by Mike Vogel
Updated 4 yearss ago
On pages that follow is a sampling of well-known people who live in Florida, from athletes and entertainers to artists and businesspeople. The coverage also highlights several star-heavy neighborhoods. The list, compiled by writers Mike Vogel, Jason Garcia and Amy Martinez, includes celebs here full time or part time. Like fame, the famous are fleeting; our list does not pretend to be encyclopedic.
Jimmy Buffett, 69, owns, by local standards, a modest home in Palm Beach. It totals "only" 4,039 square feet and has three bedrooms and three baths. It's away from the waterfront on an interior lot between the beach and the Intracoastal. He bought in 2011 for $4.95 million after he and wife, Jane, downsized, selling their first Palm Beach home for $18.5 million.
Michael Jordan, 52, bought at fellow celeb athlete Jack Nicklaus' ultra-private Bear's Club golf development in Palm Beach County. Jordan has a corner lot with nine bedrooms, 10 baths and 25,528 square feet.
Billionaire H. Wayne Huizenga, 77, founder of three Fortune 500 companies and onetime owner of three south Florida pro sports franchises, is most associated with Fort Lauderdale, but he also has a riverfront home near the St. Lucie County line. He sold his personal golf course, the Floridian Golf & Yacht, where he hosted celebrities from entertainment and business, in 2010.
Chris Evert, 60, former No.1 tennis player, Fort Lauderdale native, now lives in Palm Beach County.
Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson — former University of Miami player, wrestler, producer, and one of the world's top box-office draws as an actor — bought a newly constructed $5.5-million home in Southwest Ranches, near the home of his ex-wife, who is also his manager. Pro football player Brandon Marshall, 30, of the Chicago Bears owns a house nearby.
Wladimir Klitschko, 39, boxing champion, Hollywood, paid $3.55 million in 2008 for a 4,800-sq.-ft. threebedroom, four-bath unit at the Villas of Positano condo on Hollywood beach.
Athletes come and go, but Alonzo Mourning, 45, has stayed true to Miami. He and wife Tracy own a $2.9-million, six-bedroom, seven-bath house on an acre in Pinecrest.
Romero Britto, a 51-year-old native of Brazil, lives and works in Miami, where his popular paintings and sculptures combine elements of pop art, cubism and graffiti.
Robert Van Winkle, "Vanilla Ice," 47, was doing a good job of remaking himself as a Palm Beach County real estate investor and on his own DIY home flipper TV show — that is, until his arrest in February on theft charges.
David Cassidy, 64, "Partridge Family" star, Fort Lauderdale, lives in a $1.7-million home on a canal on South Ocean Drive south of the Bahia Mar. Wife Sue filed for divorce in February.
Ahmad Rashad, 65, former NFL player and broadcaster, Palm Beach Gardens.
Jack Nicklaus, the "Golden Bear," 75, lives in North Palm Beach. His considerable business empire is based in the county as well. The greatest individual male athlete of the 20th century, according to Sports Illustrated.
Pharrell Williams, 41, singer, Brickell Avenue condo, Miami.
LeBron James, 30. The "King" left the Miami Heat for the Cleveland Cavaliers and put his eight-bredroom bayfront Coconut Grove mansion up for sale. Asking price: $17 million.
Miami Heat player Chris Bosh, 30, has a six-bedroom, eight-bath, 11,000-sq.-ft. house in La Gorce in Miami Beach.
The Heat's Dwyane Wade, 33, has an 11,690-sq.-ft. bayfront home on North Bay Road, Miami Beach.
Bill Gates, 59, has a seasonal home in Wellington, an epicenter of the equestrian circuit his daughter competes in.
Miami Heat President Pat Riley, 69, and wife, Chris, live in the penthouse of the 22-story Apogee on South Beach, a four-bedroom, fourbath unit he bought for $11.8 million in 2008. It has keyless fingerprint door entry, a gas fireplace and lots of other amenities. Riley has been with the Heat since 1995, his longest tenure with an NBA team.
Judy Blume, 77, author, lives in Key West.
