After years of renting huge homes scattered across the greater Los Angeles area, from Beverly Hills to Malibu, Nicki Minaj has finally pulled the real estate trigger. Records show the award-winning rapper’s famed “Starships” have crash-landed in Hidden Hills, a guard-gated city in the San Fernando Valley, where she’s paid $19.5 million for an all-new estate.
Built new this year by a local developer, the big modern farmhouse never had a chance to officially hit the market — it sold “before listing on the MLS,” according to the property realtor’s remarks. Unfortunately, that means photos and details of the home are virtually nonexistent, save for tax records that indicate the nearly 12,000-square-foot residence features eight bedrooms, nine full bathrooms and two powder rooms.
There are also a separate guesthouse and poolside cabana in the backyard, plus a saltwater pool with a spa and Baja shelf for sunbathing. The flat lot spans a full acre and offers garaging for three cars, grassy lawns and significant landscaping for privacy. The main house itself has pocketing glass doors that open to various patios and terraces, and the upstairs master suite offers a private balcony overlooking the backyard.
Minaj is a fan of very large houses. With husband Kenneth Petty, the Trinadian-born songstress, 40, currently lives in a hilltop rental mansion in Calabasas, in one of the city’s numerous gated communities. Built in the 1990s, that Mediterranean-inspired structure has marble floors, six bedrooms and nine bathrooms in more than 10,000 square feet of living space, though it seems likely Minaj, Petty and their entourage will soon make the move to their new and grander Hidden Hills estate.
Once a quiet, Kentucky-esque community filled with horse ranches, Hidden Hills has recently become a mecca for the rich and famous seeking residential serenity — particularly professional athletes and musicians. Today, the neighborhood’s Ferraris and Lamborghinis probably outnumber its horses; residents include Madonna, Jessica Simpson, Will and Jada Smith, Lori Loughlin, Sylvester Stallone, Ben Simmons, many of the Kardashians and most of the L.A. Rams’ current roster.