For the past few months, Zac Efron has been sitting out the COVID pandemic alongside his Australian girlfriend, model Vanessa Valladares, in Byron Bay on Australia’s Gold Coast. Whether it’s the delights of Valladares or the delights of Byron Bay that have proved more appealing, who knows? Either way, it looks like Efron might be on the verge of putting roots down in the beachside town. And he’s moving fast. This month, the “High School Musical” alumni showed the first signs of abandoning his base in LA when he listed his longtime home in the foothills of the Hollywood Hills. Listed with the mammoth price of $5.9 million, the house has been Efron’s home for the past 7 years. Bought in 2013 for the comparatively small price of $4 million, it’s witnessed Efron’s ascent from a teen heartthrob to a bona fide movie star. But now it looks like the love affair might be over. So, other than a huge mortgage, what can the lucky new owner expect when they move in? For a start, a very different house to the one Efron purchased in 2013. As us.hola.com writes, Efron has made numerous changes over the past 7 years, including upgrading the swimming pool and spa to show off the surrounding views of downtown L.A. and the Pacific Ocean to their full advantage. As to everything else? Find out for yourself as we check out Zac Efron’s $5.9 million Los Angeles home.
As dirt.com notes, Efron’s LA mansion sits at the end of a gated driveway in the Oaks, a hugely desirable neighborhood set in the Hollywood Hills that’s long been associated with the rich and the famous. Leo DiCaprio lives there, as does Kristen Bell, Jon Hamm, Colin Farrell, and James Cameron. Angelina Jolie famously moved into a $25 million mansion in the neighborhood after finalizing her divorce from Brad Pitt. Surrounded by gorgeous scenery and boasting numerous architectural landmarks (including Lloyd Wright’s iconic Mayan Revival-style masterpiece, Samuel-Novarro House), it’s a leafy, pretty neighborhood with a superbly convenient location, some very famous faces, and some truly outstanding properties.
Tucked back from the road at the end of a sweeping gravel driveway, Efron’s palatial LA home consists of a two-story main house with four bedrooms and 4.5 bathrooms, along with a separate one-bed/one-bath guesthouse complete with its own fitness room and sauna box. In total, the property spans 5,644 square feet. With a contemporary, Zen-inspired interior, panoramic views over the surrounding area, and replete with gorgeous details like accent walls, warm woods, wide expanses of glass and custom fireplaces, it’s a stunning home (or, as the listing agent’s website puts it, the ‘perfect celebrity haven’) with more than enough features to justify that astronomical listing price.
Step Inside Zac Efron’s Mansion
Step inside the front door of the property and your attention will instantly be drawn to the majestic golden water feature in front of you. If you manage to drag your eyes away from that, you’ll find a huge living room tucked just off the foyer. A huge, strikingly asymmetrical fireplace with a cantilevered hearth stands at one end of the impressive lounging area. Just off the living room is an adjoining dining room. Floor to ceiling windows dominate one side of the wall (as, indeed, they do in the living room) while the other walls are decorated with rows of vintage skateboards. Leading off from both the living and dining rooms is a wrap-around terrace offering sweeping views from downtown LA to the Pacific Ocean.
Moving onto the kitchen, you’ll find a high-ceilinged space equipped with a huge range of modern appliances and conveniences. Like the rest of the interior, the style is minimalist and Zen-like, with simple wooden cabinets and sleek, stylish features. If Efron likes to cook, he’ll find no shortage of gadgets to work with here. Spilling away from the kitchen is a snug looking family room with a picture window offering gorgeous views over the property’s landscaped grounds. The furnishings are low key, but a retro pinball machine adds a touch of character.
Scattered around the lower level of the house are three guest bedrooms, each with their own private bathroom (and, of course, magnificent views over the surrounding city), along with a ping-pong table equipped games room. Along the width of the house runs a magnificent terrace with distinct dining and lounging areas. Exterior staircases linking the terrace to multiple decks complete the indoor-outdoor living vibe of the property. Tucked into the dining deck is a spa. The spa’s runoff water flows down to the swimming pool some three or four feet below. All in all, the property is believed to occupy around 1 acre of ground. Its currently listed by Kathrin Nicholson at The Agency.
Where Next for Efron?
Efron is currently believed to be house hunting around the Gold Coast after spending the last few months holed up in a rental property in Byron Bay. Efron has yet to confirm the rumors, but he wouldn’t be the first Hollywood A-lister to become entranced by the Gold Coast’s attractions. The beachside community is already packed with celebs, including “Thor” star Chris Hemsworth, who owns a custom-built mansion in the area. According to Dirt.com, Matt Damon is rumored to have recently sunk $22 million into a contemporary villa overlooking Wategos Beach. Other stars to make their home on this little part of the coast include Elsa Pataky, Olivia Newton John, Carrie Bickmore, and Gemma Ward.
Zac Efron rose to fame in the late 2000s as Troy Bolton in the “High School Musical” trilogy (2006–2008). Since then, he’s achieved success in films such as “Hairspray” (2007), “The Lucky One” (2012), “The Paperboy” (2012), “Neighbors” (2014), “Dirty Grandpa” (2016), “Baywatch” (2017), “The Greatest Showman” (2017), “Extremely Wicked, Shockingly Evil and Vile” (2019), and “Scoob!” (2020). He’s won numerous awards (including Comedy Star of the Year at the 2016 CinemaCon Awards, Best Breakthrough Performance at the 2008 MTV Awards, and Choice Collaboration, Choice Drama Movie Actor, and Choice MovieShip at the 2018 Teen Choice Awards. According to Celebrity Net Worth, the actor is currently worth around $25 million.