Penthouse terrace with sculptures overlooking the ocean - what an epic housesit

House Sitting For The Rich and Famous

Ahh, the rich and famous. How we wish we could live just like them, with the bling and the cars and the ocean views and the adoration! The reality is that most of us will never come close to knowing what it’s like to live a celebrity lifestyle… unless, just maybe, you become a house sitter in the right place and the right time for the right people.

In part as a way to diversify their investment portfolio, wealthy people nearly always have multiple properties. These may be in fabulous locations around the world – it could be a penthouse in Tribeca in New York City or a beachfront property in Malibu near Soho or a 100 acre ranch in Montana outside Billings.

While the homes are left unoccupied, the homeowners (or their business managers) tend to want someone present for security, caretaking and insurance purposes. This can often be for months at a time. Believe it or not, some high-wealth individuals never even visit all of their properties. For the lucky person providing the house sitting, this means they get to live rent-free in a luxurious home, and possibly even get paid to do so.

Have you always fancied sampling a celebrity lifestyle? If you’re reliable and you’re willing to be flexible, house sitting could be just the job for you.

What House Sitting Involves

Fish aquariums require maintenance that a housesitter can manage
Fish aquariums require maintenance that a housesitter can manage

House sitting involves staying at a property and carrying out daily tasks to care for that property. This could include looking after pets and other animals (including a fancy aquarium!), gardening, cleaning, general maintenance, and/or demonstrating that the location is occupied. It might also include managing access for service providers, in case that fancy salt water aquarium needs a guy who really knows what he’s doing.

Wealthy people usually have large homes that could become a target for burglars if left unoccupied. Having someone present on the property provides the peace of mind they require to go away for a while and shows would-be intruders that the property is not an easy target.

Before you take on the job, you will be given a detailed breakdown of what is expected of you while on the property. Wealthy people can often have extensive grounds to take care of or a lot of pets and animals that need care – the terrier may travel with the owner, but the stables may need tending! Therefore, it’s important to ensure you’re up to the task before you commit to it. The rich and famous tend to be busy and may not take kindly to being let down.

Once you’ve accepted the job, you will need to ensure you perform your daily tasks to the highest standard. Don’t forget anything. This is particularly important when looking after animals and plants.

The Benefits of House Sitting

Housesitting for the wealthy in a two-story open floor plan with a great office workspace upstairs
Housesitting for wealthy owners in a two-story open floor plan with a great office workspace upstairs

House sitting for wealthy people means you’ll be living in the lap of luxury. You’ll be experiencing life in sprawling mansions, luxury beachfront properties, or high-end city apartments, a stone’s throw from all the action. You’ll have great water pressure, a fancy fridge, luxurious linens and super-fast wifi. You will get to experience a taste of how these people live at absolutely no cost to you. In fact, you’ll get paid for the privilege.

Most house-sitting jobs give you plenty of free time to do what you want. The jobs you do have to complete around the property are usually flexible, so you can fit them in around whatever it is that you need to do. Most house sitters work online from home and consider house sitting as their “side-hustle.” This gives you plenty of time to enjoy lounging by the infinity pool or watching a movie in the cinema room.

Those who housesit frequently and gain a great reputation can enjoy a steady stream of wealthy clients. Reliable people are in high demand via word of mouth. If you achieve such a reputation, you can take your pick of the jobs and never run out of house sitting opportunities.

The Downsides of Housesitting

While we can’t think of many downsides to living in a luxurious celebrity mansion, there are a few things to consider before you take on the job.

  • Accommodation is temporary: It can be easy to get accustomed to the lifestyle (like that one time you flew Business Class). However, don’t forget that this isn’t your home. The owners could change their plans suddenly, which means you need to be prepared to vacate or change jobs at the drop of a hat.
  • You can’t always pick the location: The homes of the rich and famous tend to be located in specific areas or are in secluded locations. If you’re determined to house sit for the rich and famous, you can’t be picky about the location. In fact, be sure to discuss travel time and expenses, and know who’s responsible for what costs. In fact, make sure you do or do not need a car!
  • There may be unusual requests: From feeding exotic pets to keeping things a certain way. Wealthy people can be very specific about what they want and don’t want. If you’re willing to go with the flow and take anything on, this won’t be a problem.
  • You may not be alone: Gardeners, pool attendants, and other household staff may come and go throughout your stay, so you may not get the property to yourself all the time (and might temper your impulse to suntan naked out by the infinity pool).

