Adele and Ed Sheeran are two of the most successful musicians on the planet , so it’s no surprise they would want to safeguard their privacy as much as possible when kicking back in their own homes. It may also explain why the singers are slowly acquiring properties in the vicinity of the residences they originally bought a few years ago, thereby creating enormous estates that score them even more protection from prying eyes. The Brits have both been snapping up nearby real estate like it’s going out of fashion – Adele in California and Sheeran in England. And with reports of secret tunnels, giant vegetable gardens and lakes, you can bet they need never leave. Is Melania leading an entirely separate life from Donald Trump? Here’s what you need to know about Adele and Sheeran’s big property moves … Adele’s California compound The musician first forked out US$9.5 million for a home in Hidden Hills, California back in 2016. The area is one of the most exclusive in California, with Nicole Kidman, Penelope Cruz, Cameron Diaz and Katy Perry all reported to live in the same community. Amy Winehouse remembered: 10 things you didn’t know 10 years after her death View this post on Instagram A post shared by Adele (@adele) Then in 2019, after splitting from husband Simon Konecki , she moved out of the house, and into another right next door that she’d bought for herself and her son Angelo so that the whole family could still be close to one another. This second home cost around US$10.7 million. Now the Hello singer has snapped up a third house in the same block from her long time friend and neighbour Nicole Richie, for another US$10 million, bringing the total worth of her Beverly Hills empire to more than US$30 million. Kelly Clarkson’s US$6.3 million Tennessee mansion – complete with cowboy bar Inside the new pad According to Hello magazine, Adele’s new home has four bedrooms, four bathrooms, a pool, spa and half a basketball court. Well-known celeb news site Dirt was first to report on the sale of the house, however, claiming that it was never on the market and changed hands in a private deal done back in the spring. Aerial photographs show that the house is surrounded by a large hedge that blocks out most of the view from the street. Dirt also pointed out that the luxury home wraps around a parklike backyard with stone pavers leading up to a stone patio, while Hello reports that the house also boasts a chicken coop, vegetable garden and several beehives. Karlie Kloss and Ivanka Trump: frenemies? View this post on Instagram A post shared by NICOLE RICHIE (@nicolerichie) Nicole Richie had previously shared images and videos of herself in her home, giving sleuthing fans a glimpse at what Adele is likely enjoying. Richie also shared pics of a library with floor-to-ceiling shelves lined with books, a winding staircase with cast iron railings and marble worktops in the kitchen. “Sheeranville” Meanwhile in the UK, musician Ed Sheeran has been adding to his property empire for almost a decade, with London’s Evening Standard reporting that he has invested around US$85 million in properties around the world over the years. However it’s his properties in Suffolk, England, that are the most famous. The singer has a 16-acre estate near Framlingham, which has been nicknamed Sheeranville because of its vast size. He shares the estate with his wife Cherry Seaborn and their daughter Lyra Antarctica. Are Angelina Jolie and The Weeknd dating? Inside their unlikely connection The Bad Habits singer grew up in the area, and in 2012 he bought the main house on the now-estate for around US$1.2 million. He bought another house in the same year and four years later bought a four-bedroom home right in front of the main house. Next he snapped up a bungalow close to all the other properties. View this post on Instagram A post shared by LiveNDa Castle With King Silky (@liveinthecastlewithkingsilky) The main house has a recording studio, as well as a billiards room and a jacuzzi. He even has a pub on his estate too; a pub which, according to Real Estate , he was given permission to create from a pre-existing barn, provided he used the bricks and tiles from the original. Sheeran also has a pretty impressive tree house that boasts a living room study, and an audiovisual room, and a man cave-style pod dubbed the “Hobbit Hole” by some of his friends. The homes reportedly have underground tunnels connecting them to each other. Erika Jayne mansion misery: why is the RHOBH star’s home up for sale? Controversy Nevertheless, the creation of Sheeranville has received its fair share of negative publicity in recent years after residents complained about the constant construction and noise, according to The Cut. The singer’s application to build a chapel in 2018 was rejected and his building disputes regularly make the news. In an interview with Fleur East on The Hits Radio Breakfast Show in June, Sheeran didn’t seem phased by the criticism. He admitted that some people were angry that a pond he had dug might look like a swimming pool, but stressed that it really was a pond. “It’s not a swimming pool, it’s a lake … they make it look blue online, like it does not look like that at all,” he said. “There’s no filter system, it’s naturally cleaned itself with the plants that are in it. There’s a big thing about like wildlife and newts.” Which A-listers are Instagram’s biggest earners of 2021? Sheeran had retrospectively applied for planning permission for the large kidney shaped structure saying it would be used as a pond to support “nature conservation”. Permission was eventually granted, provided he was never spotted going for a swim in it. In the interview in June, Sheeran said, “I just think people just need to mind their own business.” Want more stories like this? Sign up here. Follow STYLE on Facebook , Instagram , YouTube and Twitter .