In January 2008, Adele burst onto the music scene with her debut album, 19, and her chart-topping hit “Hometown Glory.” She reportedly penned it while sharing a flat with her mother in south London. Now, more than a decade later, her ode to her humble beginnings feels even more poignant given how far she’s come.
In the years since she won her first Grammy (for Best New Artist), she’s amassed countless other awards and recognitions, with a real estate portfolio to match her rising celebrity status. Presently, the “Easy on Me” singer owns several multi-million dollar homes in the U.K. and United States, and has rented properties in West Sussex, NYC, and Beverly Hills, including a mansion that previously belonged to Paul McCartney.
Not too bad for a self-professed “homebody” who has garnered countless fans for her being so grounded and her singular dedication to her craft. Below, we’ve rounded up some of Adele’s houses.
In 2006, Adele landed a record deal and moved into a flat in Notting Hill. Not much is known about that pad, but five years later, after the success of her first album, 19, and the release of her second album, 21, she decided that she needed a little more space and privacy. She began renting a country mansion in West Sussex known as Lock House, which boasts a nearly 20,000-square-foot main house with 13 bedrooms nestled into acres and acres of private woods and rolling hills. The mansion was originally built in the early 1900s in a Victorian style, but a 1930s extension and renovation added an Art Deco vibe. Amenities include an indoor and an outdoor pool, a wood-paneled drawing room, a tennis court and pavilion, and even a helicopter hangar. The singer paid around $20,000 a month for her stay there.
Adele’s first bigger home purchase was a $3.4 million Art Deco villa in the seaside city of Portslade, near Brighton. She and then-partner Simon Konecki bought the two-story residence and then reportedly spent a good deal of time and effort updating and upgrading the property, which includes a double-height atrium, a seaside terrace, and four bedrooms with a walk-in closet and dressing room in the primary bedroom. She ultimately sold the place for $3.7 million, in 2016, after largely relocating to the States.
Also in 2012, she set down roots in London with the purchase of two side-by-side Kensington homes for approximately $7.7 million and $7.3 million, respectively, with plans to eventually combine the two. The singer was also rumored to have bought a home for her mother in the area for around $817,000.
A few months later, Adele started looking into the possibility of moving her family stateside. While she continued to keep an eye out for the perfect Beverly Hills pad, she temporarily rented out Sir Paul McCartney’s former home, a 12,000-square-foot behemoth with seven bedrooms and seven bathrooms, a vintage bowling alley in the basement, and a huge bar and wine cellar on the lower level, ideal for get-togethers. It’s unclear how much Adele paid to rent the mansion.
While still on the hunt for her Beverly Hills dream home, Adele shelled out around $5.2 million for a vacation house in Malibu. The Mediterranean-style mansion is perched on a cliffside overlooking the Pacific Ocean, with an infinity pool, an outdoor barbecue, and ample patio space for outdoor entertaining. Inside, the place features high-end amenities, including a temperature-controlled wine room, a gourmet kitchen, and entire walls of glass. Despite the dreamy setting, Adele didn’t end up staying for long; she sold it for a little less than she paid for it, $4.8 million, in 2017.
Adele finally found her long-awaited Beverly Hills home in early 2016, putting down $9.5 million for an ultra private retreat in a gated community with its own guardhouse and security. Built in 1977, it features a soaring two-story foyer with a grand staircase and balcony, an open kitchen built around a large center island and linked to a breakfast area and a family room, and two living rooms with their own fireplaces. A second-floor rec room boasts vaulted ceilings (as does the primary bedroom), and outside, back, there is a pool, a stone terrace, and a gazebo.
For the New York City leg of her tour that September, Adele rented NBA star Deron Williams’ oversize Tribeca condo for three weeks, paying $58,000 a week for her time there. The penthouse unit offered the perfect private retreat for the singer, with 7,200 square feet of interior space and 2,700 square feet of outdoor space. The lavish pad features giant walls of windows, a sky-lit great room, a wet bar, a media room, and a glass-enclosed, climate-controlled wine room. Perhaps most important to Adele, however, was that the rental also came with four private parking spaces and intense camera security.
Following her world tour, Adele understandably craved a little normalcy and stability with her family. She and Konecki purchased a $5.3 million Tudor mansion in the English countryside, an eight-bedroom dwelling called Ridge Hill Manor located just outside East Grinstead. The main house features exposed beam ceilings and large inglenook fireplaces, while elsewhere on the grounds there are three guest cottages, a tennis court, and even a treehouse.
Stateside, Adele continued to expand her Beverly Hills holdings with the purchase of a $10.65 million property close to her first mansion. The five-bedroom, six-bathroom midcentury-style house looks unassuming from the outside, but inside is an airy, light-filled space that includes a sunken living room with an entire wall of glass doors that open out onto a tiled poolside patio, a skylight-topped kitchen with a granite center island, and a library with floor-to-ceiling bookshelves that can hold approximately 2,000 books.
Two years later, Adele picked up her third property in Beverly Hills, this time one belonging to her next door neighbour and longtime friend, Nicole Richie. The singer dropped $10 million for the renovated mansion, which measures 5,500 square feet and boasts four bedrooms and four bathrooms. A big draw was the outdoor space, where there is a big grassy lawn, a dining patio, a swimming pool and jacuzzi, an edible garden, and, most uniquely, a custom-built chicken coop designed to mimic the look and feel of the main house.
Just this year, Adele got the real estate itch again and satisfied it by purchasing a Mediterranean-style Beverly Hills home from Sylvester Stallone for $58 million. Her fourth property in the neighborhood includes a main house with a screening room, a cigar room, and a custom bar. Outside, at the back, there is an infinity pool, a putting green, and several covered dining and lounge areas. A two-story guest house elsewhere on the 3.5-acre grounds is also its own point of pride, designed by celebrity architect Richard Landry.