By Jesse McCarl
As with many things in her life, Rihanna seems to have a very dysfunctional relationship with real estate. Her first attempt to buy a house in California ended with her taking the previous owner to court over undisclosed water damage. Before that, her Barbados home was broken into. But her most recent complicated relationship is with a Pacific Palisades mansion she purchased about a year ago for $12 million.
Just a few months after buying the California estate, a deranged fan attempted to break in and sleep in her bed. Fortunately, the stalker had the wrong address and wound up at a neighbor’s house. (The neighbor was not home at the time, and is perfectly safe.)
The situation got more intense over the summer when Rihanna’s security detail intercepted a man on the roof of the mansion… The correct one this time! And most recently, a man climbed over the backyard fence in October and threw a chair through a sliding glass door. Thanks to RiRi’s state-of-the-art security system, that was the furthest the man got before authorities arrived. Rihanna was safe on tour in Australia at the time.
There have been mixed reports as to whether these intruders are in cahoots, or if Rihanna just attracts particularly dedicated stalkers.
Rihanna decided she couldn’t Stay at the estate. She recognized that she was in danger by staying at the house, but rather than make a clean break and just sell the mansion back, she is renting it out… just in case she decides she’s still in love. The estate can be rented at $65,000 a month through the end of 2013. Starting in January, the price will inexplicably go up to $100,000.
Besides being owned by Rihanna, what is there to justify the high price tag? Well for starters, the “resort-like” estate measures 9,595 square feet and sits at the end of a long, private drive. The home is only a couple years old and features 7 bedrooms, 9 baths, and living spaces with up to 14-foot-high ceilings. It is full of smart-home technology, premium sound equipment, fireplaces, and a security system that has proven reliable time and time again.
Outdoor features include a sun deck, fire pit with barbeque, pool and spa… So people don’t even have to successfully break into your home to have a great time!
So where is Rihanna residing while she rents out her primary estate? Thanks to her inability to commit, she’s decided to go back to renting instead of owning her own place. She now hangs her Umbrella in a condo in New York City on the edge of Chinatown, overlooking SoHo. Her rent for the four-bedroom, three and a half-bath penthouse is $39k a month.
The 27-unit building has a full-time doorman and private elevator, providing the security she lacked from her California King Bed. In addition to amenities such as a media room and wet bar, Rihanna enjoys a stunning view of the Empire State Building from her bath tub. That’s special enough to make her feel like she’s the Only Girl (In the World).