Full disclosure… we didn’t think it was possible for The Weeknd (real name: Abel Tesfaye) to upgrade from the Los Angeles mansion he offloaded to Madonna earlier this year by any qualitative margin. It wasn’t so much an issue of coin – which we know he’d have plenty to spend – as it was a question of, “Where do you go from here?” From the tasteful outdoor pavilion to the neon-lit auto gallery, the old joint pretty much had it all. But clearly, what we assumed was a ceiling was simply a sunroof, as the chart-topping R&B singer adopts this US$70 million / AU$97.7 million Bel Air pad as his new primary residence.
Acquired from Dutch media actor turned entrepreneur – Reinout Oerlemans – through an off-market deal which apparently marks one of Los Angeles’ biggest in 2021, initially, there was zero intentions to sell his 33,000-square foot property. In fact, given how Reinout and wife Danielle Oerlemans had just forked out for an extensive renovation, ostensibly, they were here for the long haul. Though true to his artistic persona, what The Weeknd wants, The Weeknd gets. And an offer that represents +227% of the previous purchase price is something you generally don’t pass up.
Situated on approximately 1.6 acres of land which overlooks the prestigious Bel-Air Country Club, The Weeknd’s fresh digs offers nine bedrooms in addition to an entire “bevy of amenities” – reportedly ranging from a spa + sauna, hammam, indoor pool, outdoor infinity pool w/ waterfall, tennis court, gym, movie theatre, to the ever-necessary music studio.
“The home is modern and dramatic,” The Wall Street Journal elaborates.
“It has a large living and entertaining space with spray-painted high gloss orange walls and a black fireplace, an industrial-style office, and a formal dining room with a fireplace and coffered ceilings. In the kitchen, there are copper cabinets with custom handles made from leather belts.”
“Reinout Oerlemans said the home was ‘horrendous’ in terms of the interior design when they purchased it, but he saw good bones and loved the location. Danielle Oerlemans completely redesigned the interior, working with one of her favourite interior designers and importing modern furniture from around the world, including from the couple’s native Netherlands.”
Check out the new Bel Air mansion currently occupied by The Weeknd / Abel Tesfaye below (and for those of you who are curious, tour the inside of his old mansion here).