Miami's royalty, Gloria, 57, and Emilio Estefan, 62, live on Star Island, in a 15,547-sq.-ft. waterfront house valued at $18 million. It has a tennis court, gazebo, wading pool, whirlpool, pool and dock.
Actor Christian Slater, 45, has a 1920s-era, four-bedroom house in Coconut Grove.
Mario "Don Francisco" Kreutzberger, 74, host of the world's longest-running variety show, "Sabado Gigante," and "Don Francisco Presenta," lives in Indian Creek Village.
Barry Gibb, 68, the last surviving brother of the iconic Bee Gees, has a two-story waterfront home, complete with dock, in Miami Beach.
Ann Coulter, 53, political commentator, lives in Palm Beach. In 2005, she paid $1.8 million for a wood-frame, stucco home that dates to 1925.
Bruce Springsteen, 65, whose daughter is an equestrienne, has a seasonal home in the Wellington area.
Tony Robbins, 55, motivational guru, Manalapan.
Rory McIlroy, 25, a native of Ireland, bought a Palm Beach Gardens house.
Rush Limbaugh, 64, broadcaster, is a resident of Palm Beach.
Howard Stern, 61, broadcaster, bought a $52-million estate in 2013 in Palm Beach.
Football TV analyst and former UM, Dolphins and Cowboys head coach Jimmy Johnson, 71, has a home on Plantation Key in Islamorada, and his name is on a private residence club and a restaurant on Key Largo.
Katrina "Trina" Taylor, 36, home-grown rap artist, Miami.
Don Shula, 85, Hall of Fame Dolphins coach, Indian Creek Village.
Rod Stewart, 70, musician, winters in Palm Beach.
Russia-born and Bradentoncoached (Nick Bollettieri's tennis academy) Anna Kournikova, 33, lives in Miami.
Paulina Rubio, 43, Latin music queen, Brickell Avenue condo, Miami.
Johnny Bench, 67, Hall of Fame catcher, has a $3.3-million riverfront home in Sawfish Bay Colony in Jupiter.
Florida native Tramar L. "Flo Rida" Dillard, 35, has a 6,887-sq.-ft. house in Southwest Ranches in Broward County.
Much of "CSI Miami" was shot in California, but star David Caruso, 59, still owns a $715,000, three-bedroom unit in the Il Villaggio on South Beach,
Argentine-born U.S. broadcaster Andres Cantor, 52, he of the "GOOOOOOOOLLLLLL!" in soccer, has a unit in the Mei on Collins in Miami Beach. He and wife, Liliana, bought in 2013 for $2.3 million. They also have a four-bedroom Miami house valued at $1.2 million.
Kevin James, 49, comedy movie actor, Delray Beach.
Joe Namath, 71, retired quarterback, Tequesta.
Broadcaster Brent Musburger, 75, owns a $1.9-million lakefront home in the Loxahatchee Club Jupiter. He's had it since 1995. A few doors down, a comparably priced 6,744-sq.-ft. home is owned by Bryant Gumbel, 66.
Serena Williams, 33, and Sister Palm Beach County before they were tweens. They jointly own a 10,687-sq.-ft. place at BallenIsles in Palm Beach Gardens. Serena also has an undeveloped lot at Bear's Club in Jupiter.
Brazilian-born auto racer and "Dancing with Castroneves, 39, has two Adjoining waterfront houses on a finger island in Seven Isles in Fort Lauderdale.
Shakira, 38, seems like she's had her Miami Beach home — six bedrooms, seven baths, waterfront — for sale for ages.
The southwest Broward County burbs are popular with urban music stars. Cash Money Records co-founder Ronald "Slim" Williams, 47, lives in one of south Florida's largest single-family homes, a 34,039-sq.-ft. house in Weston.
Kid Rock, 44, has a $3.2-million, 6,774-sq.-ft. house on the ocean in Jupiter Inlet Colony.
Lenny Kravitz, 50, singer, musician, actor, designer, has a home in Miami Beach.
TV personality Cristina Saralegui, 67, has a sixbedroom, five-bath house in Pinecrest.
