Amethyst Kelly left her native Australia as an adventurous and artistic 16-year-old and moved to the United States in order to pursue her dreams of being a hip hop star. She lived in Miami, Houston and Atlanta before she settled, in 2010, in Los Angeles and changed her named to Iggy Azalea. She chose the name, she’s said, after her favorite dog and the name of the street on which her family lives.
Azalea, now 31, became a pop culture phenom after the release of her 2014 debut album, “The New Classic.” She has since sold more than 70 million records worldwide, accumulated billions of views on her YouTube channel — her 2014 song “Fancy,” featuring Charli XCX, has more than a billion views all by itself, and received numerous awards, including an MTV Video Music Award, two AMAs, and numerous Billboard Music Awards.
Along the way the famously unfiltered “Black Widow” singer was involved in lots of drama, i.e, she and rapper Azealia Banks spent some time flinging choice words at each other, and had a series of relationships with several high-profile men, including A$AP Rocky (now dating Rihanna), NBA player Nick Young (they once owned a house in Tarzana that they bought from Selena Gomez), and rapper Playboi Carti, with whom she has a young son named Onyx.
Last spring, perhaps looking to settle down and raise some baby, she splashed out $5.2 million for a family-sized home in the guard-gated, equestrian-oriented and celeb-packed Hidden Hills community. Alas, things got off to a rocky start right away. It wasn’t more than a week before Azalea got into a feud with one of her new neighbors, who objected to some renovations and construction work that had begun. (Plans called for a children’s playground and a zip line.) Angry at having been turned in and called out, Azalea did what a lot of people today do, she took to Twitter. “Day 1 living in my new house and my bored housewives ass neighbor already tried to snitch on me for doing construction on my own fuckin home.” No doubt, that did little to ease the tensions.
A couple months later, on the designer heels of the release of the video for “I Am The Stripclub,” the Caucasian pop-rapper, who has routinely faced criticism about cultural appropriation and her “blaccent,” was buried in an avalanche of allegations of blackfishing, a slang term for when a white person makes efforts to appear to be a person of color. She dismissed the allegations and shocked many of her fans when just a week or two later she announced, via Twitter, naturally, that she planned to quit music for a few years after her third studio album, appropriately named “The End of an Era,” dropped in August.
All that personal and professional turmoil — some reports suggest all the drama has destroyed her career — might have something to do with Azalea having just hung an almost $6.2 million price tag on her Hidden Hills house not even eight months after she bought it. Built in the mid-1960s, and sitting on a slightly more than one-acre parcel, the unassuming single-story suburban ranch house offers four bedrooms and 3.5 bathrooms in just over 5,200 square feet. A detached two-story guest house at the rear of the property offers another bedroom and bath, plus a full kitchen, a double-height living room, and a large loft.
Listings held by Shari Huntington and Tyler Van Patten, both of Coldwell Banker Realty, describe the house as “a turnkey gem” and show the house features new bathrooms and closets, remodeled fireplaces, a spacious four-car garage, and a Sonos speaker system both inside and outside. Permits have also been obtained, per promo materials, “to extend and remodel the front façade of the home and interior entry that includes construction of a front porch, complete hardscape remodel of driveway and motor court.” (The next owners would do well to send the neighbors a fruit basket or something!)
Interiors feature beamed and vaulted ceilings, glossy milk-chocolate colored wood floors, and mostly cotton-white walls accented with vibrantly colorful abstract paintings, while the backyard offers a screened porch, lots of stone terracing and thick carpets of lawn, a sport court, and a lagoon-style swimming pool and spa.
Other high-profile folks with homes in Hidden Hills include several Kardashians, as well as Kanye West, who just bought a house across the street from the mansion he used to share with Kim Kardashian, Jessica Simpson, LeAnn Rimes, Drake, and Madonna.