For A-listers, singers and celebrities being chase by hordes of tabloid and TMZ-type paparazzi, there's not a lot of anonymity when it comes to romance.
So what's a star to do about a little private place to cozy up without the intrusion of the looming lenses? Find a romantic hideaway — preferably one with an infinity pool, hot tub, and manicured and gated grounds!
In honor of Valentine's Day, we're taking a peek past the high walls and security to see where some of the big stars — past and present — hole up with their significant others.
Since her days on "Friends," Jennifer Aniston has reaped the "rewards" of stardom like no other, especially since her high-profile split from Brad Pitt. Jennifer's relationships — and rumors of pregnancies — are a constant source of media fodder.
Her latest relationship with actor Justin Theroux has been no different, especially now that the couple recently purchased a home together. Jen and Justin's new home is located in the ultra-private and celeb-friendly Bel-Air neighborhood. Priced at $24.9 million, they reportedly snagged the home for around $22 million.
The mid-century modern home, above, was designed in 1965 by noted Los Angeles architect A. Quincy Jones. Set on a 3+ acre promontory with high gates, the home gives Jen and Justin privacy as well as spectacular city views.
The vampire couple in the "Twilight" series is a couple in real life too, albeit a super private one. Although it's commonly reported that they're together, the two have never formally announced their relationship. They prefer to hide out from the media's prying eyes in romantic hideaways.
One of "Twilight" stars' more famous hideaways was a Los Angeles home rental, pictured above, that they snagged last summer. According to previous listing information, the lake home offers "privacy, serenity and tranquility," perfect for the stars to take a breather between filming. The 5-bedroom, 5-bath home sits on over half an acre of land overlooking the Stone Canyon Reservoir at the end of a gated dead-end drive, but is only minutes from Sunset Strip and the rest of Beverly Hills.
Gisele Bundchen stands by her man — even when his team loses the Super Bowl. This past weekend the Brazilian supermodel was caught on camera badmouthing the Patriots' receivers for their Super Bowl performance, something most Boston fans did not appreciate.
Despite her less-than-favorable remarks, Gisele and Tom still have it pretty good. According to Forbes, the beautiful duo is the highest paid celebrity couple, raking in a combined $76 million annually.
Like many couples, the photogenic duo spent their first years of marriage in an apartment. Their home wasn't just any apartment though; the limestone Boston townhouse, pictured above, was built in 1900 and has over 5,000 square feet of living space.
Recently, Tom and Gisele have upgraded, moving to California, where they constructed a far more sprawling and private living space — a $20 million, 22,000-square foot estate in the Brentwood real estate market in Los Angeles.
Power couple Ellen DeGeneres and Portia de Rossi met backstage of an awards ceremony in 2004 and began dating shortly after. The two were engaged and married in 2008. For most of their relationship, the two have lived on an enormous custom compound that includes several homes and properties they've added over the years. While the 26-acre place was perfect for the animal-loving pair (they own two dogs, three cats, two horses, two cows and two miniature horses) they listed the home on the Beverly Hills real estate market for a whopping $49 million in 2011.
The couple's new home is a romantic hillside modern, above, located above Malibu's beaches. Previously owned by another Hollywood power couple — Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie — the home has been completely renovated. Containing 4,088 square feet of living space with 4 bedrooms and 4 bathrooms on a 1.26-acre lot, the home will hopefully contain Portia and Ellen's menagerie.
Previously linked to Matt Damon, Tom Cruise and Matthew McConaughy, Penelope Cruz made it official with her smoldering Spanish boyfriend Javier Bardem in 2010 in a private marriage ceremony in the Bahamas. The Academy-Award winning actors, she for "Vicky Cristina Barcelona" and he for "No Country for Old Men," began dating after appearing in "Vicky Cristina Barcelona" in 2007.
It would make sense that the romantic stars would have an equally romantic home. Built in 1956, Penelope and Javier's home has been completely updated, resulting in a Balinese-modern style. However, their home is on the smaller side, at least in terms of celebrity real estate, and may have led the couple and their to list the home for sale on the Hollywood Hills real estate market. After nearly a year on the market, the home recently sold for $2,888,000.
The love story of the country duo Johnny Cash and June Carter Cash was epic even by Hollywood standards and was portrayed in the film "Walk the Line," starring Reese Witherspoon and Joaquin Phoenix. A second marriage for both of them, the musicians were married in 1968 and toured together for 35 years until they died four months apart in 2003.
While Johnny and June lived the majority of their life together on a sprawling lakefront home in Henderson, TN, Cash moved to a smaller ranch-style home he owned across the street after June died. The ranch house, which was always referred to as "Mama Cash's house" because it was where Cash's mother lived, has been listed for sale on and off since 2009. In addition to being the place where Cash last stayed, the house on Claudill Drive once housed some very unique Cash mementos, including the Gold Record for Cash's major hit: "I Walk The Line."
Before the weddings, two Academy Awards, and her role in "Cleopatra," film icon Elizabeth Taylor was engaged to William Pawley, Jr., the son of successful business man and ambassador to Brazil. The two met in Florida in 1949, when Elizabeth's family had a vacation home. Elizabeth was 17 at the time, William was 28.
Taylor spent quite some time on William's family estate during their six-month engagement and it was the place where she mailed several of her long, detailed, love letters. Although Elizabeth never married William, the 9-bedroom, 9-bath waterfront home is still a perfect place for a romantic rendezvous.