Built in 1965, this modernist house has gone through various iterations over the decades. Today, while it still presents as a low-slung midcentury from out front, it’s huge and aggressively contemporary within — complete with walls of glass, soaring ceilings and broad expanses of blonde travertine floors.
Thoroughly renovated and expanded, the house now contains nearly 6,000 square feet of living space — much of it courtesy of a very noticeable and substantial addition, which juts out like a curved tail from the more modest original structure. The property itself is also remarkably secluded, tucked away at the very end of a little-known cul-de-sac in the upper reached of Bel Air, in the hills high above Sunset Boulevard. Big gates hide the home from public sight, and views stretch for miles.
All those attributes (and more) were sufficient to charm nearly $8 million out of Tyler Okonma, better known to his tens of millions of social media followers as rap maestro Tyler, the Creator. Though he’s barely out of his 20s, Tyler has established himself as one of the most successful hip-hop artists of his millennial generation, fusing elements of jazz, mainstream rap, underground hip-hop and a wee bit of theatrical eccentricities into a decade-plus-long career that’s seen the Los Angeles native slowly evolve from the de facto leader of rap music collective Odd Future into a modern-day Renaissance man who’s now at the top of his career game.
Tyler has had a substantial fanbase since the late aughts, but his career really didn’t hit its apex until 2017 or so. In the last three years alone, he’s charted two Billboard #1 albums, won his first Grammy Award, signed a first-look deal with Sony Pictures TV, and beefed up his income with the launch of a new fashion/accessory line called Golf le Fleur, which peddles high-end clothing, accessories and nail polish at premium prices, with all of the products framed amid the backdrop of whimsically vintage colors.