Why Celebrities Like Justin Bieber Are Flocking to L.A.'s Suburbia
Reality TV has helped turn the bedroom communities of Calabasas and Hidden Hills into bold-name hideaways.our editor recommends
This story originally appeared in the June 8 issue of The Hollywood Reporter magazine.
The enclaves of Calabasas and Hidden Hills -- located just beyond the Los Angeles border at the southwestern corner of the San Fernando Valley -- recently got even more star-studded. The newest kid in town is Justin Bieber, who made headlines in late March when he purchased a $6.5 million, five-bedroom pad that includes a movie theater with stadium seating. It's in a rarefied Calabasas enclave-within-an-enclave of less than 50 properties called the Estates at the Oaks, which is behind two sets of paparazzi-proof gates. Bieber, whose house was owned by Eddie Murphy's ex-wife Nicole, counts as his Oaks neighbors Tommy Lee, Gary Sinise and Community's Ken Jeong, plus Katherine Jackson, who is sheltering the late King of Pop's children there. Bieber lately has become something of a fixture in the city, which also counts the likes of Rebecca Romijn and Jerry O'Connell, Brandy and Kendra Wilkinson as residents. He regularly is seen tooling down Parkway Calabasas in his electric Fisker Karma sports car; on May 27, he scuffled with a photographer while on a date to see Men in Black 3 at The Commons, the chichi retail center that serves as Calabasas' town square, prompting a police investigation.
Why Celebrities Like Justin Bieber Are Flocking to L.A.'s Suburbia - The Hollywood Reporter