How to Get Yourself a Wealthy Client

Housesit in luxury in a loft conversion overlooking the city
Housesit in luxury in a loft conversion overlooking the city

The rich and famous don’t want any old Joe – no offense to any old Joes. You have to be established in what you do. You need a great track record, and that track record needs to be verifiable. You have to do your job well, consistently. We recommend starting out housesitting for everyday clients and make sure you do a stellar job for them to earn great testimonials that will allow you to work up to celebrity status.

We cannot mention enough that wealthy clients want someone reliable, adaptable, trustworthy and discrete. After all, they’re handing over their multi-million dollar property to a stranger. They don’t want to see your parties in their house on Instagram! Therefore, you need to get that all-important reputation and conduct yourself with extreme discretion.

Register yourself with a well-established house sitting agency or platform. Follow that site’s guidance to ensure you get the training you need. They will vet you, and most importantly, help you get your first clients.

When you do get your first wealthy client, act as if you’re being watched on a security camera at all times. Don’t share a word about your gig or your clients with friends or on social media. This is a job that calls for absolute discretion. Minding your clients’ privacy will ensure that you behave impeccably and do a fantastic job, which is the best way to guarantee yourself an invite back or bigger and better jobs.

House sitting for the rich and famous can be incredibly rewarding and eye-opening. As long as you’re prepared to put the work into getting great testimonials, you might find you get that coveted mansion job sooner than you think. Good luck out there, and if you have a story to share (without naming names!), drop a comment below.

UPDATED: April 30, 2022

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      Hi Robert – your comment is posted, hope you find a nice house-sitting gig that works for you and the homeowners alike!

      1. Hi Jeanine this is Ashley I was looking for a position for house sitting and I wanted to know if you were still looking feel free to reach out to me

    2. Hello my name is Tammy Smith and I am looking to store a house sitting job in June I will take very good care of your home and your animals while you are away taking care of your business.. I am willing to travel you can contact me at 618-531-7790

  1. Hello.
    This sounds good to me. Do you have any links to sites where one could find some sits like this ??
    I am 65 years old with a few years exsperience in house sitting. I have loads of very good reviews.

  2. I am a retired woman in my 60’s that has for many years watched over homes and pets by word of mouth with friends. I am looking for an opportunity to spend extended time in Southern California where I lived in Newport Beach for over 10 years. I miss the ocean and am wanting to reconnect in that area while doing what I really love and that is spending time with pets in nice homes. I so enjoy the walks and even sleep with some dogs and cats like you do. I am very trustworthy and have a lot of experiences to back up my reputation.

  3. I’m financially set, single and currently selling a home in Huntington Beach, Ca. 800 credit score with no ties to any area. I don’t need to house sit, but I would look forward to new environments.

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      1. Im older, i have no ties im able to travel. I have an decent credit score. Ive traveled around the world. I have no criminal history. Im great with pets. I understand descretion

    2. Hello Richard,
      Greetings from the east coast.
      Similarly to you, sold my house in November, have paid my bills on time for 38 years and have no ties to a specific area. The purpose of reaching out is to discuss any response and or your findings thus far.
      I am a global educator and entrepreneur and am also interested in business opportunities and or discussions, even though I have my own business. (Since 1982)
      Your FICO score indicates that you take care of business and your mores and values.
      Wishing you good health and best regards,

      Eric A. de Groot

  4. I’m looking for a long term housesitting position. I’m 56 very sweet and quiet. I just want a peaceful place to live and take care of. I actually love to clean so wherever I live needs to be immaculate. To me home is a peaceful, quiet sanctuary.
    I love gardening and maintaining a garden. I have designed gardens for work before .

