Reality television is very much scripted reality. Nowhere is this more apparent than in the case of the "X-Factor's" – "Judges' Homes" portion of the pre-live show auditions. The homes shown don't ever look particularly, well, "home-y", and the interior design of each house suggests that it was put together for the purposes of impressing prospective buyers, rather than for someone to actually live there. As the "Judges' Homes" round begins next week on the U.S. version of the "X-Factor", it seemed like the perfect time to look at the real home of one of the members of the judging panel. Simon Cowell is the man responsible for discovering a large number of now successful singers both in the US and the UK, and his multiple properties attest to that fact. One of his homes is in a very secure celebrity enclave in Los Angeles. The property is stunning, and you can bet it will not be appearing in any upcoming episodes.
Simon Cowell's house in Los Angeles is 7,265 square feet, and contains four bedrooms and four bathrooms, spread out over two stories. The entire building is part of an ultra-secure private estate, which a number of other celebrities, including Ringo Starr, also call home. Simon Cowell's house features floor-to-ceiling windows, high ceilings, a stunning pool, complete with fountains and Grecian urns, and a fully-stocked cocktail bar that could easily fit in the trendiest of lounges. The property cost him approximately $15 million, and is now part of an extensive property portfolio that includes a $3.3 million house in Barbados, a $14.5 million mansion, currently under construction, also in Barbados, an $8 million home in Los Angeles, a $14.5 million home in London, a $1.6 million property on an island near Dubai, a smaller vacation home in Malaga, and a massive $24.2 million mansion in Beverly Hills. The mansion has been under almost perpetual renovation for the last five years. With all of those properties, maybe "X-Factor" contestants will actually get to see one of Simon Cowell's house, but I wouldn't hold my breath.