Living the Dream: Inside Celebrity Ranches


Embarking on a journey through the world of luxury and serenity, we delve into the realm of the rich and famous as we explore the top 10 celebrity ranches. The green life is incorporated in these ranches as these celebrities indulge in what Mother Earth has to offer. Spending time in nature has significant mental health benefits, like reducing stress and anxiety. Being surrounded by trees, sunlight, and greenery can help decrease levels of the stress hormone cortisol. Additionally, exercising and partaking in activities in outdoor green spaces has been shown to enhance mood and overall well-being. These sprawling estates, nestled amidst picturesque landscapes, offer a glimpse into the private retreats of some of the most renowned personalities in the world. From Hollywood icons to celebrity chefs, each ranch tells a unique story of lavish living, rustic charm, and unparalleled beauty. Join us as we wander through these exclusive havens, where luxury meets the tranquility of the countryside, and discover the allure of celebrity ranch life.

Jennifer Garner

Photo Credit: @onceuponafarm

Where: Locust Grove, Oklahoma

Size: 55 acres

What they do: The actress spends part of her time planting seeds, riding tractors and harvesting pumpkins on her family farm in Oklahoma. She grows things like lettuce, radishes, English peas, new potatoes, beets, green beans, tomatoes, onions and cucumbers and there was room for chickens, cows and pigs, which were the family’s source of meat. There are also blueberries, field peas and rye to enhance soil, native wildflowers, and honey bees buzzing around. According to Once Upon a Farm’s website, the cows Simon, Boaz, Pete, May Apple, Pig Nut and Mistletoe also act as “moo-security.”

Martha Stewart

Where: Westchester County

Size: 153 acres

What they do: Stewart spends a ton of time at her giant estate, which has been turned into a horse farm. She has chickens, all kinds of animals and even notable neighbors at her primary residence, including world-famous designer Ralph Lauren. There are multiple houses on the property, including two guest houses though Stewart lives in the “Winter House.”

Julia Roberts

Photo Credit: @modermoder

Where: Taos, New Mexico

Size: 32 acres

What they do: Where she and her husband Daniel Moder tied the knot in July 2002. She and Moder use it as a secondary residence, splitting their time between New Mexico and their home in Malibu, California. The couple and their three kids — Hazel, Phinnaeus and Henry — spend a lot of time there.On her land, she keeps up an incredible organic garden that she uses to help teach her children about food. To Julia, understanding how and where food comes from is an important part of raising a family.

Oprah Winfrey

Photo Credit: @oprah

Where: Maui, Hawaii

Size: 1000 acres

What they do: On Oprah’s farm, there are among more than 100 species of fruits, vegetables, and herbs growing on the farm. They plant diverse crops-like beets, turnips, Swiss chard, radishes, and radicchio-to help ensure healthy soil and a healthy diet. Oprah’s farm is situated at almost 4,000 feet elevation on the side of Haleakala, a dormant volcano, where it gets consistent rainfall and plenty of sun. Despite Hawaii’s lush farming conditions, roughly 90 percent of its food is imported from the mainland. Oprah and Bob, long-time friend and co-investor, hope to help change that. “Whatever our dreams, ideas, or projects, we plant a seed, nurture it—and then reap the fruits of our labors.” —Oprah

Chuck Norris 

Photo Credit: @chucknorris

Where: Navasota, Texas

Size: 1,000 acres

What they do: The Lone Wolf Ranch contains a natural spring water well, untouched by man, that’s more than 23.000 years old.  The water that is produced from this spring is naturally pure, with high mineral content and minus any biological elements. This entire process acts as a natural filtration system, discarding hard elements to provide clear, clean water with a naturally high PH level and smooth, fresh taste.


Photo credit: @rodeohouston Istagram

Where: Chappell Hill, Texas

What they do: Drake’s new 313-acre ranch called Dulce Recess Ranch includes several impressive residential and recreational structures. The main home on the property spans over the “Home Camp” area and features an open concept layout with a modern kitchen, wine cellar, movie theater, and more. In addition to the main house, there is a two-bedroom guest house and four-bedroom bunk house for visitors. Separately, there are three smaller two-bedroom cottages and a larger three-bedroom gate house residence. One of the standout amenities is an 11-acre regulation-sized polo field, as Drake breeds polo horses and cattle on the ranch. Supporting the equestrian activities, there are two 10-stall barns within a stabling complex that provides storage and work spaces.

Outside of the housing compounds, Dulce Recess Ranch offers an abundance of amenities for recreation and leisure. These include an indoor-outdoor pool and spa, fully equipped gym and massage studio, skeet shooting range, stocked eight-acre lake and pond, expansive gardens and orchards, and a chicken coop. 

Bill Gates

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Where: All over the United States

Size: 260,000 acres+

What they do: Bill Gates, the renowned entrepreneur, philanthropist, and co-founder of Microsoft, owns several properties including a horse ranch in Rancho Santa Fe, California, which he acquired in 2014. Apart from his ranches, Bill Gates has made significant investments in farmland. According to reports, Gates is America’s largest farmland owner with more than 260,000 acres of land. This land stretches over 19 counties in Nebraska towards the West of Wyoming. To put this into perspective, if this was all in one land, this would cover about 25% of Rhode Island. There are also 70,000 acres in north Louisiana, 14,000 acres in Washington, and an additional 6,000 acres in Georgia.

