The star-studded affluent city of Malibu, in Los Angeles County, California, boasts the company of, among other residents (Goldie Hawn and Kurt Russel, Danny Devito, Dustin Hoffman, Ray Romano, Jami Gertz or Pierce Brosnan are just a few of them), noted film director Steven Spielberg, three-time Academy Award winner who owns a little over one acre of prime land.
Though he’s been in the movie business for more than 50 years, Steven Spielberg only recently shared his own story through the award-winning autobiographical drama The Fabelmans. The iconic director has largely kept his private life out of the spotlight, preferring his professional accomplishments to take center stage, but what is known about his off-screen pursuits is that he has a deep love for real estate and luxury vehicles.
The only difference between redoing the house and making a film is that I paid for it, he once told Architectural Digest about turning his Pacific Palisades estate into his dream home. In other words, the intentionality and attention to detail that the director is so well-known for onscreen extends into his vast real estate portfolio.
Over the years, he has bought and sold properties in Malibu, New York City, East Hampton, and Naples, Florida (though details on his homes there are scarce), among other locales. Here, we’ve rounded up a few of the places he’s called home.
In 1991, Spielberg called upon Gwathmey to construct an additional cedar-shingle modern guesthouse, which was featured in AD. Working with Steven is great because he is visual, yet he also believes in collaboration, Gwathmey told AD at the time. The building is single-story and features two primary bedrooms that each have their own fireplace, window seat, and outdoor terrace
At the opposite end of the skylit gallery are the children’s bedrooms, outfitted with bunk beds. Several years later, the director and the architect collaborated again after Spielberg purchased several more acres, this time constructing a second guesthouse, a garage with staff rooms above it, and stables. Spielberg still owns this property.
Spielberg’s longtime Manhattan apartment is located in the San Remo building, easily one of the most expensive and coveted apartment co-ops in the world.
Though it’s unclear when and for how much the director purchased his home in the prewar Beaux Arts building designed by Emery Roth, what is known is that he owns a pad on the 17th floor measuring 6,000 square feet and overlooking Central Park West.
In 2000, the Times reported that fellow residents in the 27-floor luxury building were unhappy with the jackhammering and renovation that was going on, so it is safe to assume that Spielberg has made some upgrades to the unit since his purchase.
Other celebrities who have lived in San Remo include Steve Jobs, Bono, Diane Keaton, Bruce Willis, Mary Tyler Moore, and Tiger Woods.
Before Spielberg purchased the five-bedroom, six-bathroom Pacific Palisades property that would become his primary residence, he already owned two other places in LA a bachelor pad in Coldwater Canyon and a beach house in Malibu. When he and Irving decided to look for a more permanent home on the West Coast, however, they went with something slightly larger: a 10,000-square-foot tile-roof stucco mansion situated on three hillside acres overlooking the city. It was like going to Hawaii and finding the perfect cove, he told AD of the residence’s prime location.
The Mediterranean-style mansion, which was previously owned by Cary Grant and David O. Selznick, among other Hollywood luminaries, was already impressive, but Spielberg took it upon himself to further reimagine parts of the property, enlisting the help of architect Harry Newman.
This East Hampton, New York, farmhouse has a coveted locale on Georgica Pond, across from some famous neighbors Steven Spielberg and wife Kate Capshaw. Designed by architect Jaquelin T. Robertson, the home boasts views of the water from every room, and the interiors have soaring ceilings and hardwood flooring throughout. There are four bedrooms, including a master suite with an adjoining study, as well as a separate one-bedroom apartment. Situated on three acres of rolling lawns with 408 feet on Georgica Pond, the idyllic property includes a large swimming pool. Let’s hope there are no sharks. Listed for $19.75 million, this 7,500-square-foot home has 5 bedrooms and 6.5 baths. Contact: Engel & Völkers/Compass, 212-956-4823
The main suite on the upper level featured a private study, a walk-in closet, and a spacious bathroom with a spa. Spielberg listed Seven Seas for $160 million in spring 2021 and sold it several months later for a reported $150 million, to billionaire steel baron Barry Zekelman. The yacht has since been appropriately renamed to Man of Steel.