It's Outdoors Week! And while the greatest thing about the great outdoors is that they're open to all, celebrities aren't just like the rest of us: they pay gajillions for insane, over-the-top, weird outdoor spaces to enjoy in their coddled privacy. We've rounded up seven of Los Angeles's craziest celebrity yards for your enjoyment.
↑ No list of amazing, celebrity-owned outdoor amenities could begin with anything other than these grounds. Don't let the amazing, torch-lit grotto section of Drake's pool distract you from other areas, like the swim-up bar or double waterfalls. The Canadian singer/former teen actor's Hidden Hills backyard (which he bought from the guy who owns the goofy Saddle Ranch restaurant) also features a supremely expensive-looking wooden ping-pong table; a towering, elaborate fireplace that would sing tenor if this were a Disney musical; and a rectangle of sand for playing beach volleyball. Drake found the house by Googling "What are the world's craziest residential pools?"
↑ The Bird Streets mansion of Swedish Dj Avicii has a pool that begins at his doorstep, flows into a lap pool, and then flows again into a cantilevered pool that hangs over the side of his house. A water feature like that combined with the breathtaking views from his yard (plus his DJ skills) means that the party is always at Avicii's house.
↑ Last we heard, pop sensation Rihanna was renting a house above the Sunset Strip with a naughty pool and a tawdry history. The house, owned by a DJ who purchased it from the creator of Rockstar energy drinks, is the pinnacle of high class and good taste. Just kidding! When viewed from above, the pool and 12-person spa has been said to resemble a penis. It's kind of a like a Magic Eye picture: some people see it; others don't.
↑ The sprawling Holmby Hills home of the late, great American Top 40 host Casey Kasem has many lavish features, but none perhaps more unique than the heart-shaped pool in the backyard. The pool has two bathhouses, as well as three Greek-ish pavillions by the base of the heart. There's also a par-three golf course, formal gardens, and a tennis court tucked into the backyard property.
↑ Ashton Kutcher's former Hollywood Hills house has a floating dining area, a meandering infinity pool that enters the house, and a patio with a killer view of Lake Hollywood. We've betting it was hard to leave the place for the more traditional, more baby-safe BHPO mansion he recently purchased with his pregnant former That '70s Show co-star Mila Kunis.
[Video via @katyweaver]
↑ This video, while brief, offers a glimpse into the weirdo backyard that performer/provocateur Miley Cyrus clearly put together for herself. Salient features include a Hollywood Sign; a life-sized white horse; and a four-person, $25,000 tipi, which fits four. Miley bought the cute mid-century house back in 2011.
↑ Damn, Ron Popeil: way to have a beautiful piece of land. Known as Rancho Quinta Ladera, this 150-acre ranch in the San Marcos Pass outside of Santa Barbara was established by President McKinley and has horseback-riding trails, giant, old oak trees, and a barn. Oh, yes, and it also has extensive, unfettered views of the surrounding hills.
· Outdoors Week 2014 [Curbed LA]