Rent.com lists the country’s star-studded celebrity cities and we give you an easy way to check out living there.
Atlanta, the epicenter of the hip hop recording industry, is home to artists and personalities including T.I., Usher, Ludacris, Janet Jackson and Young Jeezy, to name just a few. As the headquarters for Turner Broadcasting, Atlanta is also home to major networks, including CNN, Cartoon Network, TBS and Tyler Perry Studios, many of which film shows locally. T Also, because of new tax breaks that make it more affordable than ever to film in the peach state, Atlanta has become a top city for filming everything from the zombie-blockbuster show “The Walking Dead” to “The Hunger Games: Catching Fire.”
Boston has provided the backdrop for hit films including “The Departed,” “Good Will Hunting,” “The Parent Trap,” “The Thomas Crown Affair,” and iconic TV shows including “Ally McBeal,” and of course, “Cheers.” Catch your favorite celebrities walking the streets of Boston and exploring the city’s rich history in Back Bay, watching the Red Sox or New England Patriots play, or walking in beautiful Boston Common, the country’s oldest public park.
Austin is loved by celebrities, who visit and live in the city to enjoy the unique, creative culture and the thriving film industry. Stars flock to Austin not only to star in films and TV shows, but also to enjoy the indie music scene and attend leading entertainment industry events including South By Southwest, Austin City Limits and the Austin Film Festival.
Chicago, one of the country’s most popular cities for films, TV shows, and sports, is one of the best cities for celebrity sightings. The Windy City is home to some of the most popular and memorable American movies since the 80s, including “Ferris Bueller’s Day Off,” “Home Alone” and “The Dark Knight.” Current TV shows set and filmed in Chicago include “Happy Endings,” “The Good Wife,” “Shameless” and “Chicago Fire,” among others. The city is also popular with big name comedians, who come to enjoy and star in improv theater.
New Orleans, Louisiana
New Orleans, also known as “Hollywood South,” attracts celebrities who love the charming city for its unique culture and the great films produced there. Tax breaks are offered to the entertainment industry and famous actors, like Brad Pitt and Angelina Joe, Sandra Bullock, Harry Connick Jr. all have homes in The Big Easy, while other VIPs flock in for Mardi Gras or Jazz Fest. All enjoy the city’s French Creole food, live music (Dixieland, jazz, zydeco) and highly unique Southern culture.
Miami is a top celebrity destination, with star-studded events year-round. These include Art Basel Miami Beach, Ultra Music Festival, South Beach Food & Wine Festival and Mercedes Benz Swim Week. Miami is home to plenty of famed beaches, five-star hotels, luxe nightclubs and buzz-worthy restaurants make the city a celebrity playground.
With all the country music superstars who are based in Nashville, or work there regularly (and some of whom have celebrity husbands and wives, like Keith Urban and Nicole Kidman), of COURSE you’re going to see stars at the grocery store, the local restaurants and at various industry hang-outs and events. This is not a city for sitting in your apartment. Celebrities need groceries too.
Las Vegas, Nevada
Las Vegas, seen from space, is one of the brightest cities on earth – so it’s no surprise that it’s always full of stars. Celebrities are frequently spotted in Las Vegas, including a lucky few who have a regular or long term performance engagements in vegas. You might also spot them enjoying the shopping, gambling, entertainment, fine dining and lavish hotels that Vegas offers.
Park City, Utah
Park City’s annual Sundance Film Festival draws celebrities from around the world to this small, snowy town each January. The ski resort, wide open spaces and luxury amenities have induced many celebrities to move in and around Park City permanently. Visit during the winter and you might just see serious celebrities like Robert Redford, Will Smith or Michael Jordan on the slopes.
San Francisco, California
If you can afford to live in the Golden Gate City, you’ll be joining the ranks of Tom Hanks, Metallica, the Rock, Steve Jobs, Mark Zuckerberg, Ellen Degeneres and Francis Ford Coppola. These luminaries, along with countless others, have lived in the Bay area.