This has been a big week in the Britney Spears universe! Not only did “Framing Britney Spears,” “The New York Times Presents” documentary about the pop star’s much-contested conservatorship, hit Hulu on February 5, but her father, Jamie, also sold the longtime family home, where the singer grew up, the very same day. Though the doc incited a social media maelstrom, somehow the house sale went largely unnoticed. Not much was made when the residence initially hit the market last June, either, which is surprising considering the place is a veritable piece of pop history.
The ranch-style property should be familiar to anyone who ever picked up a copy of the April 15, 1999 issue of Rolling Stone magazine and perused the cover story, “Britney Spears: Inside the Heart, Mind & Bedroom of a Teen Dream.” Journalist Steven Daly and photographer David LaChappelle did indeed take readers inside the pop star’s bedroom, as well as through the rest of her Kentwood, Louisiana home. The controversial spread, Brit’s first-ever cover story, went on to become one of the most famous ever published by the magazine.
The modest single-story residence at 14550 Greenlaw Church Rd. hardly seems a likely backdrop for such a landmark piece. Built in 1979, the ranch-style pad, which consists of three bedrooms and two and a half baths in 2,299 square feet, is jarringly normal, though the interior is a bit of a relic.
With granite countertops and a tiled backsplash, the kitchen appears to have been updated at some point. But the rest of the property remains seemingly untouched from its 1979 incarnation, with the extensive wood-paneling to prove it.