Britney Spears’ Real Estate Circus
Like most celebrities, Britney Spears can’t help but say “Baby, one more time” to buying or renting new homes. Since the pop singer hit the big time in 1999 at the age of 18, she’s had 10 homes, six of which she purchased. Lately, the real estate queen has been more interested in renting — recently relocating from L.A.’s Hidden Hills neighborhood to the more suburban Thousand Oaks.
But of course we can’t just focus on Brit’s real estate wheelings and dealings without taking a look at a bit of the diva’s personal life. In honor of her newly-announced engagement and recent move to Thousand Oaks, we’re highlighting the ups and downs of the singer in real estate and in real life.
With a highly successful album and world tour, new fiancé and general new lease on life, it would make sense that Britney would want a new place to rent as well. Her most recent rental, above, may be a sign she’s settling down. It’s located in the more suburban Thousand Oaks neighborhood. Situated in a gated community, Britney’s palatial rental has 10,000 square feet of living space and high-end features like infinity pool, private gym, home theater, gourmet outdoor grill area and a pub with billiards table. Whether Britney stays in the rental after she marries Jason Trawick, her former agent, remains to be seen. With her real estate track record, a new home purchase wouldn’t be surprising.
Before relocating to Thousand Oaks, Britney previously rented a gated, luxury mansion in Hidden Hills. Listed for $12.9 million, Brit rented the home, above, for a reported $25,000 a month. The multi-winged mansion has 19,107 square feet of living space and offered all the features to keep her two young sons entertained: arcade, paddling pond, free-form pool and spa as well as ballroom and tennis court. Hidden Hills is a high-security enclave in Los Angeles, which is home to other celebrities such as Jennifer Lopez, the Osbournes and the Kardashian clan.
Following a public emotional breakdown in late 2008, Britney fled to Calasbas where she leased a one-acre estate, pictured above, far from the paparazzi and public’s prying eyes. She decamped there for nearly two years, pouring almost $700,000 into upgrades and preparing for her comeback. The mansion hit the Los Angeles real estate market in 2011 for $10.8 million. Without a buyer, the luxury home was sent to auction $4.49 million — a tactic that almost guarantees a sale.
By many accounts, 2007 was a rough year for Brit. Recently divorced from Kevin Federline, or “K-Fed,” Spears was attempting a come-back tour in the midst of a child custody battle, stints in and out of rehab and some heavy media attention after a self-inflicted buzz cut. On a whim, she also picked up a fully-furnished mansion, above, off Mulholland Drive in Beverly Hills for $6,750,000. She tried to sell the home in 2008 and 2010, but didn’t find a buyer. It’s currently off the market.
2004 to late 2006:
On the heels of her marriage to Kevin Federline in 2004, Britney sold her home in Hollywood Hills and the new husband and wife purchased a love nest, pictured above, in Malibu for $13.5 million. The enormous 9,130-square foot home sits on a gated 1.53-acre lot in the luxury gated Serra Retreat neighborhood. K-Fed and Brit spent a pretty penny updating the mansion — adding a dance and work-out studio, as well as recording studio. Their time in the compound was short; two years and two kids later, the couple divorced and the house went back on the Malibu real estate market for $13.5 million.
In 2002, with three successful albums under her belt, Britney decided to expand her empire into New York. She opened her first restaurant, Nyla, in New York City as well as a NoHo penthouse. Located in the storied Silk building, Britney’s apartment, above, was previously owned by Rolling Stones’ Keith Richards and, after that, Russell Simmons. Despite the rock n’ roll heritage of the home, Britney’s time in New York was short-lived; she listed the home in 2004 for $6 million. It sold for $4 million in 2006.
2001 was a good year for Brit. The singer followed up “Baby One More Time” with her sophomore album “Oops I Did It Again,” signed a $7 million deal with Pepsi, co-authored a book with her mom and picked up her first star-worthy estate in L.A, pictured above. The two-parcel property is situated at the end of a long drive drive in a gated star-studded community. Britney purchased the Hollywood Hills home for $2,975,000, selling it in 2003 to Brittany Murphy for $3,850,000, who owned it up until her death in December 2010.
At age 18, Britney burst onto the pop-music scene, debuting with next-door girl good lucks and a debut album that went platinum album two times over. With her new-found fame, Britney was able to purchase a custom-home for her mom, pictured above, on the outskirts of her hometown of Kentwood, LA. The brick home is named “Serenity” and is often the place Britney stays when she’s visiting her family today.