These farmers primarily grow soybeans, rice, corn, and cotton. He actually owns the soil where the potatoes in McDonald’s french fries grow, the carrots from the world’s largest producer and the onions that Americans sauté every night for dinner. 

Serena Williams 

Photo Credit: @serenawilliams Serena Williams and her family on their farm.

Where: South Florida

Size: 4 acres

What they do: This property features eight bathrooms and seven and a half bathrooms. Serena raises chickens and grows fruits and vegetables at her South Florida farm. She also has a steer and a miniature horse named Daisy. Serena and husband, also, raise chickens and other foods/crops. When asked how she feels about the tennis court on the farm, Serena replied that it reminds her of her training days. “I feel a relief when I look at the court sometimes,” she said. “I feel so happy I don’t have to train for two hours a day.”

Hilarie Burton Morgan and Jeffrey Dean Morgan

Photo Credit: @themischieffarm

Where: Upstate New York

Size: 100 acres

What they do: Michschief farm is located in upstate New York. Hilarie and Jeffrey raised three Highland cattle, five miniature donkeys, two dogs, chickens, ducks, eight alpaca, and their two young children. In fact, Hilarie is now revealing all about living in Hudson Valley’s outdoors in her new memoir The Rural Diaries.The book chronicles all aspects of farm life including chopping wood, making dandelion wine and building chicken coops. Hilarie revealed how they came up with the name of the farm, writing: ‘So many years ago, when we first toured the farm, we stumbled upon a couple of pet headstones on the property. Hand carved. Both creatures named Mischief.

Chris Hemsworth

Photo Credit: @chrishemsworth

Where: Byron Bay, Australia

Size: 11 acres

What they do: Hemsworth’s large property is in the midst of major developments. Large stables surrounded by fenced-off riding tracks have been built on the land, most likely for Chris’ wife, Elsa Pataky, who is an avid horse rider. The Hemsworths appear to be in the process of creating a garden oasis, complete with a fountain water feature, outside the stables. The actor carried out extensive renovations on the six-bedroom home, and it now boasts a steam room, gym, media room and games room.There’s also a stunning outdoor living area, play areas for his three young kids and a 50-meter rooftop infinity pool, which overlooks the ocean.

Carrie Underwood

Photo Credit: @carrieunderwood

Where: Franklin, Tennessee

Size: 400 acres

What they do: Carrie often shares glimpses of her never-ending land on social media, which is home to her recently built greenhouse where she grows her own fruits and vegetables, a beautiful orchard that has countless trees growing apples and peaches, and a spacious garden shed. Carrie is a strong believer in growing her own produce and she has a variety of fruits and vegetables on her land including mushrooms, zucchinis, squash blossoms, berries, watermelons, and tomatoes. Last year, the mom-of-two admitted she turns to her garden when she needs to experience some calmness in her hectic life. “My garden is one of my happy places,” she captioned a video on Instagram. 

Bella and Gigi Hadid

Photo Credit: @gigihadid

Where: New Hope, Pennsylvania

Size: 32 acres

What they do: Bella and Gigi Hadid’s farmhouse in Pennsylvania has provided the busy sisters with a blissful escape now that much of the world is under lockdown. The pair left their bustling city lives behind to quarantine at their mother Yolanda’s rural home, which is situated in 32-acres of green space. The sisters’ closest neighbors are now horses, goats and cows, and both girls have been making the most of the prime Instagram opportunities provided by the farm’s four-legged residents. 

Blake Shelton and Gwen Stefani

Photo Credit: @blakeshelton

Where: Tishomingo, Oklahoma

Size: 1,300 acres

What they do: Blake Shelton and Gwen Stefani stay in their quiet and private home, located on their vast ranch property. Even though they came from different backgrounds, this family has embarked on numerous adventures and monumental moments on their ranch. The couple even had their wedding ceremony on the ranch. Blake and Gwen can be seen posting about the corn they grow in the fields. Gwen has also taken up gardening, and she can be seen in her garden with her purple irises. Their family also goes fishing, ride ATVs, and of course get muddy.

Ree Drummond

Photo Credit: @thepioneerwoman

Where: Osage County, Oklahoma

Size: 433,000 acres

What they do: Ree Drummond, also known as the Pioneer Woman, cooks and lives on the ranch her husband grew up on. This ranch is operated as a cattle ranch, and they even herd bison and horses. The ranch also serves as a home for wild horses and horses who need open land to graze. The ranch also holds about 6,500 calf-cow pairs. The family is one of the largest cattle producers in America. Ree also cooks for her whole family at one of the lodges located on the ranch.

Kanye West

Photo Credits: @ye

Where: Greybull, Wyoming

Size: 4,524 acres

What they do: Bighorn Mountain Ranch, which comes with a total of seven bedrooms and seven bathrooms, is where West has found peace following his split and where he created his 10th studio album, “Donda,” set to be released at some point in the near future. As it stands, the combined properties now boast a whopping 27 bedrooms and 17 bathrooms.