    Please contact me Lori Agajanian to sit your house 7025134677

  5. hello my name is lucas ,im a veteran (special force navy veteran) i was taking care of a billionaire for 16 years (security,houses,yacht,orgenising traveling,taking care of animal,party ,house maintenance etc)i have a luxury concierge and event planning buissnes,i love animal and i own a 45 foot sea ray boat i can park at hous dock and live on it for pepole who own a house with private dock and want the house to be secure during there traveling or vacation house and dont want to have any one stay in the house.looking to secure your house when you traveling and any vip s who need a security and profesinal driver when they go out.i speak english & french .im 6.1 200 pound but i now how to make my self invisible lol

    1. Lucas, I myself am ex mil (25yrs Cdn) and curious, have you had much luck with this house-sitting venture. Starting to get fed up with long winters, and would really like to find a position in a permanently warm climate where I could live and ride my Harley, if that’s possible.

  6. Hi my name is Catherine I’ve been in Healthcare business in Las Vegas Nevada for over 30 years along with pet and House sitting . I’m trustworthy, Honest, prompt, and don’t have any restrictions. I’m retired and looking to be of service to someone who needs me . I love animals, mostly Dogs . Thank you

  7. Me and husband would like to do housesitting. We are reliable,dependable and hard workers. Like to keep things immaculate. Call if needed!!

  8. Hi my name is Caroline. I’ve never have house sat for anyone before lol If they weren’t Family. This is all new to me. I’m 57yrs old and have 4 Grown kids and 6Grandkids and a Beautiful Frenchie name Bella. I Love people and I’m a people pleaser from the Heart, but I Love Kids and Animals more. I’m a real kind Hearted soul and just want to Help a Family I think is Worthy of my time. The New Age Mary Popping

  9. Looking for a house sitting opportunity in Sarasota/Tampa FL or a nearby area. Both my husband and I are professionals who work from home. We are accompanied by a senior mother, son, and Labrador. We are building a house in Sarasota and can be flexible on the start date. (June or July 2022) Our new home is expected to be completed between August and October 2022. My husband has a little cleaning OCD and we love plants/animals. 😉

  10. Hi
    We are semi-retired professional couple who would love to work as house sitters/caretakers.
    I am a former property manager and real estate broker. My husband was a broadcast engineer with one company for thirty years. Love, love, love dogs and have always owned pets. We are very active and mobile; we understand how to maintain a home and what is needed to protect a valuable property. We can provide stellar references from former clients, have been bonded, understand the meaning of discretion and confidentiality.

  11. Mature couple desires to house sit in the discreet way necessary for high profile people. We are World travelers and know what needs to be done to be low profile. He has worked overseas with large important companies for expansive years. Barbados and Saudi are just a few. She has worked as a Realtor and in the hotel industry in VA, just outside the Nation’s s Capitol. Confidentiality is guaranteed.

  12. We are a retired couple and would like to house sit beachfront I was a Manager and programmer for a Performig Arts Center and Gallery. My husband was an Estate Planner for thirty years. We now live in Phoenix, AZ and love travel and beach time.

  13. Hola, I am Stephanie Vaught I am 34 years old and I am definitely looking in to doing something to change my life my luck somewhere where I believe I can shine. Im hoping, praying, and wishing that I can have the opportunity to show my capabilities as well as my passion

  14. Happy Friday

    I have dreamt of doing this for years. My son is out of the house. Best decision I’ve ever made. I did it well. I am more then capable of managing, multitasking, fiercely protecting, honest, loyal, not looking to gain anything, but my gifts are making people feel, loved and safe. I give 100%, or not at all. I don’t believe in, lying , cheating or stealing. Oh, there’s more. I’d love to be able to offer my services, and they know that they are in the best hands.

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      Chadum, thanks for writing in! Looks like you’re on the right path (in life and in housesitting). I’d keep looking for opportunities on the primary housesitting services and building your resume and experience. Good luck out there!

  15. Hi for everyone I’m Sara my nick name here ,,, I’m in my 40ths I’m
    Educated well ma degrees and 17 experienced Government jobs .. I’m Searching their Jewish living in Israel
    Now after COVID-19
    Everything is changed and me got awake.. awareness I have another view about the life counters political culture s etc
    Then I changed my life I just living nature and good life I’m more spiritual no material but I have been living good life I have been in Africa Europe and money countries but never been in us I don’t know why… but now in this time June 2022 want and decide visit USA but maybe want stay one year or more then in searching house sitting job I’m good with that specially cooking organic health and clean food ,, I’m good honest and loyal Jewish woman
    I probably want work with Jewish people .. I want come and live for while in us
    Please contact me

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