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Top 40 luxury celebrity homes

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With news that Jennifer Aniston has splashed out $9 million on a West Village pied-à-terre for her and boyfriend Justin Theroux recently, our thoughts have turned to the aspirational topic of celebrity homes. While the first question to pass our lips on a flat hunt is likely to be "how much is the council tax?" or "can we get a plumber to sort that tap?" Hollywood stars are more concerned by the width by depth ratio of the outdoor heated pool, or how exactly the French stone arches complement the fountain motif in that adorable Malibu mansion.

So prepare to be inspired, awed - and perhaps a little bit jealous - as we take you on a tour of the most luxurious celebrity homes on the Hollywood block. Kirstie Allsopp, eat your heart out...

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    Cher's Malibu mansion comes complete with a host of palm trees and Mediterranean arches.

    Pictured in 2004.

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    Cindy Crawford's pad no doubt has beautiful views of Malibu, as well as a pool and hot tub.

    Pictured in 2004.

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    Michael Caine's Beverly Hills gaffe has a Disney feel with its pale yellow exterior and picturesque balcony.

    Pictured in 2005

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    This is what Courteney Cox and David Arquette called home - in Malibu - back when they were still together.

    Pictured in 2004

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    Bette Midler is the lucky owner of this circular, Spanish-themed abode in Beverly Hills.

    Pictured in 2004

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    Bruce Willis' sprawling Malibu pad is surrounded by greenery.

    Pictured in 2004

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    It's a smart Manhattan town house for Million Dollar Baby star Hilary Swank.

    Pictured in 2005

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    Pamela Anderson can practise her legendary Baywatch moves at any time of day or night from this beachfront Malibu spread.

    Pictured in 2004

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    Eva Longoria is a lady who likes her pink and frills. Her Hollywood nest is an instant pick-me-up.

    Pictured in 2006

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    Tobey Maguire's poolside sunbeds look oh so inviting in West Hollywood.

    Pictured in 2004

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    Dustin Hoffman's Malibu bolthole is enormous: it could easily double up as a hotel.

    Pictured in 2004

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    Jamie Lee Curtis keeps things cute and simple with her clapboard Santa Monica home.

    Pictured in 2005

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    We're big fans of the sublime architecture and greenery in Uma Thurman's Pacific Palisades mansion.

    Pictured in 2005

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    The pool forms the focal point of Sandra Bullock's rambling digs in Hollywood hills.

    Pictured in 2005

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    Paris Hilton has plenty of space to take her famed chihuahuas for a stroll (or a swim) in Hollywood hills.

    Pictured in 2005

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    Tom Cruise's Beverly Hills residence might very well constitute our ideal home.

    Pictured in 2005

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    Kirstie Alley could probably sleep in a different room every night in her seemingly endless Los Feliz estate.

    Pictured in 2005

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    Denise Richards brought this ranch-style property for $4.5 million in the gated community of Hidden Hills a few years ago.

    Pictured in 2006

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    The Calabasas home of Nick Lachey and Jessica Simpson went on sale four years ago, after their divorce. It could have been yours for a mere $3,750,000.

    Pictured in 2006

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    Kate Moss rented this stunning Malibu mansion once owned by Hollywood diva Elizabeth Taylor in 2006. Kate paid $55,000 per month for the seven-bedroom, six-bath home - overlooking the ocean and offering a gym and a cinema.

    Pictured in 2006

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    The Malibu coastline is a mere breath's space away for Halle Berry. And the floor-to-ceiling windows guarantee a fantastic view.

    Pictured in 2006

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    Jon Bon Jovi's Malibu mansion is a work of art in itself.

    Pictured in 2006

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    We'd happily be house guests at Jamie Foxx's beautiful manor in Hidden Valley.

    Pictured in 2007

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    The stone trullo forms a particularly nice feature of Barbra Streisand's Malibu house.

    Pictured in 2007

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    Seen from a front view, Barbra Streisand's Malibu abode is equally as sumptuous.

    Pictured in 2007

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    We're surprised the Osbournes don't spend their entire lives in the pool of their Hidden Valley home - it's so completely enticing.

    Pictured in 2007

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    An abundance of shrubs and palm trees ensures a bit of privacy for Britney Spears in Malibu.

    Pictured in 2007

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    When you tire of the two gorgeous pools you can have a quick game of tennis, over at Owen Wilson's place in Malibu.

    Pictured in 2007

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    Pamela Anderson's imperious Malibu chateau is more like a resort than a home - what with the elegant outdoor furniture and carefully manicured lawns.

    Pictured in 2007

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    Julia Roberts' cabin in the Point Dume area of Malibu is tasteful with a secluded emphasis.

    Pictured in 2008

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    Brad Pitt's house in the Los Feliz area of Los Angeles can barely be spotted amid the maze of foliage.

    Pictured in 2008

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    Nicolas Cage's Somerset home is rather ordinary compared to some of the other celebrity mansions seen above, but we'd still deem it worth a visit.

    Pictured in 2009

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    Elizabeth Hurley's charming Cotswold home definitely has the wow factor.

    Pictured in 2009

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    Penelope Cruz's kidney-shaped pool is the perfect accoutrement to her whitewash home in West Hollywood.

    Pictured in 2005

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    Mariah Carey's intricately decorated roof terrace is almost more impressive than her garden, in Bel Air.

    Pictured in 2005

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    Pink's Sherman Oaks mansion comes complete in a halfpipe in the backyard.

    Pictured in 2006

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    A weekend in Heidi Klum and Seal's Beverly Hills spread would be luxury indeed.

    Pictured in 2006

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    Jennifer Aniston's Malibu home is every inch as stylish and sophisticated as you would expect.

    Pictured in 2007

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    Zara Phillps and Mike Tindall's £800,000 home in Gloucestershire features gorgeous period detail: ideal for the newly-married royals.

    Pictured in 2009

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    Vanessa Hudgens' Studio City abode comes complete with a welcoming spiral stone staircase.

    Pictured in 2010

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