It would appear that Ye’s rural era is coming to an end. Less than a month after purchasing Richard Sachs’ sumptuous Malibu beach house designed by Japanese architect Tadao Ando for US$57.3 million (AU$78.85 million), Kanye West is now attempting to offload his famed Wyoming ranch for a tidy US$11 million (AU$14.9 million).
Formerly known as Monster Lake Ranch, the highly influential rapper + producer/fashion mogul/confirmed billionaire initially ditched the glitterati of California circa 2019, escaping to the countryside destination of Cody – “a sleepy tourist city of about 10,000”; eventually becoming the base for part of his Yeezy fashion label’s operation. Located on the eastern approach to Yellowstone National Park, West Ranch itself is spread across 3,888 acres in total and rumoured to have been purchased by the one-time US presidential candidate for a heavily discounted price of US$7.7 million (AU$10.49 million).
While this would usually where we’d slip in the tired joke surrounding plenty of room for activities, it isn’t so much a joke as it is the barebone reality of living at West Ranch. In addition to simply being the Kanye Nest where Kanye West gets his Kanye Rest, Monster Lake Ranch offers eight lodging units, its own restaurant, event centre + meeting space, go-kart track, Star Wars-themed huts, two freshwater trophy lakes, and trophy trout fishing.
Other notable features include equipment sheds, equine facilities, livestock corrals, hay meadows, BLM lease rights, and more. And while the property description doesn’t explicitly confirm it, there’s a good chance you’d find a studio set up somewhere in the mix. Reports indicate at one stage, Ye had even planned on building an amphitheatre for his regular Sunday Service sessions and the odd album party (of which he hosted his fair share).
“The views of the sandstone cliffs and Absaroka mountains make it a premier Wyoming ranch investment,” notes the DBW Realty listing.
“[This is a] once in a lifetime property.”
Although the listing was only posted this week, many anticipated Kanye West didn’t intend to make Cody, Wyoming home for much longer. Earlier this year, West began selling the four-wheelers he and estranged wife Kim Kardashian West can be seen riding in an early video clip filmed around the area; confirmed by Whitlock Motors Sales Manager Kellen Whitehead. Just three weeks ago, West sold his fleet of Ford Raptor trucks back to the Fremont Motor Company.
Mayor Matt Hall expressed a measure of disappointment that Cody’s most prolific constituent was making an exit, telling The New York Times he’d been hopeful that “from an economic development standpoint, it would work out for a bit.” West, of course, had promised to invest within Cody heavily upon his arrival.
“When somebody like that leaves, it’s unfortunate. But I think we’ll all move on.”
The Cody Enterprise previously reported Kanye West has also listed seven commercial properties in the area for more than $3 million – check out the listing for his Wyoming ranch / Monster Lake Ranch and take a virtual tour via the link below.