Now that his luxurious Calabasas estate is fully “paid off,” according to his ex-BFF Trisha Paytas, it’s no surprise that Shane Dawson is looking to expand his real estate horizons. Records reveal the controversial YouTube superstar and his longtime partner Ryland Adams have plunked down $2.2 million on a photogenic estate in Parker, Colorado, a relaxed suburban community about 25 miles southeast of Denver.
So the story goes, the house was first discovered by Adams’ sister Morgan, a Denver native who spotted it on Zillow. She sent the listing photos to her brother and Dawson, who both fell in love with the place and just had to have it. And indeed, it appears they really, really, really wanted it — the couple paid a full $500,000 over the $1.7 million asking price.
Dawson, 33, was one of the very first YouTubers to rise to international fame, long before most people even knew what a “YouTuber” was. From his beginnings on the platform in 2008, at age 19, the Los Angeles native has amassed more than 30 million subscribers and nearly 5 billion lifetime views across his various channels. Along the way, his popularity has alternatively waxed and waned, though his career arguably reached its zenith from 2015-2019, when he began releasing conspiracy-related and documentary videos.
In 2019, Dawson released “The Beautiful World of Jeffree Star,” a YouTube documentary series that racked up more than 130 million views and spawned a makeup collaboration between Dawson and Star. The pair’s subsequent Conspiracy palette launch was one of the biggest cosmetics success stories of all time, with one million units selling out in a matter of minutes. For his work on that single collab alone, Star told Dawson the latter would rake in as much as $10 million.
Since then, however, Dawson’s career has been “cancelled,” or stalled due to outcry over racist actions in his early YouTube videos, including videos of him performing in blackface and saying the N-word. He also made pedophilic jokes and openly sexualized children, provoking criticism from celebrities like Jaden and Jada Pinkett Smith. A public apology was posted, but the damage was done — millions of fans unsubscribed from his social media platforms, YouTube demonetized his channels, and Dawson has not uploaded a video since June 2020.
All of that internet drama feels a world apart from the Colorado property, which is inherently charming in its unpretentiousness. Spanning just over three acres, the compound consists of a clapboard-sided main house, an updated barn with loft-like living area, and a detached garage. There’s also a recreational pond — it’s more like a small lake, really — stocked with bass, bluegill, and carp.