After dealing with stalkers at her Pacific Palisades home, Rihanna sought security behind the concrete walls of a house known within the industry as the Fortress, a stylish behemoth designed by David Lawrence Gray Architects. Perched above the Sunset Strip, the 10,000-square-foot dwelling features 40-foot ceilings, steel beams, and walls of glass; a two-bedroom guesthouse; and a notoriously phallic-shaped swimming pool. Also of note: a gourmet kitchen by Porsche Design. The singer paid $60,000 a month for the modern mansion, and moved out in 2017.
She also shelled out $5.5 million for a penthouse in the Robert A.M. Stern–designed Century Tower, where other high-profile residents include Paula Abdul, celebrity chef Nobu Matsuhisa, and Friends star Matthew Perry. The perks of condo living at the 42-story tower include a 24-hour valet, a 75-foot pool, and intense anti-paparazzi security. Rihanna still owns the condo and reportedly uses it as her main property.
Though not much is known about Rihanna’s Wilshire Corridor condo, what is known is that she paid $925,000 for it in 2015, and that the 2,000-square-foot unit sits on one of the upper floors of the high-rise, likely a reaction to the stalker issues she dealt with at her Pacific Palisades house. As of early 2021, it appears that the pop star still owns the home.
The same year she launched Fenty Beauty, Rihanna put down $6.8 million for a Mediterranean-style villa in the Hollywood Hills. The six-bedroom, 10-bathroom main house measures 7,130 square feet, with high ceilings and steel-framed doors throughout. A guest house turned fitness center, an infinity pool, and multiple outdoor lounge areas fill out the rest of the half acre. A year after she purchased this place, the singer faced more trespassers, and decided to put the home on the market for $7.5 million. So far, there have been no takers, and the mansion hit the rental market for $35,000 a month in August 2019.
Not all of Rihanna’s homes were meant to be long-term investments. In 2017, she also discreetly purchased a $2.75 million Spanish-style villa in West Hollywood, which she subsequently flipped right back onto the market three months later for $2.85 million.
Unbeknownst to many of her fans, Rihanna decamped for London in 2018, renting a historic 19th-century house in the pricey St. John’s Wood district for approximately $25,000 a week. The eight-bedroom mansion, located just a short jaunt from the famous Abbey Road Crosswalk, measured 6,332 square feet, and included a home gym, movie theater, and enough parking space for 10 cars. The Victorian-era home hit the market in September 2020, asking $40.94 million.
Rihanna splashed out on a $415,000-a-month rental in the Hamptons in the summer of 2020. According to the Observer, the singer stayed at the charming 6,140-square-foot waterfront home for just one month, from mid-July to mid-August, riding out the pandemic in the secluded privacy of the five-bedroom, six-bathroom retreat. And, fun fact: The home also happens to be the spot where Khloé and Kourtney Kardashian filmed much of their reality show back in 2014.
In early 2021, Rihanna made headlines when she picked up two neighboring Beverly Hills mansions in short order. First it was a $13.8 million contemporary-style property measuring just over 7,600 square feet and featuring five bedrooms and seven bathrooms. Next, the “Diamonds” singer bought a $10 million Tudor-esque home boasting wood beams and an oversize swimming pool and measuring 3,549 square feet. The second home has four bedrooms and four and a half bathrooms. It remains to be seen what her plans are for these properties.