Live Like a Pop Diva

The term "diva" is derived from the Italian word for "goddess" and was originally used to refer to divinely talented and fanatically celebrated female opera stars. The term is now more widely used to describe gifted women performers in all forms of music as well as theater and cinema.

"Diva" has also acquired some negative connotations, being used to suggest a star is difficult or has an inflated opinion of herself -- but that really misses the celebratory spirit of the term. What might be fairly -- said about a diva is that she has high expectations -- for herself and of the people and things she surrounds herself with, and a taste for the finer things in life. So when a diva moves house, the properties they leave behind will fit even the most discriminating tastes.

Here are some famous divas' former homes, ready to give anyone with the cash a taste of the lifestyles of the rich and famous:

Christina Aguilera
Christina Aguilera, a four-time Grammy Award-winning singer, is unloading her ultra-mod 1960 vintage L.A. home. Listed for $6 million, it's a property fit for a young diva.

The mansion is in the swanky neighborhood of West Hollywood in an area known as the "Bird Streets" because, you guessed it, most of the streets are named after birds. The location is an enclave for the rich and famous with easy access to all things Los Angeles as well as great views of the city, canyon, and ocean.

The home's more than 6,500 square feet are enclosed by glass walls that open onto a large pool, 12-person spa and outdoor fireplace.

The former Star Search contestant and Mickey Mouse Club member is also a mom who just recently split from her husband, music producer Jordan Bratman. Surely wanting to work while staying at home with her family, she equipped the home with a screening room and music studio.

Alicia Keys
Another Grammy Award winner, newlywed and new mom -- Alicia Keys -- is unloading her Long Island home for the fire-sale price of $2.3 million (she bought it in 2005 for $4 million).

While the 2.2-acre, seven-bedroom mansion will serve anyone with an Empire State of Mind, it's also big enough for a family.

Keys is selling the traditional home on a tree-lined cul-de-sac, having already bought Lenny Kravitz's old blinged-out Manhattan penthouse for $14.5 million with her husband, producer Swizz Beatz.

Alicia Keys' Long Island home has a particularly grand entryway.

The Long Island home features quite a bit of bling as well -- including a particularly grand entryway and 50-foot pool with Jacuzzi, poolhouse and patio.

The formal dining room and living room off the grand foyer feature two of the home's three fireplaces for those cold Long Island nights. And if you do your own cooking -- and some divas do -- you'll especially enjoy the gourmet eat-in kitchen.

Kelly Clarkson
Kelly Clarkson, the singer who won the first American Idol, is selling her "modest" 4,900-square-foot Tennessee home. Located in Belle Meade, a posh suburb of Nashville, it is listed for $1.5 million ($41,000 less than what Clarkson paid for it in 2007).

The songwriter and actress, who was born and raised in Texas, is also a two-time Grammy winner and multiplatinum-selling artist. While her awards are enough to earn her diva status, she was also granted the title when she headlined VH1's "Divas" in September 2009.

The stone house has enough diva extras to suit anyone, including a wood-paneled office for taking care of business.

The five-bedroom, five-bathroom home includes a screened porch with one of three fireplaces. It overlooks the newly landscaped grounds, which exemplify the best in southern comfort.

The master bedroom on the main level has an ensuite bath with a luxurious soaking tub. No diva should be without her bubble bath.

There is also a rec room above the three-car garage, a den and a living room for relaxing in front of the fire. Clarkson reportedly did not live here full-time, as her primary residence is a 50-acre property in Fort Worth, Texas, but she needed a place to stay while collaborating with country singer Reba McEntire on a project.

Judy Garland
Judy Garland earned her diva title with multiple Academy, Golden Globe and Grammy awards, though she might be best known for the role she played at 16 as Dorothy in The Wizard of Oz.

As she says in the movie, "there's no place like home." Her Hollywood mansion is on sale for $3.9 million.

The 5,000-square-foot main house and 1,100-square-foot guesthouse are on a huge double lot in the hills above the Sunset Strip, affording sweeping views of city lights, canyon and beyond.

Garland and her second husband (out of five), Vincent Minelli -- that's Liza's dad -- built the home together. It was later owned by Garland's fellow Rat Pack-er, Sammy Davis Jr.

The property recently underwent a full restoration and renovation, with a home theater and custom chef's kitchen being just two of the updates.

The sprawling landscaped grounds also afford plenty of privacy, essential for any aspiring diva, and the pool and cabana area rivals any luxury hotel in Cannes.

The renovation by the renowned Davis Design and Development aimed to keep the property's original features, honor its celebrity history and give it a sophisticated and updated Rat Pack feel. There are multiple fireplaces and oversized windows throughout the property too, making it super cozy, bright and very cool.

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