated with "American Idol," and two not-to-be-believed properties in New York. Let’s begin this tour with homes of two stars from the same mitten-shaped Midwestern state. Most of the listings for these homes were provided by the real estate websites Realtor.com and Trulia.
Alicia Keys and Swizz Beatz / Lenny Kravitz (former)
Location: New York
Price: $17.95 million
Bathrooms: 4 full, 4 partial
Square footage: 6,167 plus terraces
This SoHo triplex penthouse last belonged to Lenny Kravitz, but has more recently been the love nest of Alicia Keys and Swizz Beatz. Their master bedroom suite with spa is accessed via a floating glass staircase, and it has a private terrace.
Other rock star-worthy, unheard-of-in-Manhattan features include keyed elevator entry, a walk-in butler’s pantry, a glass-encased formal dining room overlooking the East River, plus another 3,000 square feet of terrace space.
Location: New York
Price: $32 million
Square footage: 13,847 (not including cellar)
Maybe her music is not synonymous with rock 'n' roll, but there’s no doubt Madonna rocks as the embodiment of a star. In fact, the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inducted her in 2008.
Madonna’s real estate comings and goings of recent years have included properties far from her native Michigan — in London, the English countryside of Wiltshire, and of course New York. The New York Post reported that her Upper East Side mansion (pictured here), which was completed last year, would have a hair salon, an elevator, two master bedrooms, a wine cellar, a playroom, a two-car garage, and a closet just for storing luggage.
Price: approx. $459,000
Square footage: 6,000
Another star hailing from Michigan is holding true to his home state. Kid Rock recently picked up this colonial on Detroit’s Gold Coast overlooking the Detroit River between Lake Erie and Lake St. Clair.
Although it's unclear the exact price Kid Rock paid, the real estate blog Curbed.com reported that it ranged from $459,000 to $465,000.
Location: Oak Ridge, N.C.
Square footage: approx. 3,500
Chris Daughtry may have only come in fourth place in the fifth season of "American Idol," but since then, his album with his band Daughtry became one of the fastest-selling debuts in rock history. The house he bought right after his stint on "Idol" is now on the market .
The gated brick home on 2.38 acres is rather flavorless except for the salt in its saltwater pool and hot tub. It also has a double-height entrance hall, a putting green, walnut floors, a wood hood in the kitchen and a workshop in the garage.
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