Long known as a hideaway for celebs and athletes, Orange County is home to some of entertainment’s greatest. They’re just like you, after all — nobody can resist the sun, surf and seaside fun of Orange County. So from mega stars to the women you might just love to hate, here are the top 5 celebrities that call OC home.
1 Kobe Bryant
The Lakers juggernaut has a home in Newport Coast (but you already knew that). Though he's jetting from coast to coast scoring three-pointers and winning championship rings in L.A., he's settled down in his seaside escape. Keep an eye out for him at Mastro's Ocean Club, A Restaurant and more. And standing at 6'6", he's an easy one to spot.
2 Gwen Stefani
The wunderkind musician, designer and mother was born and raised right here in the shadow of Disneyland, but now that she's an international supernova, you'll be hard pressed to find her here (she's jetting everywhere from L.A. to N.Y. to London and Japan) but with all the checkered Vans around and her sky-high L.A.M.B. heels on the well-heeled, you feel her influence no matter where you are.
3 Lauren Conrad
The beach babe from Laguna's made a name for herself with stints on MTV, but don't think she's grown too big for her britches. LC might be making the rounds at L.A. clubs, but this OC girl is no stranger to her hometown. Want a sighting of this bombshell? Her favorite restaurants include Javier's and other Laguna staples and even she can't resist the siren call of South Coast Plaza.
4 The Real Housewives of Orange County
Love them or hate them, the OC housewives were the first and original in the franchise that makes Bravo's series everyone's guilty pleasure. Whether you think they're harbingers of OC's worst, shrill harpies or the glossiest, most augmented creatures walking the shores of the county, you just can't look away.
5 Dita von Teese
Née Heather Sweet and working the makeup counters at Fashion Island and lingerie departments as a teen, little Dita von Teese has gone a long way from high school at University High. Though the streets of Paris and the runways of the fashion world are where you're likely to see the burlesque beauty, she still comes down south to visit her favorite corset shop.