Looking for a next-level vacation idea with major bragging rights? Stylish and storied celebrity-connected homes such as these can be rented with a few clicks (and a credit card with a generous limit).
1. Elizabeth Taylor
Elizabeth Taylor's former Palm Springs home is currently called Casa Elizabeth, and is available for nightly rentals. You'll really get the feel of how she lived since some of her actual possessions are still in the house. The property is described by the current owners to be an ideal wedding venue. (Asking price: $598 per night)
2. Denzel Washington
Dashing actor Denzel, Jimmy Page, and Jan Michael Vincent have all called this Malibu compound home. It's an eight-acre property in a gated community with a three bedroom home featuring 180 degree views of the Pacific Ocean and miles of private beach. (Asking price: $382 per night)
3. Jim Morrison
Soak up some L.A. rock-n-roll history by staying in the late rock star's Laurel Canyon pad, which has a sexy outdoor shower. The whole four-bedroom villa was recently renovated. As if all of that wasn't already enough of a turn on, it's literally on Love Street. (Asking price: $895 per night)
4. Merv Griffin
You may recognize this Palm Springs area retreat, a 10-bedroom stunner that belonged to the late TV host and game show innovator Merv Griffin, as the site of a vacation stop on The Real Housewives of Orange County. Specifically, the ladies went there on episode nine of Season 11, which is called "Woo Hoo Weekend." Now you know where to whoop it up like the OG of the OC. (Asking price: $6,660 per night)
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If you'd prefer an international adventure, why not rent Sting and wife Trudie Styler's lush 16th-century Italian villa south of Florence, which they still own? Called Il Palagio, it boasts the greenest of grounds, a lake, swimming pool, tennis courts, and panoramic views. They use it as a summer estate and rent it out at select other times. (Asking price: Available upon request)
6. Harry Houdini
Houdini was a famous magician known to escape any tough situation, but he probably wanted to spend as much time as possible in his five-acre Hollywood Hills estate. You'll want to spend as much time as possible in the backyard, which has a natural mineral spring with three-foot waterfall, righteous barbecue tools, and an hour's worth of hiking trails. (Asking price: $1,437 per night)
7. Bing Crosby
Back in Old Hollywood's playground of Palm Springs, this 1934 hacienda that belonged to vintage crooner Crosby is a sweet spot for a pool party for about 30 friends (eight to 10 of whom can sleep over). You can make and serve poolside cocktails garnished with citrus from the property's lemon, grapefruit, and orange trees. Cheers! (Asking price: $675 per night)
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