Stuart Woods, 77, author, Key West.
Cuba-born recording artist and actor Jon Secada, 53, is a grad of both Hialeah High School and the University of Miami. Active in local philanthropy, he has a 7,284-sq.-ft. house, with tennis court and pool, several blocks west of UM.
Pitbull (Armando Christian Perez), 34, the local tough kid made good, lives in Miami but spends much time on the road. He did host "Pitbull's New Year's Revolution" on Fox from Miami.
Julio Iglesias, 71, singer, lives in Indian Creek Village. "After a lifetime of traveling the world, I can say that Indian Creek is my favorite place on the planet," he told a reporter once.
Enrique Iglesias, 39, singer, Miami.
Dion Dimucci, 75, singer, Boca Raton.
Dan Marino and his wife, Claire, own a four-bedroom home in Weston, but in March bought a unit at Auberge Beach Residences & Spa, an ultra-luxury oceanfront condo tower set for opening in 2017 that's being developed by Miami's Related Group and Fortune International.
Rapper, producer and businessman Sean Combs, 45, owns a home on Star Island.
When you sell 300 million books, you can afford an oceanfront mansion in Palm Beach. Former ad executive James Patterson, most well known for his novels about psychologist Alex Cross, has had 19 consecutive New York Times' No. 1 bestsellers.
Celebrity Neighborhood: The Island
Palm Beach is home, seasonally or year-round, to 28 people on the Forbes 400. No. 4 on the Forbes list is No. 1 on Palm Beach — David Koch at $42.9 billion. His fellow Forbes 400 member and brother, Bill, is the one to actually have his company, Oxbow Carbon, headquartered locally. Bill Koch also bankrolled the start of a local private school, Oxbridge Academy. Forbes 400 member Henry Kravis' name adorns the local performing arts center. Robert Kraft, familiar to many as the New England Patriots owner, has a house on Palm Beach. Dolphins Owner and New York-based real estate developer Stephen Ross, developer of CityPlace in West Palm Beach, also lives on the island. Donald Trump, who has a home on the island, has his fingers all over south Florida real estate. He saved Trump Mar-A-Lago, the 126-room, 20-acre estate built by socialite Marjorie Merriweather Post and her husband, Edward F. Hutton. After renovating it, Trump turned it into a private club. Trump has leased his name to several developments and also owns the Doral resort.
Celebrity Neighborhood: Indian Creek Village
Thanks to satellite photography and the internet, it's easy to get a bird's-eye view of Indian Creek Village, a tiny community jutting into Biscayne Bay. It's the only view you'll get easily. The 294-acre island of the super-rich is protected by a security detail and even has its own 24-hour marine patrol. Indian Creek only has about 40 lots, all waterfront, with a golf course in the middle of the island. It dates to the 1930s and served as a place for wealthy vacation homes until in recent years the super-rich began knocking them down to build year-round palaces. The Miami Herald reported last year that the community's 86 residents have a net worth around $37 billion, though $20.3 billion of it comes from Carl Icahn alone. Other owners include Don Shula, singer Julio Iglesias, car dealer Norman Braman, basketball coach Rick Pitino and investor Edward Lampert, whose $38.4-million home purchase set a Miami-Dade record until surpassed by an unidentified Russian who paid $47 million in 2012 for a 13-bedroom house. Local legend homeowners include real estate investors Jackie Soffer and brother Jeffrey, who is married to supermodel Elle MacPherson. Beyonce and Jay-Z used to live on Indian Creek. Jill Eber, half of the top-end real estate team of "The Jills," says an empty lot on the island is under contract for $26 million and another home is on the market for $19.8 million. Properties priced in the tens of millions are not unusual for her and colleague Jill Hertzberg. They have a house on Miami Beach for sale for $37 million, Eber says. "We are seeing a lot of the international buyers, but the Americans are really driving the market now. There are a lot of hedge fund people and CEOs."
Celebrity Spotting: Miami Beach
Lots of restaurants host celebrities. Just a few, including Joe's Stone Crab, become celebrities in their own right.
