“I’m the king of the world!” First launching his career as a child actor in commercials and educational films, Leonardo DiCaprio caught his first major break at the age of 16 when he was cast in the short-lived television series Parenthood and earned a Young Artist Award for Best Young Actor. From there, the young California native made appearances on shows like The New Lassie and Roseanne before dropping out of high school entirely to pursue the silver screen. Proving to be a smart move, DiCaprio made his debut in the sci-fi horror flick Critters 3 before he was handpicked by Robert De Niro to star in This Boy’s Life in 1993. Before long, he emerged as Hollywood’s newest star thanks to critically praised performances in What’s Eating Gilbert Grape and Romeo + Juliet. Then, in 1997, everything changed when he became an international star opposite Kate Winslet in the blockbuster hit Titanic.
Having finally earned an Academy Award for his intense performance in the dramatic revenge film The Revenant in 2015, DiCaprio is often considered one of the most talented actors of his generation. And, with stellar performances in films like Django Unchained, Shutter Island, The Aviator and The Great Gatsby quickly building his $217 million net worth, it’s not surprising that the 41-year-old often makes headlines for something other than his films especially when it comes to his real estate ventures that include property stretching from Las Palmas, Malibu and the Hollywood Hills to Manhattan and Belize.
Among DiCaprio’s latest purchases is the former Dinah Shore estate located just two hours outside of Hollywood in the heart of Palm Springs and cradled beneath the towering San Jacinto mountains. Nestled on 1.3 acres and setting the actor back $5.2 million in 2014, the mid-century estate was once coveted in the 1920s by celebrities like Marilyn Monroe, Frank Sinatra and the Rat Pack because of its exquisite desert beauty, remote sandy beaches and its adherence to the famed two-hour rule, an antiquated rule stating that actors must always be within two hours of the studio.
Marked by rich Hollywood history, the house was designed and built in 1964 by renowned architect Don Wexler and remained Dinah Shore’s home until her death in 1994. Since then, it has been updated, smoothed and polished to match DiCaprio’s luxurious and modern tastes with floor-to-ceiling glass walls, wood ceilings, hardwood and tile floors, a grand piano and a luxurious sunken bar right in the middle of the living room. The home also features a deluxe chef’s kitchen where a private chef is ready to whip up the most delectable and fabulous culinary creations imaginable!
Stretching over 7,000 square feet with six bedrooms and seven baths in addition to a guest house, multiple fireplaces, a heated pool and a tennis court, DiCaprio’s home is the epitome of artistry, class and elegance that reflect the actor’s ultra-modernist style and vision with simple lines and sleek furnishings that give the entire space a clean and minimalistic look. The glass walls and the windows highlight the natural beauty of some of the most stunning landscapes in California that are enhanced by DiCaprio’s notable environmentalism with energy-saving and eco-friendly features that update the historic Hollywood home.
One of the most unique features of DiCaprio’s estate is that when the actor isn’t using the house, it’s actually open to the public—at least to those who can afford it—for rent. Yes, the Titanic star’s vast, gorgeous and modern mansion is open to anyone willing and ready to fork over $4,500 per night with a two-night minimum to enjoy a long list of amenities including gated service entry, daily maid service, wireless internet and, most importantly, bragging rights for having stayed in the star’s famous abode!
As for his other properties, DiCaprio’s Manhattan estate is located at 66 East 11th Street in Greenwich Village and is the epitome of green and sustainable living, which makes it a dream space for the 41-year-old health-conscious environmentalist. Part of the larger Delos property that’s made up of numerous eco-friendly apartments and units, the penthouse is designed with a variety of eco features to improve the quality of life including everything from kitchen herbariums and purified air and water to Vitamin-C infused showers, posture-supportive flooring and circadian lighting for a perfect night of sleep. Spending $10 million on the apartment, DiCaprio has since leased out the space to Jonathan Orszag, an economic policy advisor during the Clinton administration, for $25,000 a month!
Rounding out “the king of the world’s” long list of homes brings us to his stunning Malibu beach house located on Carbon Beach, which is otherwise known as “Billionaire’s Beach” thanks to high profile residents like DiCaprio, Dodgers CEO Jamie McCourt and entertainment mogul David Geffen. In the late 1990s just as he rose to fame, DiCaprio was desperate for a summer getaway and didn’t think twice about spending $1.6 million of his newly earned fortune on the 1,765 square foot oceanfront cottage. Offering three bedrooms and two baths with gorgeous views, a spacious deck, spa and barbeque are perfect for entertaining, there’s no question why DiCaprio continues to see this property as one of his most cherished investments. After all, why sell the “Billionaire Beach” home when he can bring in an extra $23,000 per month in rent during the off season and over $50,000 per month during the summer? Speaking of which, are you in the market for a summer getaway in the heart of Malibu? We know just the place!