Any time Kim Kardashian-West or Kanye West do, well, anything, they seem to make the headlines. But of late, most of those headlines have been about real estate. In February, we finally got a look inside their modern, minimalist manse in Hidden Hills—their main residence—but we’ve also heard about their purchases of two adjacent properties, a 320-acre plot of land in Calabasas where Kanye was building space-age low-cost housing, and multiple ranches in Wyoming that are going to be transformed into a Yeezy campus.
And that’s just in the last couple of years! “Anybody who’s been to any of my cribs knows that I’m super into developing homes,” Kanye told radio presenter Charlemagne tha God in a 2018 interview. “I’m going to be one of the biggest real estate developers of all time, like what Howard Hughes is to aircraft and what Henry Ford was to cars.”
It’s a big statement, but it’s Kanye West we’re talking about here. While the rapper-turned-fashion-designer certainly has the funds to snap up as much real estate as he desires, the question is, is he going to actually become a mogul? Based on how his past and current dealings have gone, we’re not so sure.
West’s former NYC bachelor pad, for instance, recently saw its listing price slashed by 15 percent before going into contract. That 320-acre parcel of land? Well, he was ordered to demolish his projects on it after failing to secure proper building permits. (Neighbors reportedly filed noise complaints about the construction site, bringing authorities right to it.) He’s also made real estate plans that have fallen through for one reason or another, like his $14 million Miami condo that he was going to gift to his wife, and a potential move to back to his home Chicago to open a Yeezy office.
He’s lucky that his counterpart seems to be a little wiser with real estate dealings. “Kim is so savvy when it comes to real estate,”broker Josh Altman told Money about the couple’s 2017 flip of a Bel-Air home, which they bought for $9 million and sold for $17.8. “This is not her first house, this is not the first time she knocked it out of the park, because she constantly does that on every single property she buys.”
Who knows what the future will hold, and how the history books will remember the Kardashian-West empire—we’re leaning towards the celebrity family du jour rather the biggest real estate family of all time. But if you’re curious as to the latest developments to Kim and Kanye’s real estate portfolio, dive into the properties below.
The City Apartment (New York, NY)
COURTESY OF CORE NYC
Designed by Claudio Silvestrin, Kim and Kanye’s former one-bedroom, 2,427-square-foot SoHo apartment was put on the market with CORE Real Estate in September 2019. Originally Kayne’s bachelor pad, the home is currently in contract, with the most recent price listed at $3.99 million, down from its original asking price of $4.7 million.