“If you had my love and I gave you all my trust, would you comfort me?” Getting her start as a backup dancer with New Kids on the Block in 1991, Jennifer Lopez had already come a long way in her career since first telling her Puerto Rican parents that she wanted to become a “famous movie star” before dropping out of college. Moving to Manhattan to pursue her dream full time, the Bronx native caught her first glimpse of fame working as a dancer on the 1990s sketch comedy In Living Color. Then, after a series of minor acting gigs, she landed her first leading role in the 1997 biopic Selena that skyrocketed her to stardom. The following year, she made history alongside George Clooney in Out of Sight when she became the first Latina actress to earn over $1 million for a film role.
Continuing to find success on the silver screen, J. Lo extended her reach into the music industry in 1999 when she released her debut album On the 6 featuring the chart-topping hit single “If You Had My Love.” By 2002, she made history once again when she became the first woman to have a number one album—J. Lo—and a number one film—The Wedding Planner—in the same week. Refusing to stop there and determined to hold onto her place as one of the most recognizable stars in the entertainment industry, she has spent the last two decades building her empire as an actress, singer, dancer, fashion dancer, television personality and producer.
As you might expect from one of the highest paid actresses in Hollywood with a net worth of $300 million, Lopez’s homes are just as amazing as her career. In March 2016, the 47-year-old mother of twins purchased a truly luxurious home in Los Angeles’ prestigious Bel-Air community for an astounding $28 million. Originally listed for $39 million by Emmy Award-winning actress Sela Ward of the NBC drama series Sisters, Lopez was able to snag the eight-acre estate for $10 million less than the asking price, adding “negotiator” to her long list of talents!
Nestled across Sunset Boulevard from the world-renowned University of California at Los Angeles and just down the street from the famous Hannah Carter Japanese Gardens inspired by the gardens of Kyoto, Japan, Lopez’s posh new California community has long been a mainstay in American pop culture on series like The Beverly Hillbillies and The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air. Although, we’re almost certain the neighborhood’s reputation and its high profile residents like Nicholas Cage, Madonna, Jennifer Aniston, Kanye West and Kim Kardashian aren’t the only things that attracted Lopez to the area!
Originally designed by architect Samuel Marx in 1940 and later reconstructed by Ward to look like a French-country mansion using vintage wood from Louisiana and Mississippi to add worldly charm, Lopez’s breathtaking estate stretches across 13,932 square feet where comfort, relaxation and elegance reign as queen. Boasting seven bedrooms and 13 bathrooms, the Bel-Air mansion is perfect for entertaining with a gourmet kitchen featuring a stunning stone wall, a massage room, a downstairs pub and game room that opens onto a terrace, three offices, his and hers dressing rooms, 10 wood and stone fireplaces, a cypress wood library with walls of built-ins and a massive 30-seat home theater. What more could Jenny from the Block ever need?
Outside, the property is just as stunning as the interior with perfectly landscaped and manicured grounds that feature waterfalls, koi ponds, a stream and a footbridge as well a vineyard and organic vegetable garden if the Maid in Manhattan star ever wants to try her hand at growing veggies or making her own wine. Perfect for entertaining with a separate guest house, screened porch and rose garden, the backyard is also home to a three-edge infinity swimming pool, a full outdoor kitchen and fire pit that’s ideal for summer barbeques and picnics as well as a 100-seat outdoor theater for those impromptu J. Lo concerts.
Across the wooded eight acres, numerous terraces and patios lead to walking paths and four wheeler trails for nature enthusiasts to enjoy while other guests can unwind by taking a dip in the gorgeous manmade swimming pond complete with a sandy beach, outdoor shower and cabana. There’s even a miniature golf course for the kids to enjoy!
Ultimately making the Bel-Air purchase using her earnings from her All I Have residency in Las Vegas at Planet Hollywood’s The AXIS theater, Lopez hasn't been able to fully celebrate her real estate venture since she’s still trying to sell her 17,000 square foot mansion in Hidden Hills, California that she previously shared with ex-husband Marc Anthony. Paying $8.2 million in 2010, Lopez initially listed the stunning three-acre estate for $17 million after spending a small fortune on upgrading everything from the kitchen to the master suite. With no one showing any interest, she has since dropped the price to $12.5 million with the hopes of spending any profit from the sale on upgrading her incredible New York City penthouse.
Despite claims that she’ll always be a Bronx girl at heart, Lopez’s penthouse in the Big Apple looks nothing like her childhood home after the Monster-In-Law actress spent $22 million on a four-bedroom luxury penthouse in Manhattan in 2014. Sharing the four-suite building with celebrities like Chelsea Clinton and Jeff Gordon, Lopez’s apartment offers magnificent views of Madison Square Park in addition to shared amenities including a full-time doorman and a private gym.
Obviously proving she can have and do it all as the highest paid Latin entertainer in the world and certainly the most recognizable, the 47-year-old knows exactly what she wants and goes after it whether it’s house hunting in Bel-Air and New York, taking the Las Vegas stage or spending a night relaxing with her twins. Whatever the case, it’s a guarantee that, if Lopez is involved, it will certainly be done in style.