18 Celebs Who Just Couldn’t Stand to Live in Hollywood

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When we think of the lifestyles of the rich and famous, we often picture a huge house in the hills or, if the east coast is more their speed, a lavish penthouse in Manhattan. But while many celebrities do have homes that would make for a drool-worthy episode of Cribs and spend their free time partying at upscale clubs and dining at fancy restaurants, not all stars want to live that way. These famous people ditched the traditional lifestyle in favor of something more low key. Click through to read about the stars that don't live as lavishly as they could. 

Vera Farmiga

The Bates Motel actress isn’t about big city life. 

Vera Farmiga

Farmiga currently lives in upstate New York with her musician husband, two kids… and four goats. 

Julia Roberts

The Eat, Pray, Love actress doesn’t need to take a trip to find her inner peace.  

Julia Roberts

Roberts lives on a ranch in New Mexico with her family and says that she finds something about making a home by the mountains very “peaceful.” 

Usher

Usher lives in a major city, but it’s not New York or LA. 

Usher

The “More” singer calls the Atlanta suburbs his home. Sure, it’s a mansion in the Atlanta suburbs, but at least the paparazzi aren’t quite as aggressive. 

Sandra Bullock

The Blind Side actress is a real Texas girl. 

Sandra Bullock

Bullock lived away from the celebrity hub of Los Angeles for years, preferring instead to live in the hip (but less fame-focused) city of Austin. She couldn’t keep away from LA for too long and made plans to move back to the west coast in 2012. 

Brad Pitt & Angelina Jolie

Pitt and Jolie escape the Hollywood lifestyle in their home in Europe. 

Brad Pitt & Angelina Jolie

The newlyweds were allegedly married on their estate in France, a place Pitt loves because it’s so not Hollywood. The actor told Wine Spectator: ”It’s very peaceful and the antithesis of the drive, the want, the need to get ahead indicative of life in Hollywood. I’m instantly reminded what quiet sounds like.”

Jamie Lynn Spears

The former Zoey 101 star ditched Los Angeles so that she could raise her daughter, whom Spears had at 16, without criticism from the media. 

Jamie Lynn Spears

According to her interview with Glamour, Spears moved to Mississippi following her teen pregnancy to escape the limelight. She has since moved to Nashville to pursue her music career. 

Elijah Wood

The Lord of the Rings actor left Los Angeles for a quieter city. 

Elijah Wood

Wood sold his mansion in Los Angeles and opted to buy property in Austin instead. 

Eminem

Eminem doesn’t just rep his hometown, he also lives there.  

Eminem

The rapper still lives in his mansion in Detroit. 

Kevin Spacey

The House of Cards actor has a position that keeps him across the pond.  

Kevin Spacey

Spacey is currently the artistic director for the Old Vic theatre and lives a very private life in London. 

John Travolta

The Hairspray actor doesn’t do the Hollywood thing either… mostly because he needs a place to park his jet. 

John Travolta

Travolta lives in Jumbolair, a town in Florida where residents can fly their planes right onto their property. 

Shania Twain

The country star moved to this European country with her Nestle executive husband. 

Shania Twain

Forget Los Angeles or even Nashville: According to reports, Twain now lives on an estate in Switzerland.

Daniel Day-Lewis

The Lincoln actor may be a a staple at the Oscars, but he doesn’t hang out in Los Angeles when he’s not working. 

Daniel Day-Lewis

Day-Lewis currently lives in Ireland on a farm with his family. The actor admits that one of his favorite parts of his “rural paradise” is going unnoticed by the general population.

Christian Slater

Like Travolta, the actor prefers a more humid climate. 

Christian Slater

The Heathers actor owns a mansion in Coconut Grove, Florida. 

Tina Turner

The “What’s Love Got To Do With It” singer ditched Hollywood and America entirely. 

Tina Turner

Turner now lives in Switzerland in a mansion overlooking Lake Zurich. 

John Mayer

He may be known as a Hollywood playboy, but he recently ditched the scene for quieter pastures… literally. 

John Mayer

Mayer moved to Montana in 2013 in order to recuperate following throat surgery. He lives in Paradise Valley, which is right between two entrances to Yellowstone Park. 

Natalie Portman

Portman followed her husband Benjamin Millepied to his home country. 

Natalie Portman

The Black Swan actress lives in Paris with her hubby, and is undoubtedly enjoying the stricter privacy laws for celebs that France offers. 

Johnny Depp

Like Portman, the Lone Ranger star also made France his home.

Johnny Depp

Depp lived outside of the United States with his French partner Vanessa Paradis for over 14 years. Depp and Paradis split in 2012 and he has since relocated to Los Angeles on a more permanent basis. 

John Cusack

The iconic ’80s actor lives in a chillier city than Los Angeles or New York. 

John Cusack

According to the Huffington Post, Cusack still has an apartment in one of his favorite cities, Chicago.