In an effort to stave off paparazzi and to maintain their privacy, Kanye West and Kim Kardashian bought the house next to their Hidden Hills mansion for a whopping $2,925,000. To call the newly-bought property a “fixer-upper” is an understatement. The home is weathered and is a prime candidate for demolition, with the wood and brick ranch-style property looking horrible compared to the couple’s luxurious $20 million mansion. Despite the property’s condition, it will definitely add some extra space for Kim and Kanye’s huge estate, which already includes a swimming pool and even a vineyard.
— BI: Entertainment (@BI_Entertain) December 30, 2014
Kim and Kanye’s plan of buying property adjacent to their home is a strategy used by many of America’s elite to protect their privacy by basically owning the entire block. Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg famously spent $30 million to purchase the properties surrounding his $7 million Palo Alto home. Elon Musk, the Tesla CEO, also did the same by buying the nearest property to his home for $6.75 million, while former Disney CEO Michael Eisner paid $8.2 million for his neighbor’s pad in Bel Air.
The deal for the $2,925,000 piece of property closed on December 15 this year, while Kim and Kanye’s mansion was purchased back in August. According to records accessed on Property Shark, the home was transferred from a company called Safari View LLC to the Noel Roberts Trust. The Noel Roberts Trust has ties to several of Kim and Kanye’s properties, including the Bel Air mansion that the couple are trying to sell as well as Kanye’s pad in Hollywood Hills.
While the couple may be happy with their new property purchase, rumors about a divorce are still circulating. Various insiders are speculating that Kim isn’t happy with her marriage to the rapper, with reports surfacing that Kanye has been controlling the Keeping Up With The Kardashians star. And speaking of Keeping up with the Kardashians, some are even speculating that Kanye wants Kim to leave the show in an effort to make her more dependent on him.
There seems to be some truth in the rumors that Kim is tired of the reality show, but she is still looking for other opportunities to strike it out on her own. And while rumors about their marital troubles are not going away anytime soon, the couple put up a united front when they attended Kris Jenner’s annual Christmas bash with baby North in tow. Between this and the new property, it looks like the couple are determined to work out whatever the problem is.