When Kanye West is struck by inspiration, he tends to be quick to act. Last month while donating Thanksgiving meals to the LA Mission, West honked the horn for a surprise announcement to the local crowd – saying he plans to “reunite his family” and rekindle a relationship with his estranged wife, Kim Kardashian. The fashion mogul added that if he couldn’t live “in the house” with his family, he would buy Kardashian “the house next door”.
It turned out that West wasn’t just whistling Dixie. Even though he’s already had a new $ 57.3 million Malibu mansion about 30 minutes (by car) from Kardashian’s huge Hidden Hills mansion – and although she apparently hasn’t shy away from getting divorced – West would like to be closer stay in hand. And so he dropped another $ 4.5 million on a relatively modest property in Hidden Hills, which happens to be right across from the ex-Kimye property. From here, the 44-year-old will likely keep an eye on Kardashian’s goings-on.
Real estate aficionados will know the former couple spent years and millions building their huge Hidden Hills mansion, featured in Architectural Digest last year. In October, Kardashian West paid $ 23 million to buy its 50% stake in the several-acre property.
Compared to this enormous distribution, West’s new bachelor crash pad is a real eye-catcher. Built in 1955 and owned by the same not-famous family ever since, the single-story rancher is spacious but architecturally unremarkable, with four bedrooms and 2.5 bathrooms spanning approximately 3,600 square feet. (There is also a small guest studio with another bedroom and full bathroom, best for staff, attached to the garage.) The equestrian ranch spans just under an acre of land and also includes horse stables and some very dated interiors with wall carpeting and one or two bathrooms from the 80s.
Given West’s status as an architectural tastemaker – his Malibu home was curated by legendary Japanese designer Tadao Ando, and his former digs in the Hollywood Hills are a study of aggressive minimalism – he will almost certainly be giving the place an intestinal renovation before a move-in date is possible is to be set.
But none of that seemed to matter much. West really, really wanted the house – and paid a whopping $ 421,000 above the sellers’ price to secure the deed.
Nevertheless, due to its age, the property looks very well-kept. The large front yard was recently replaced with drought-resistant AstroTurf – a good thing for the water bill as the scorching summer temperatures in the San Fernando Valley can reach 110 degrees. The existing kitchen was remodeled in 2005 to include a spacious island, granite counter tops, and some generic looking white stoves and a white dishwasher. (Fortunately, there aren’t any dreaded white fridges on the premises.)
Melissa and Jason Improta of Compass kept the listing; Tomer Fridman from Compass represented the buyer.