Moving West


Kanye West’s first home in the Hollywood Hills, where he lived for almost 15 years, is for sale. With clean, sophisticated architecture and unappareled views are the vibes that seem to be abundant in Kanye’s style. It is listed at $3.699 million.

It was in 2003 that West emerged as both a solo rap artist and producer and began to chart both simultaneously.  It was when Slow Jamz went to No.1 across all three Hot 100, R&B and Rap charts, becoming West’s very first chart-topping song.  It was also the year Kanye bought the sleek bachelor pad for $1.75 million.

This sophisticated, celebrity compound perched above it all with explosive and unobstructed jetliner views from Downtown LA to the ocean from every room. Features like the hardwood floors, high ceilings, smooth Venetian plaster and natural light give the home its warm, organic and modern appeal. Entrance to the property is gated and private property through a huge pivot-door to an open floor plan with the sun-drenched formal living room that leads effortlessly to the enchanting dining room and kitchen. Heading down to the second floor there is a relaxing and inviting primary suite. The master bath offers a soaker-tub next to a picture window to make the most of the uninterrupted view. The "Tulum-modern" feel resonates throughout the house.

The second floor also offers an additional large and bright en-suite bedroom with private deck. The lower level provides an expansive family room, media room and third bedroom with deck. Stepping out to the beautiful outdoor space for an al-fresco meal or invite friends over to celebrate is the perfect way to enjoy the breathtaking views. All of this and just moments from all that West Hollywood and the Sunset Strip have to offer.

West’s interest in architectural style has always been as strong as his interest in music and fashion, all of which he places under the umbrella of creativity and art.  Minimalistic and somewhat stark in poured concrete and clean lines, West’s preferred architectural-style preferences seemingly have not changed much from his original bachelor pad 18 years ago to the $57 million Malibu Beach house he recently purchased. Kanye’s new house was designed by Japanese architect Tadao Ando constructed with 1,200 tons of poured concrete and 200 tons of steel reinforcement.

Forty-four-year-old West hit the ground running in 2004 as an award-winning rapper with his album The College Dropout and has never had time to look back.  His rap music has gained him wealth and status, but astute in the ways of the world, Kanye branched out into business, fashion designing, singing and record producer. Now divorced from Kim Kardashian, both admired and vilified for his outspoken opinions, Kanye will likely remain a popular voice and style-setter long into the future.

West’s former bachelor pad with spectacular views is co-listed with Myles Lewis at Compass and Skye Louise Lamb at Premier Realty Services.

Photo credit:  Jack Spitser


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