We think Hertfordshire is the perfect place to live.
The list of reasons is endless, from its proximity to London to its wealth of things to do and places to visit.
And it seems we’re not alone in thinking this, as several A-list celebrities have called our county their home over the years.
Some of the most famous faces from around the world have lived here from stars of the big screen to musicians and sporting legends.
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Many of the stars still live in the county, so it’s worth keeping an eye out the next time you’re in town or giving a second look to the car next to you at the traffic lights.
That being said, given the price and size of some of their houses, you probably shouldn’t expect to see them nipping down to the shops.
Here are the 13 biggest stars that have called Hertfordshire home:
David and Victoria Beckham
The Beckhams were possibly the county’s most famous residents until they sold their Sawbridgeworth mansion in 2013. ‘Beckingham Palace’ as it was dubbed was a huge home in the village, and sold for just over £11million.
The footballer and Spice Girl turned fashion designer had bought the house in 1999, with the couple remaining close to where Victoria was born in nearby Harlow.
However, the family started spending less time in the county following their move to the US in 2007 and have since left the county.
The star of the Harry Potter films grew up in Hertford as he filmed the series. He has also stayed in Hertfordshire as an adult, where he has started a booming property business.
While it’s not clear whereabouts he lives in the county now, reports suggest he owns property worth over £24million in Hertfordshire and the surrounding area.
These include more modest homes he’s turned around in Hitchin, and also a huge mansion in Kimpton he bought following his Hollywood success which has continued to grow in value.
The musician grew up in Hertford before moving to Bristol to study music, and while we’d never usually recommend leaving the county, considering his later success it seems a shrewd decision.
It’s not clear if he still lives in Hertfordshire, but earlier this year he did pass his driving test in St Albans, so it seems that he does still have links to the area, and you might be able to see him on the roads – when he’s not in a tourbus at least.
Cheryl might be famous for her roots in the north east, but she’s been a Hertfordshire resident for much of her adult life.
Since marrying Ashley Cole she has lived in the county, and even after that split she’s lived in both Hadley Wood and Wrotham Park.
She then put her huge Radlett mansion on the market in 2017, which included a large indoor pool, roof terrace and six bedrooms.
She’s now moved away from the county, but remains in touching distance in North London.
Another former X-Factor judge Tulisa was also spotted in Hertfordshire.
The former N-Dubz star lived in a huge £4.5million mansion in Brookmans Park. The huge estate was in the village just south of Hatfield, which provided some quiet away in the Hertfordshire countryside.
The celebrity chef is one of the only stars on this list to opt for a town centre house, meaning you’re most likely to spot him around Hoddesdon.
The four storey Grade II listed townhouse is a stunning building, although there has been controversy in recent years about an application to close the public footpath that runs past, due to some over excited members of the public.
However, wife Jessie said in the planning application the family “love being part of the Hoddesdon community” and have been welcomed since moving in 2016.
Another celebrity who had a planning dispute was ex-Arsenal star Jack Wilshere, who erected 18ft nets around his garden to stop footballs flying into neighbouring gardens.
The footballer was just one of many who decided to make Harpenden their home while playing for clubs in the capital.
The village gives some privacy while also being home to some stunning properties, not least Wilshere’s which was valued at around £3.5million.
The actor has become one of film’s most recognisable faces, but rather than Hollywood he’s made Hertfordshire his home.
He lived in the county with his ex-wife in a £1.4million house in Potters Bar, before then moving to north London although he’s still fond of the county, describing it as a “beautiful escape.”
The former One Direction star used Hertfordshire as his own escape after quitting the band ahead of his solo career. He moved into a luxury five-bed house on Barnet Road, near to Borehamwood.
It’s perhaps not surprising after the intense spotlight he decided to try to avoid publicity while living in Hertfordshire, and soon moved to New York with supermodel Gigi Hadid – his loss!
Another Spice Girl with roots in Hertfordshire is Geri Halliwell. She was born and raised in Watford before her music career took-off, and despite touring around the world she’s now returned to Hertfordshire.
Now married to the Team Principal of Red Bull’s Formula One team, the couple share their time between Banbury in Oxfordshire and Hertfordshire.
Olympic gold medal winning gymnast Max Whitlock is from Hemel Hempstead but now lives in neighbouring Essex, where he trains.
That being said he’s still been seen at events in his old school and clubs, so a sighting in Hertfordshire isn’t impossible these days.
Another sportsman who has moved slightly further away is golfer Ian Poulter, who now spends most of his time in the USA.
He has spent a significant amount of his life in our county and the surrounding areas though, he was born in Hitchin and raised in Stevenage where he first started playing.
That being said, it’s believed he does now have a home in nearby Milton Keynes, so don’t be too surprised if you see him visiting Hertfordshire over the winter months.
The popstar and former Britian’s Got Talent judge hails from Welwyn Garden City and still lives in the county today – albeit in a much more flash house.
Throughout lockdown Alesha has shared photos of her huge garden and incredible home gym, so if you haven’t spotted her around the county it might be just because there’s no reason to leave!