Every December we ask Americans which celebrities they would most like to have as their neighbor, and which ones they wouldn’t dare share a fence with.
Most desirable neighbors for 2017
The Obama family is the top choice for a celebrity neighbor in 2017, earning 14 percent of the votes. The family garnered strong votes among both male and female voters, and across generations.
The Obamas are rumored to be renting an 8,200-square-foot home in Kalorama, a neighborhood within Washington, D.C.
“There was a lot of excitement around the fact that the Obamas chose to stay in D.C. after living in the White House – a first for a former president since Woodrow Wilson,” said Jeremy Wacksman, Zillow chief marketing officer. “Maybe it’s the additional neighborhood security, or the possibility of running into other influential and famous people, but it’s clear people are intrigued by the idea of living next to the former first family.”
Actor and former professional wrestler Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson was a close second, with 13 percent of the votes. Johnson is known for his collection of mega mansions, and has sold at least 10 homes in Florida alone over the past decade.
Chip and Joanna Gaines of HGTV’s “Fixer Upper” came in third with eight percent, followed by Ellen DeGeneres and Portia de Rossi (seven percent).
Worst neighbors of 2016
Justin Bieber topped the list of worst neighbors for the second time, earning the highest percentage of votes in survey history. One in three (36 percent) found Bieber to be the most undesirable neighbor of 2016 – a two percentage point increase from his previous win in 2014.
Bieber has rented numerous showy, modern L.A. homes, most recently paying a reported $8,000 per month in Toluca Lake.
“Justin Bieber continues to stir up trouble everywhere he goes, and would likely be an unpredictable neighbor,” notes Wacksman.
Reality TV stars Rob Kardashian and Blac Chyna came in second place with 23 percent of the votes. The on-and-off-again couple ranked higher by large margins over competitors Tom Cruise (seven percent), Taylor Swift (four percent) and Tom Brady (three percent).
Here’s a look at the full survey results:
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