It was reported this week that Ryan Reynolds bought a small house in the North Wales town of Marford for £1.5 million.
The Deadpool actor, who is said to be worth £120 million, seems to be settling down in Wales now that he owns the Wrexham football club.
Even though it seems very different from his life in Hollywood, Ryan Reynolds is used to it. He and his wife Blake Lively enjoy a quiet country life across the pond.
The couple is thought to live with their four children about 4 miles from the town of Pound Ridge in New York State. At the time of the 2010 census, there were 5,104 people living in Pound Ridge.
MailOnline takes looks at other stars who have moved to quiet towns, like Kate Moss, who lives in the country, and Justin Timberlake and Jessica Biel, who live in the hills.
Ryan Reynolds and Blake Lively’s NY State home.
The famous couple lives about four miles from the town of Pond Ridge in Westchester County, New York.
With its many parks and quiet atmosphere, the town makes people feel like they are living in the country.
Ryan Reynolds has said that it’s like living on a farm in New York and sharing:
We don’t lead a wild and crazy life. I’ve never been the guy stumbling out of bars at three in the morning, at least that anyone is aware of. It’s never been my thing.
While E! News says that Ryan Reynolds and Blake are “staples in the town’s community” and that “locals describe them as very nice and well-liked,” they are not well-known in the town.
They say that they have a routine around town that can only be called “idyllic.” There’s the elegant 19th-century country resort, Bedford Post Inn, where Blake’s second baby shower was held. This is a place where celebrities have gone for years to relax and recharge.
Ryan Reynolds’s rumored purchase in the quiet Welsh village of Marford makes more sense when you know that they live a quiet life in the United States.
The quiet village is a long way from the busy big cities. Its main attraction is a volunteer-run forest in a former quarry, and it only has one Co-op shop.
The “fanciest” house on the street is just five miles northeast of Wrexham, where he and fellow movie star Rob McElhenney run the town’s football club.
Marford has been in both England and Wales at different times because it is only a few miles from the border.
There are about 2,500 people living in the village. There are two pubs in Marford. The Trevor Arms is at the bottom of the hill, and The Red Lion is at the top.
Kate Moss’ quiet Cotswolds life.
Kate Moss is known for how hard she parties in London, but these days she spends her time in the central-southwest English countryside.
The supermodel, who grew up in Croyden, moved to the Cotswolds in 2021.
Even though she lives in a more peaceful area outside of the city, her Grade II-listed mansion is still a star-worthy home with 10 bedrooms.
Kate has said in the past that she loves living in the country. She told The Times:
You do things you could never do in the city — sleeping outside, cooking on a fire, all of those things that, growing up in Croydon, I kind of didn’t have, you know?
It’s like having another childhood or being in the Famous Five. It’s those simple things that make your life proper, isn’t it?
Kate is well-liked by the locals because she often brings home-cooked meals to the elderly. These meals come from her brother Nick, who runs a Vietnamese food delivery truck called Vietvan.
People in the area like what she’s done so much that they’ve gone to the government’s official website to nominate her for the OBE.
Locals in Kate’s town, Little Faringdon, said that they would love to see her get the award because she is “really popular” and “part of the community.”
One resident told The Sun:
She has no airs and graces and chats to everyone. She’s also started giving back, and is dishing out food and meals to the elderly who can’t get out and about.
There’s been a lot of talk in the village about how Kate deserves an OBE. She’s a huge admirer of the Queen and made herself very much a main figure in support at the Jubilee. Having an OBE would mean a great deal to her.
She’s never come over haughty or entitled and she deserves a gong,
continued the local.
Justin Timberlake and Jessica Biel
Justin and Jessica used to live like A-listers in Los Angeles, but when they had their two sons, Silas, 7, and Phineas, 2, they decided to move away.
The happy couple moved their family to the western state of Montana in 2015 and bought a home in the Yellowstone Club, a private ski and golf resort on 13,600 acres.
The two used to spend some time in their luxurious LA home, but they were rumored to be selling it because they “rarely” went there.
The couple moved to the countryside because they wanted a quieter place to raise their children. Justin grew up in Memphis, Tennessee, and his wife is from Ely, Minnesota, so it makes sense that they chose the countryside.
Even though Ed Sheeran doesn’t live in a big, busy city, his home is far from simple.
The singer of “Don’t” lives with his wife, Cherry Seaborn, and their daughter on a 16-acre estate in Suffolk, England.
The estate, which is called “Sheeranville” and is said to be worth $5 million, is in the town of Framlingham, Suffolk, where he grew up.
The singer has done his fair share for the community. He gave 1,100 students at the school free tickets to one of his shows next month. He also gives clothes to a charity shop in Framlingham’s main square.
He started the “mini-village” in 2012 when he bought a farmhouse. He later bought four more homes nearby.
But he has had his share of fights with his neighbors, and many of them don’t like the way he plans things.
Last year, he was building a chapel and a place to bury people on the estate, which many people in the area didn’t like.
Anna Woods told The Sun:
The area is well served by local churches and I feel there is no need for a well-known person to create his own island of calm when lovely places of worship abound in the area.
I also note there will be a burial chamber in the building. Are celebrities now so detached from reality that their every living breath, and now even the act of dying, be apart from the rest of us?
Ed, whose biggest hit is “Shape of You,” has a daughter, Lyra, who is 18 months old. He has a net worth of £220 million. He and his wife, Cherry Seaborn, had plans to build a chapel on his property in Suffolk, but those plans were turned down.
But in 2019, he submitted a new application for a smaller space in the shape of a boat, where he could “retreat for contemplation, prayer, and relaxation,” and it was accepted.