Hungarian immigrant Joe Weiss and his wife, Jennie, in 1913 started what became Joe's Stone Crab two years before the founding of the City of Miami Beach. (Only the Columbia in Ybor City is older in Florida.)
Joe's is known for its signature stone crab claws. It's also known to be second nationally to Las Vegas's Tao Asian Bistro in annual revenue, at $35.3 million, according to Restaurant Business magazine. Many of the restaurant's wellpaid, tux-clad waiters have been there for decades.
Joe's is also very well known for its famous guests. Historical figures include J. Edgar Hoover, Al Capone, Meyer Lansky, Coretta Scott King and every president since Eisenhower, though Barack Obama only did delivery. Damon Runyon ate there, as have Madonna, Billy Joel, Sean Connery, Jennifer Lopez, Frank Sinatra, Muhammad Ali, Princess Caroline, Jimmy Buffett, author Dan Brown, Michael Douglas, Billy Crystal, Val Kilmer and Martha Stewart.
"My first celebrity was Jackie Gleason," says general manager Brian Johnson, who started at Joe's in 1980. The restaurant was in the movie The Mean Season and appeared under a pseudonym in Ian Fleming's Goldfinger.
Now owned by the fourth generation of the Weiss family and run by Steve Sawitz, the great-grandson of Joe and Jennie Weiss, the 400-employee restaurant has an online store, and the brand has expanded to Chicago, Washington and Las Vegas. The take away "window" has tables and a wine bar.
Celebrities: North Florida
Jacksonville's most famous face might belong to former University of Football quarterback Tim Tebow, a native of the city. The former Heisman Trophy winner, now a college football analyst for ESPN, bought a $1.4-million home last year at a Jacksonville country club, a move that made headlines across the country.
Tony Boselli, 42, a retired Jacksonville Jaguars offensive lineman, was a three-time All- Pro selection. Boselli is now a lobbyist in Jacksonville for Tallahassee-based Ballard Partners and lives in Ponte Vedra.
Fred Funk, 58, a Maryland native who now primarily plays on the Champions Tour, won eight PGA Tour titles, including the 2005 Players Championship, held annually at the TPC at Sawgrass in Ponte Vedra Beach.
Jim Furyk, 44, is one of the top golfers in the world. Born in Pennsylvania, Furyk won the U.S. Open in 2003 and was the PGA Tour's Player of the Year in 2010. He lives in Ponte Vedra.
Christian Laettner, 45, starred for Duke University's back-to-back national championship teams in 1991 and 1992 and then spent 13 seasons in the NBA. The New York native and Ponte Vedra Beach resident made one of the most famous shots in college basketball history, hitting a turnaround jump shot as time expired to lift Duke over the University of Kentucky in the east regional finals of the 1992 NCAA tournament.
Todd Martin, 44, a retired tennis player who was one of the tallest players on tour at 6-foot-6 and was once ranked as high as fourth in the world.
Vijay Singh, 52, professional golfer once ranked No.1 in the world, won three major championships (the Masters in 2000 and the PGA Championship in 1998 and 2004) and led the PGA Tour in annual earnings three times (2003, 2004 and 2008).
MaliVai Washington, 45, a retired tennis player, won four titles and reached the finals of Wimbledon in 1996.
Mark Brunell, 44, made three Pro Bowls while quarterbacking the Jacksonville Jaguars from the mid-1990s to the early 2000s. Now retired, Brunell filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy in 2010, listing assets of $5.5 million but liabilities of $24.7 million, according to a report in the Times-Union. His business ventures have included an interest in 11 Whataburger franchises. He is now the head football coach at the Episcopal School of Jacksonville.
Artis Gilmore, 65, a member of the pro basketball Hall of Fame, in 1970 led tiny Jacksonville University to the finals of the NCAA Tournament, where it lost to perennial powerhouse UCLA. A center, Gilmore was a five-time All- Star in the American Basketball Association before the league disbanded. He then joined the NBA, becoming a four-time All-Star with the Chicago Bulls and a two-time All-Star with the San Antonio Spurs. He's now a special assistant to the president at Jacksonville University.
