René Pérez Joglar, known professionally as Residente, a famously provocative solo artist and co-founder of the status quo upending Puerto Rican alt-rap duo Calle 13, is high-tailing out of L.A.’s upscale Encino suburb, jointly listing his designer-done mansion with Maria De Luna of Koch Properties and Chris Grillo of Compass at $6.7 million.
The turkey-talking rapper, writer, and producer, whose recently released single, “This Is Not America,” challenges people from the United States to reconsider what they mean when they use the word “America,” hopes to turn a tidy profit on the almost 8,100-square-foot home tax records show he scooped up not even 18 months ago for $5.75 million from PennyMac mortgage company CEO David Spector.
Prominently sited above the street on a grassy knoll, with a hedge-lined gated drive and a pair of oak trees to soften the bright-white clapboard exterior, the spacious seven-bedroom, eight-bath house is enhanced with traditional black shutters and trendy, black-framed mullioned windows.
The foyer is a double-height affair with a curved staircase, a gold, ring-shaped light fixture makes a glitzy minimalist statement in the formal sitting room, and the dining room, converted to a billiards lounge, is wrapped in energetic paint-splatter wallpaper. It’s in the dining/billiards room where the home’s resident rapper displays a small handful of his vast trove of industry awards, which include five Grammy Awards and 31 Latin Grammy Awards, more than any other Latin recording artist.
A TV lounge pairs geometric trompe-l’oeil wallpaper with a plum-colored sectional sofa, while the gigantic, double-island gourmet kitchen flows into a family room anchored by a grey-flannel stone fireplace. Floor-to-ceiling windows and doors open the airy, light-filled space to the backyard, where a one-bedroom and one-bath poolside guesthouse boasts a large living room and a full kitchen.
In contrast to Residente’s turbulent and sometimes contentious music, the serene grounds of the two-thirds-acre spread, which include a huge circular motor court and three-car garage outfitted with all sorts of gym equipment, are almost obsessively orderly. Patios paved in grey herringbone-patterned stone tiles, a turquoise swimming pool, and thick carpets of evenly mown emerald lawn are bordered by fastidiously clipped hedges and trees sculpted into topiary cubes.
Before Residente and his girlfriend, Polish model Kasia Marciniak, a.k.a. Kasia Mónica, made their home in Encino, they shacked up in New York City’s Chelsea neighborhood. However, the art-filled two-bedroom and three-bathroom loft-like condo they shared was sold last summer for $4.55 million, just under the $4.6 million tax records show Residente and his now ex-wife, Argentine actress Soledad Fandiño, paid for the place about four years earlier.