Arnold Schwarzenneger 

Photo Credits: @schwarzenegger

Where: Brentwood Neighborhood of LA, California

Size: 6 acres

What they do: The actor’s collection of animals adds up to something of an at home petting zoo, including a mini donkey named Lulu, a mini horse named Whiskey, and a pig named Schnelly. He also has an equally varied assortment of dogs, including a Yorkie named Noodle and an Alaskan malamute named Dutch.

Clint Eastwood

Photo Credits: @Instagram

Where: Carmel, CA

Size: 22 acres

What they do: Clint Eastwood, bought the ranch in 1986, rescuing it from a condominium development. He restored the property in the style of the original buildings. Buildings on the property reflect the architectural period of the 1850s, that includes the restaurant and dance barn and the century old Martin farmhouse and bunkhouse. Mission Ranch is a historic hotel and restaurant in Carmel, Monterey County, California, United States. It is located in the unincorporated Mission Tract south of the incorporated city of Carmel-by-the-Sea, near the Carmel Mission. The property was bought in 1986 by Clint Eastwood, who restored the premises in the style of the original buildings. The hotel has 31 rooms located within ten buildings on the property.

Ian Somerhalder and Nikki Reed

Photo Credit: @iansomerhalder

Where: Outside Los Angeles

Size: ~190 acres

What they do: Ian Somerhalder and Nikki Reedhave embraced the simple life on their farm along with their 6 year old daughter and 5 month old son. They also have 18 pets- including cows, mini donkeys and goats. Through the organic and chemical-free produce they grow, they are leading and teaching their kids a sustainable lifestyle. They have taken the culture of biohacking to the next level through sustainable farming. In the documentary “Common Ground” they talk about prioritizing regenerative agriculture-essentially restoring the land better than at the state it was found. 

Jeff Bezos

Photo credit: @jeffbezos Instagram

Size: 400,000 acres

What they do: Jeff Bezos owns the Corn Ranch, a vast property in Van Horn, Texas, originally spanning approximately 165,000 acres. Primarily used as a spaceport for Blue Origin, Bezos’ aerospace company, the ranch features a sub-orbital launch pad and rocket engine test stands. Located in a secluded area, it provides an ideal environment for rocket testing and has brought economic benefits to the local community.

In December 2023, Bezos’s partner, Lauren Sánchez, gave Vogue a helicopter tour of the property, which was estimated to be over 400,000 acres at that time. The feature highlighted notable attractions such as the 10,000 Year Clock, an underground structure symbolizing future thinking, and the Kármán Line Bar, a space-themed bar converted from a ranch building and adorned with space memorabilia. Additionally, the property boasts a two-story primary residence with floor-to-ceiling windows, serving as a gathering place for Bezos and Sanchez’s blended modern family during Thanksgiving celebrations.

Russell Crowe

Photo Credit: @russellcrowe

Where: Nana Glen, Australia

Size: 1.400 acres

What they do: The property, also known as the Wild Guy Station, includes a five-bedroom main home and rental accommodation of one and two-bedroom units. Crowe has over 500 cows roaming his sprawling grounds.He has built a roman-inspired chapel on his land for a wedding, which still stands today. Crowe has nurtured a vast organic garden, embracing the sustainability of regenerative agriculture. Following the 2019 New South Wales bushfires that ripped through the region, Crowe’s mission to help rejuvenate the property was accomplished. The idyllic spread includes a fenced orchard, chicken coop and three train carriages with the potential to convert them into additional accommodation.

Zach Galifianakis

Where: Alleghany County, North Carolina

Size: 60 acres

What they do: Galifianakis’s farm, also known as Farmageddon, lives on his farm in North Carolina. His farm consists of horses and honeybees. Understanding the importance of a honeybee’s job in the environment, Galifianakis incorporates safe honey bee farming. This includes retrieving the honey safely without harming any of the bees. His goal is to utilize the farm as a writer’s retreat for others to come to get away from the busy city life. 

Amanda Seyfried

Photo Credit: @mingey

Where: Catskills, New York

Size: ~20 acres

What they do: Along with her husband and her kids, Amanda lives on a farm in the Catskills. They raise close to 34 animals on the farm. From turtles to donkeys, they embellish the farm life to the utmost extent. Seyfried has also stated that they grow organic produce and crops to teach their kids about the sustainability of farming. They grow cucumber, peppers, lettuce, and so much more! In many interviews and articles, Seyfried has stated that moving onto a more organic lifestyle has provided her with some peace and solidarity that she initially lacked. 

Mark Ruffalo

Photo Credit: @markruffalo

Where: Callicoon New York

Size: 50 acre

What they do: Mark Ruffalo owns a 50-acre property on the site of a former dairy farm where he now grows strawberries and leases the land out to other farmers for “haying”. He wants to add sheep to his farm and currently sits on the Board of Directors for FarmHearts. His farm is complete with a vegetable garden, carved wooden animal sculptures, a barn, and an eco-friendly guest house. His goal is to create a natural farm for his family and future generations through sustainable farming and organic cropping. 

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