Celebrity Neighborhood: North Florida
Most of the area's famous residents are golfers and tennis players, befitting a region that is home to the headquarters of both the PGA Tour and the ATP Tour. And almost all of them live outside of Jacksonville proper in Ponte Vedra Beach, the wealthiest enclave in St. Johns County, which is itself the wealthiest county in Florida north of Palm Beach. In fact, 19 of the 25 most expensive homes in the fourcounty area around Jacksonville are in Ponte Vedra Beach, according to MansionQuest.com, a real estate website produced by Winter Park-based Potomoc Land Co.
Celebrities: Central Florida
Stuart Appleby, 43, a native of Australia, made news in January after reporting to police that he'd been beaten and robbed after drinking in a wine bar in Honolulu, where he'd just missed the cut at the Sony open. He lives in Isleworth.
Vince Carter, 38, an eighttime NBA All-Star, owns a restaurant in his hometown of Daytona Beach. Carter's lakefront mansion in Isleworth is a 31,000-sq.-ft., nine-bedroom behemoth with a market value of just under $10 million.
Annika Sorenstam, 44, one of the top female golfers in history, lives at Lake Nona. Sorenstam, who holds dual Swedish and U.S. citizenship, won 72 tournaments, including 10 majors, and leads the LPGA's career money list.
David Siegel, founder of Westgate Resorts, and his wife, Jacqueline, were featured in a 2012 documentary, "The Queen of Versailles," along with the lavish, 90,000-sq.-ft. home they're building in Windermere.
Arnold Palmer, 85, is recognized as one of the greatest golfers to play the game. "The King" isn't just one of Orlando's biggest celebrities; he's one of its biggest philanthropists.
Former NBA star Shaquille O'Neal has owned a home in Isleworth since his days playing with the Orlando Magic. Likewise Grant Hill, the seventime NBA All-Star.
Both Barry Larkin, 50, a member of the Baseball Hall of Fame, and Ken Griffey Jr., 45, who played for three teams during his 22-year MLB career, live just outside of Iselworth in Windermere.
Graeme McDowell, 35, a pro golfer originally from Northern Ireland, won the 2010 U.S. Open. McDowell co-owns "Nona Blue," an upscale tavern in Lake Nona, where he lives.
Retief Goosen, 46, is a South African-born pro golfer and two-time winner of the U.S. Open (2001, 2004). Property records show Goosen owns homes in both Lake Nona and Isleworth, though he played for Lake Nona in the 2012 edition of the Tavistock Cup.
Lou Holtz, 78, is a college football analyst who coached the Notre Dame Fighting Irish from 1986-96, winning the national championship in 1988. He lives in Lake Nona.
Another college football analyst, Lee Corso, 79, is one Of the feature commentators on ESPN's College GameDay program. He lives in Lake Mary.
Doug Flutie, 52, a former Heisman Trophy winner and NFL player with the Buffalo Bills, among others, was the quarterback behind one of the most famous moments in football history: A 48-yard "Hail Mary" touchdown pass as the clock expired that lifted Boston College to a win over the University of Miami. He lives in Melbourne Beach.
Nick Faldo, 57, a Hall of Fame golfer and who won six major championships (including three Masters), lives in Winter Park.
Chris Kirkpatrick, 43, a singer and former of the band 'N Sync, one of several members of that group and fellow "boy band" Backstreet Boys with roots in central Florida, lives in Orlando.
Tim Wakefield, 48, a former knuckleball pitcher who spent 17 of his 19 seasons in the majors with the Boston Red Sox, lives in Indian Harbour Beach.
Celebrity Neighborhood: Central Florida
The residents of the Orlando area with any degree of fame tend to be from the world of athletics, including a number of basketball players, golfers, baseball players and tennis players, most of whom live in either the Isleworth development in Windermere or in the Lake Nona development east of downtown Orlando.
