Over 20 years ago, Elton John made his thoughts on minimalism crystal clear. He shared a design philosophy with his friend, the late Gianni Versace, about living with less. The beloved fashion designer has often said that less is less and more is more. “And more is good,” said John Architectural Summary in an interview in May 2000. “Much more is very good.”
It’s no surprise, then, that the musician has amassed a sizable real estate portfolio over the past 50 years. His first home purchase was in 1974, a year after the album’s release goodbye yellow brick road, which features some of his most iconic songs, like “Bennie and the Jets” and “Candle in the Wind.” Known as Woodside, John’s estate in Berkshire, England, has undergone several renovations over the years, including after the superstar went to rehab in 1990.
“When I came out of rehab ten years ago, I realized that life is so much better than my home reflected it,” John said in the same AD interview. “I wanted a normal life, a traditional country house…. Since then, I always have a decorating project in progress, and because I always want to do more, every house is a work in progress. If I weren’t a musician, I would like to be a decorator.
When he’s not performing to sold-out crowds, the 75-year-old artist puts his eye for design to good use. Beyond his classic English country house, John also owns properties across Europe, including a summer home in Nice, France, and an apartment in Venice. In the United States, he owns a condo in Atlanta and two mansions in the Trousdale Estates neighborhood of Los Angeles.
Here, AD chronicles the many out-of-this-world homes owned by the Rocket Man himself, what they sold for, and where they are now.