Taylor Swift: California Girl
Taylor Swift bought a house in Beverly Hills in late April 2011 for $3.5 million. While Swift still has close ties to her family and home in Nashville (where she reportedly bought them a historic estate for $2.5 million in August 2011) the highest-paid recording star in the world put down roots in Los Angeles, where many of her close friends reside. She also has a townhouse in Manhattan’s West Village and once owned a mansion in Rhode Island.
At one of her concerts at LA’s Staples Center in August 2011, Swift told the crowd: “You’re really nice people here,” according to The Los Angeles Times. “So, thought I’d make it official.”
During Swift’s North American 2011 tour, the singer spent about 10 days enjoying her new digs, performing four sold-out concerts at LA’s Staples Center in late August. Taylor was spotted around town dining with friends like actress Reese Witherspoon (both ex-girlfriends of actor Jake Gyllenhaal) and flea market shopping near Fairfax and Melrose avenues.
At Taylor’s August 24th show in Los Angeles, friends like actress Emma Stone (The Help, Crazy, Stupid, Love), JoJo, and actor Penn Badgley were spotted in the audience. In a tribute to Southern California, Swift sang The Beach Boys ballad “God Only Knows.”
A Place in LA That Taylor Swift Calls ‘Mine’
When not touring, country/pop singer/songwriter Taylor Swift has made Nashville, Tennessee, her home. But increasingly, Swift has spent more time in Los Angeles. And what brings the golden-haired songstress to LA so often? Recording, filming, awards shows, and friends like GiGi Hadid, the months and weeks before the real estate transaction occurred in April 2011, Swift has been in the area for awards shows and is also providing one of the character’s voices for the animated film The Lorax, based on the Dr. Seuss children’s classic. Swift was also spotted at a Lakers’ game with Glee star Chord Overstreet.
The house Taylor Swift bought in Beverly Hills has the appeal of a relaxing country estate. A quick look at the other listings of million-dollar homes in Beverly Hills reveals why this particular house on North Beverly Drive appealed to the Nashville resident. While most are Spanish-style, Mediterranean, contemporary, Midcentury Modern or customized remodels, Taylor Swift found herself a house on a 1.36-acre lot that looks like one of the fancier homes in Country Living Magazine. Which, if you’re familiar with Los Angeles real estate, is not that easy to find.
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Country Living in the City
The description from the real estate listing describes the four-bedroom, four-bath home as an East Coast Traditional that “exudes warmth and charm reminiscent of the New England countryside. Pass through the gates, travel down a long pea gravel driveway and retreat from the chaos of the nearby city.”
Another description calls the home’s style as “Cape Cod Colonial,” although it doesn’t really look like either style. How about Big ‘Ole Country Cottage? Back to that gate: its placement is more for charm and affect like an archway or trellis serves as a visual signal that a transition awaits. In this instance, it’s simply the stepping stones across the sea of grass.
Taylor Swift’s Brick Patio Paradise
While Taylor Swift’s large (by Los Angeles standards) property does not have a swimming pool, there certainly are plenty of places on the grounds to build one, should she decide to go the “stars and swimming pools” route.
In the meantime, Swift can kick back, barbecue with friends and enjoy the good life on this classic brick patio. Of course, relaxing will have to happen after her big concert tour for 2011, which started in May and ends in late November. Something to look forward to after all her hard work and life on the road.
Taylor Swift and Chord Overstreet at Kings Game
Was the singer’s new relationship at the time of her announcement (Chord Overstreet of Glee) the reason Swift decided to buy a home in Los Angeles? Who knows? The long-legged lady from Nashville has been linked to several guys for brief periods of time, the relationships or breakups with which often end up as inspiration for her songs. Write what you know, right?
Taylor and Glee actor Chord Overstreet attend an NHL hockey game between the Minnesota Wild and the Los Angeles Kings at Staples Center (where she appeared in concert in August 2011) on February 24, 2011, in Los Angeles. The Kings defeated the Wild 4-2.
Romantic Vine-Covered Arbor
Taylor Swift need not look any further than this romantic vine-covered arborcovering a patio for inspiration when writing a new song. If it’s a scented vine—all the better. Can’t you picture her using the arbor as a setting for a music video?
Depending on the type of vine, it can bloom for up to three seasons and stay green for all four, growing in Southern California. A brick patio gives the property a certain old-fashioned charm and may have added to the property’s appeal to Swift.
In addition to the main house, the estate includes a guest house, which has one bedroom, one bathroom, a living room and a kitchen.