Designed by legendary golfer Arnold Palmer on a former orange grove on the shores of the Butler Chain of Lakes, Isleworth has been a magnet for pro sport stars for years. Access to the 600-acre compound, which is owned now by billionaire Joe Lewis' Tavistock Group, is gated and monitored by a 30-member security detail. After Tiger Woods sold his home in Isleworth in 2013 while divorcing his then-wife, Elin Nordegren, he found a buyer in fellow Pro golfer Bubba Watson. Many titans of tourism also call Iselworth home, including Universal Parks & Resorts Chairman Tom Williams and retired Disney execs Dick Nunis and Al Weiss.
Celebrities: Treasure Coast
Vero Beach is a second home for several big-name executives, athletes and entertainers. A notable: Billionaire Pete Peterson, founder of private equity firm Blackstone Group. His beachfront house is at the Windsor Club, a real estate development that the Wall Street Journal once described as "Less Glitz and No Kitsch." Prince Charles visited upon a time. Former tennis player Ivan Lendl lives there too. Miami's Gloria and Emilio Estefan own a beachfront home in Vero Beach, which she once described as "my favorite place on earth." After a hurricane damaged the Palm Court Hotel, they rebuilt it as the Costa d'Este Beach Resort. Her enthusiasm has led to other celebs vacationing in the area.
Magazine editor and commentator Fred Barnes lives in Vero Beach.
Sandy Koufax, retired baseball player, lives in a threebedroom, three-bath Hidden Harbor townhouse on A1A built in 1991.
Fay Vincent, former baseball commissioner, has a four-bedroom, four-bath single-family home on the Indian River Lagoon that cost $5.85 million in 2007.
Burt Reynolds, 79, came home to southeast Florida throughout his career. The Palm Beach High graduate now lives in a $3-million residence in Tequesta in Martin County, but there's still a park named for him in Palm Beach County as well as a film and theater institute. There are plans for a Reynolds museum to replace the one torn down in 2012 to make way for the Harbourside development in Jupiter.
Celine Dion's 5-yearold, 5.5-acre oceanfront estate on Jupiter Island is for sale for $62.5 million.
Golfer and entrepreneur Greg Norman has an eight-acre estate on Jupiter Island that stretches from the ocean to Intracoastal. It seems to forever be for sale.
Tiger Woods' Jupiter Island house has a practice course.
Novelist and Miami Herald columnist Carl Hiaasen and his wife, Fenia, own a twostory home in Pelican Cove, a barrier island neighborhood in Vero Beach, though they don't have beachfront.
Celebrities: Southwest Florida
Retired New York Yankees shortstop Derek Jeter, 40, bought three waterfront lots a decade ago for $7.7 million to build a 30,875-sq.-ft. mansion with seven bedrooms and nine bathrooms in Tampa's Davis Islands neighborhood. Locals call it "St. Jetersburg." In a rare interview with a local TV station in 2013, Jeter was asked what it's like to live in Hillsborough County's largest house. "Well, I mean, it's all right," he said with a chuckle.
Ex-wrestler Terry Bollea, 61 — better known by his ring name Hulk Hogan — lives with his wife, Jennifer, on Clearwater Beach in a 5,000-sq.-ft. home they bought for $3.3 million in 2012. It's less than a third the size of Bollea's previous home along the Intracoastal Waterway in Belleair, where his family's reality show "Hogan Knows Best" was shot. Bollea also owns Hogan's Beach, a bar and restaurant on the Courtney Campbell Causeway in Tampa.
Not too far away is fellow pro wrestling star John Cena, 37, who owns a home at Nature's Reserve in Pasco County's Land O' Lakes. An avid baseball fan, Cena grew up in Massachusetts rooting for the Boston Red Sox but has become one of the most recognized Tampa Bay Rays fans since moving to Florida in 2004.
Cheap Trick singer Robin Zander, 62, and his wife, Pam, a former model and local high school graduate, have long called Safety Harbor home in northern Pinellas County.
AC/DC lead singer Brian Johnson, 67, and bassist Cliff Williams, 65, both live in southwest Florida. Johnson has a $4-million waterfront home on Bird Key in Sarasota; Williams lives in a 13,200-sq.- ft. Fort Myers estate. "Florida Feels like home," Johnson told Florida Trend in 2013. "When I go back to England, I feel like I'm visiting."
