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Celebrities Living Outside the Hustle of Hollywood

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Palm trees, balmy weather, and a panoramic view of the iconic Hollywood sign, sounds like a dream, right? Well, for these A-listers – not quite. Maybe it was the infamous Los Angeles traffic, or the relentless paparazzi that drove them away from Tinseltown. Either way, for these celebrities living far from the hustle of Hollywood was a no-brainer. Who knows, you might just find yourself considering a move too. And who could blame you!? If you could be neighbors with Oprah and live in Hawaii, wouldn’t you? Or maybe you’d rather grab your passport and head overseas?  Let these A-listers’ a-typical hometowns give you all the inspiration you need.

1.  Oprah

Famously hailing from Chicago, Illinois, mega-media-mogul Oprah Winfrey has homes all over (obviously). But, when she’s looking to get away from the hustle and bustle of being Oprah, she sits back and relaxes at her 21st century farmhouse in Maui, Hawaii.

Located in the Hana district, Oprah’s “ultimate Hawaii homestead” sits on 163 acres of land. With ocean views, mountain views, and a nearby volcano, Oprah’s Hawaiian home is an absolute paradise. On her home she’s said, “It’s a gem, so sweet and exquisite. Such a real, normal house.” If that’s not a world away from the hotbed of Hollywood, what is?

2. Tina Turner

Proud Mary may have been rolling down a river, but in real life, Tina Turner is rolling along a lake – Lake Zurich. Living legend Tina Turner has called Küsnacht, Switzerland her home since moving there with her husband, then fiancé, Erwin Bach, in 1994.

She may be known as one of the greatest American singers, but Tina Turner loves her life as an American expat so much, she went as far as to give up her American citizenship, officially becoming Swiss as of 2013.  About her new home country Turner said, “Switzerland felt like home right away. It’s just perfect. People respect each other’s privacy here, take care of each other.”

3. John Mayer

Back in the good ol’ USA, John Mayer decided to break up with life in Hollywood and his heartbreaker persona for life on a ranch in Paradise Valley, Montana. Living on 15 acres of true Americana, Mayer’s found peace and quiet far from all that Hollywood gossip.

Right along the Yellowstone River, and with mountain views that’re pitch perfect, John Mayer has left his wild life behind, choosing to spend his time with the Montana wildlife instead. Life on a ranch in rural Montana is as un-Hollywood as it gets, but not all ex-LA celebs choose to go so far off the beaten path — up next a different kind of big city.

4. Bill Murray

If you’re looking for a city far from the Hollywood hustle, look no further than Charleston, South Carolina. It is perhaps the quaintest and friendliest city in the continental United States, and is home to none other than beloved actor/comedian Bill Murray.

Bill Murray is so invested in his life down south that he’s opened several businesses in town, such as the Rutledge Cab Co., a restaurant located in a formerly abandoned gas station, and is a part owner and self-appointed “Director of Fun” of the city’s minor league baseball team, the Charleston RiverDogs.  South Carolina was also the location of the secret wedding of our next ex-California residents.

5. Blake Lively and Ryan Reynolds

One of Hollywood’s most glamorous couples, Blake Lively and Ryan Reynolds chose to raise their little family (seriously, think about that gene pool!) just a hop and a skip from New York City, an easy hour away in picturesque Bedford, New York.

Sitting pretty on two acres in upstate New York, the power couple made sure their two daughters, James and Ines have plenty of room to run around. And don’t worry, they have plenty of celeb neighbors to keep them entertained, like Martha Stewart, Bruce Willis, and Michael Douglas and Catherine Zeta-Jones. It’s like a mini-Hollywood, but with privacy and fall foliage worthy of a postcard.

Sources: mensjournal.comswissinfo.choprah.comvelvetropes.compeople.comfortune.comcharlestoncvb.com

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