About Lisa Johnson Mandell

Welcome to At Home In Hollywood

Lisa Johnson Mandell

This is not your typical Hollywood gossip site.

This a site for people who enjoy great entertainment, but are overwhelmed by the countless options available, and just don’t have time to see everything. It’s for those who want to know what’s worth their precious time and money.

It’s also for people who love great architecture and design, and want to see the unique, glamorous, and sometimes overwhelming ways that people live on this planet. Even I, who regularly visit some of the world’s most interesting homes, am often floored by people’s priorities.


My years of experience doing features, reviews and appearances on outlets including NBC, CBS, ABC, Fox, CNN, PBS, HGTV, the BBC and myriad other networks, as well as in publications like The Wall Street Journal, The New York Times, The Times of London and The Los Angeles Times has given me unique access to preview screenings, premieres, showings, events, parties and awards ceremonies.

My three bestselling books, published by St. Martin’s Press, Simon and Schuster and Hachette, give me additional credence.

Lisa Johnson MandellI’ve been a film critic, food critic, TV critic, book critic, culture critic and a real estate/design critic. I don’t like to think of myself as overly critical, but I do like to help my readers discern what’s worth watching and what’s not.

As a very active member of the Broadcast Film Critics Association (BFCA) and the Broadcast Television Journalists Association (BTJA), I vote for and attend the Critics Choice Awards each year.

Basically, I see everything so you don’t have to, and I try to help you make the most out of your invaluable time and money spent on digital recreation.

My family has lived in the Los Angeles area for five generations, and we’ve been intimately involved with the land, and the entertainment industry that sprang from it. Allow me to pull the curtain back on all the insider secrets, and give you a good laugh at the same time.


 Lisa Johnson Mandell

They Put the ‘Star’ in ‘Starter Home’: Where Up-and-Coming Celebs Should Buy

 March 12, 2015,  By Erik Gunther

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“…What does someone who just landed his or her first starring role purchase?

“The smart ones buy a bungalow in West Hollywood,” says Lisa Johnson Mandell, editor in chief of At Home in Hollywood. “They can be within walking distance of nightlife and be close to the studios and have some degree of privacy. They’re really cute homes, and a lot of them have been redone…”

“…It’s interesting, because sometimes they try to buy bigger than they really should,” Mandell said. “It’s important for them to remember when they’re just starting out that, yes, they have enough cash for a house but they don’t have enough cash for a Kim Kardashian house or a J.Lo house. They have to keep their wits about them, because sometimes their eyes are bigger than their pocketbooks.”

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What are the Hottest Trends in Celebrity Home Luxury Amenities?

March 6, 2015 , By Donald Liebenson

An IMAX home theatre, personal Candy Bar and olive grove are just some of the latest trends that take luxury amenities to the next level.

Lisa Johnson MandellThe very rich, F. Scott Fitzgerald, famously observed, are different than you and me.  That extends to their homes. Just how different can be summed up in four words: “It’s not enough to….”

For example, it’s not enough to have a lavish home theatre, observes Lisa Johnson Mandell, the founder and editor-in-chief of the website At Home in Hollywood. “Everybody has a home theatre; it’s no big deal. The big thing luxury right now is the IMAX home theatre. Seth McFarlane got the very first one. Not only do you need the 12-foot floor-to-ceiling curved screen, you have to have the stadium seating and the (custom-designed) sound system, plus a subscription for the feed (that provides sporting events, first-run movies and other programs).”

At Home in Hollywood is a celebrity real estate, fashion and lifestyle website refreshingly free of snark that features the latest news and inside views of celebrity homes. The site also contains movie and television reviews as well as the hottest and most exclusive celebrity swag. Johnson is a veteran Hollywood observer, a prolific author, critic and reporter who still serves as Los Angeles correspondent for the HGTV cable network. She has been featured on all the major broadcast and cable networks as well as publications such as The Los Angeles Times, The New York Times and the Wall Street Journal.

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Lisa Johnson Mandell, Editor in Chief of AtHomeInHollywood.com shares her insider Hollywood real estate scoops on what celebrities are buying, selling, and the design trends that they are looking for in their own homes. From architecture and design to closets, kitchens and landscaping, Lisa can give your audience a true insider view of how the glamorous live while giving your audience the tools and information to help make life a little more fun, festive and stylish, while saving time, money and grief.
An LA native who is an author, critic and reporter whose family has been involved in the entertainment industry for generations, Lisa uncovers the best that Hollywood has to offer. She has been featured on NBC, CBS, ABC, Fox, Fox News, CNN, PBS, the BBC as well as publications including The Wall Street Journal, The New York Times and The Los Angeles Times. She has interviewed hundreds of celebrities, and, as the Los Angeles Correspondent for HGTV’s Frontdoor.com, has toured their homes….
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I always believe that as a woman, my job is to lift up other women and encourage them to be their very best rather than cut them down. I have met many women who have inspired me throughout the years and their stories always want me to improve myself and become a better person. One of the most recent people I have met is Lisa Johnson Mandell, who is known for her work on her website At Home In Hollywood. She is not only an incredible journalist and real estate maven, but also someone who has become a good friend and mentor. Read More…
What’s Hot in Hollywood: A Peek Inside Celebrity Real Estate
Posted on Apr 2 2015 – 2:04pm by Nick Caruso
Lisa in Red“…Welcome to the world of celebrity real estate! A land where real estate is always on fire, where typical make-or-break factors like mortgage rates, inventory and inspections are rarely problematic. It’s a market full of swank palaces, delicious waterfronts and a true luxury market where, for many buyers, the sky’s the limit.
To get a true snapshot of what this unique, high-end market is like, we spoke to Lisa Johnson Mandell, HGTV’s Los Angeles Correspondent covering Hollywood’s most coveted celebrity homes. According to her, celebrities these days are eating up Mid-century Modern architecture and design…Read More
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Celebrity Interview: At Home in Hollywood Founder Lisa Johnson Mandell Reveals Secrets of Kim Kardashian and Kanye West’s Hollywood Home!

Without a doubt, celebs live extraordinary lifestyles. From the designer clothes they wear, the expensive cars they drive, and the luxurious parties and dinners they attend, it’s natural to want to take a peek into their world. Luckily, thanks to our celebrity interview with Lisa Johnson Mandell, we’re able to get an inside look at the homes of some of the most famous celebs.

A Look Inside Celebs’ Homes

The HGTV Los Angeles correspondent has toured the houses of many stars, including the home of Hollywood couple Kim Kardashian and Kanye West. One of Mandell’s favorite parts of their Hidden Hills house was the master bedroom. “The master suite is fabulous and enormous. It’s like 3,000 square feet, which is bigger than most of our homes,” she reveals. “It has a sitting room, a kitchenette, his-and-her bathrooms, his-and-her closets, and his-and-her dressing rooms.” That’s not the only impressive room in this 50 million dollar mansion: It also has a spa room, a gym, a courtyard with a fountain, and a backyard that can easily hold 500 people.

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