TV personality Jerry Springer, 71, is another famous Bird Key resident. He owns a 6,000-sq.-ft. home worth $2.4 million on Sarasota Bay.
James Rosenquist, 81, a pop art pioneer and contemporary of Andy Warhol, Roy Lichtenstein, Robert Rauschenberg and others, lives in Aripeka, a small town straddling the border of Pasco and Hernando counties.
Tennis star Monica Seles, 41, moved to Bradenton in the 1980s to train under Nick Bollettieri at what is now IMG Academy. She eventually settled in Sarasota, where she owns a 5,800-sq.-ft. country club house. She listed it for sale last year for $1.8 million, expressing a desire to find something smaller in the area.
Retired tennis pro Mary Carillo, 58, raised two children in Naples with former husband Bill Bowden. The globe-trotting sportscaster owns a 1950s cottage in Old Naples.
Novelist Stephen King, 67, and his wife, Tabitha, have long vacationed in southwest Florida. They bought a secluded Casey Key house for $8.9 million in 2001 — then a record in Sarasota County.
In 2013, comedian Rosie O'Donnell, 53, spent $5 million on a vacation home in Casey Key. She planned to share it with her now-estranged wife, Michelle Rounds, and their five children. The threestory house is now listed at $5.75 million.
Basketball sportscaster Dick Vitale, 75, who lives in Lakewood Ranch in southeastern Manatee County, is one of the region's most visible personalities and a notable philanthropist.
Former NBA star and Indiana Pacers President Larry Bird, 58, has been a Naples resident for more than 10 years, but now wants to sell his 6,000-sq.-ft. waterfront home in the Park Shore neighborhood for $4.6 million.
Rocker Bob Seger, 69, owns a $2.4-million condo on the beach in Naples.
TV star Judith Sheindlin (Judge Judy) has an 8,550-sq.- ft. Penthouse in Naples with Gulf views. She and her judge husband, Jerry, bought the home in 2005 for $6.9 million.
Legendary Chicago Bears coach Mike Ditka, 75, splits his time between Chicago and Naples, where he and his wife, Diana, own a 3,400-sq.-ft. home.
At 39, Jon Gruden was the youngest coach to win a Super Bowl when he led the Tampa Bay Buccaneers to victory after the 2002 season. Gruden, 51, and his wife, Cynthia, own a 7,946-sq.-ft. Tampa home they bought in 2007 for $3.3 million in the Avila neighborhood. He signed an ESPN contract extension through 2021.
Celebrity Neighborhoods: Southwest Florida
Tampa's walled and gated Avila neighborhood has had its share of famous residents over the years, including sports stars like Fred McGriff, Mariano Rivera, Jorge Posada, Warren Sapp and Tony Dungy. The beachfront enclave of Port Royal in Naples is home to former Dolphins and Bears head coach Dave Wannstedt and software mogul Arthur Allen, who has put his five-acre estate up for sale at $75 million.
Celebrity Spotting: Southwest Florida
As part of its growth strategy, the Church of Scientology has cultivated celebrity believers. One result: Celebrity sightings in Clearwater and the environs around the church's downtown campus, the church's spiritual headquarters. Tom Cruise has been seen, and Lisa Marie Presley called Clearwater home for a time until she sold her waterfront home to current owner Kirstie Alley. John Travolta, when at his Ocala-area fly-in home, is said to fly down daily. Pianist Chick Corea lives in Clearwater.
Celebrities: Northwest Florida
Pensacola native and boxing champion Roy Jones Jr., 46, has property in the city and said he wanted to run for mayor. But he didn't meet the test of a year's legal residency.
Chef, restauranteur, host of "Emeril's Florida," Emeril Lagasse, 55, lives in Destin.
Former "MASH" TV show star, investor and sometimes Fox TV commentator Wayne Rogers, 81, has a unit in Destin.
Musicians Vince Gill, 57, and his wife, Amy Grant, 54, have a Walton County condo.
"Trading Spaces" designer Vern Yip, 46, has a home in Vince Gill Rosemary Beach.