The Los Angeles Times reports after much speculation surrounding Meghan Markle and Prince Harry’s new Los Angeles digs, reports surfaced Thursday they are living in a Beverly Hills mansion owned by “Madea” mastermind Tyler Perry.
According to the Daily Mail, the $18-million, 22-acre property — which has eight bedrooms and 12 bathrooms — is located atop a hill inside the Beverly Ridge Estates gated community. TMZ also reported the news Thursday afternoon.
The couple has been quarantining there with their son, Archie, since they made the move from Canada to California in late March. TMZ had previously reported Harry and Meghan were house-hunting in the Bel-Air area.
Per Variety Madea’s shopping mall-sized house is tucked away in the mountains above Beverly Hills, in a neighborhood known as Beverly Hills Post Office, and desirably lies at the very back of a 24/7 guard-gated community known as Beverly Ridge Estates.
Though far less famous than its gated community cousins to the north — specifically, the celebrity-swarmed enclaves of Beverly Park and Mulholland Estates — Beverly Ridge is indisputably swank and arguably even more exclusive, with only 14 lavish homes hidden within its secured entrance.
Spanning nearly 25,000 square feet of living space, Meghan and Harry’s multi-winged temporary home easily qualifies as a bonafide megamansion. Records reveal Perry acquired the 22-acre Coldwater Canyon property in 2004 and subsequently spent untold millions — likely well into the eight figures — custom building the Tuscan-style behemoth, which offers 8 bedrooms and 12 bathrooms. At one point prior to the current structure’s completion, Kanye West toured the property and expressed keen interest in purchasing the hillside complex, though that deal was not to be.
Not only does the high-security fortress sit within a guard-gated enclave, it also features its own driveway gate, a slew of security cameras and a state-of-the-art alarm system. And Perry reportedly has his own private security team who monitor the premises at all times, making the estate an ideal residential choice for a world-famous young family.
While most of the Duchess and Duke’s new Beverly Ridge neighbors are not famous — several of them are wealthy, low-profile businesspeople from China and Indonesia — current homeowners do include Johnny Carson’s widow Alexis Maas, producer Eric Weider and developer Robert Rivani.
Perry has long been noted for his unrestrained appetite for palatial properties. At one point he owned a ludicrously huge, 35,000 sq. ft. beast of a home in the far suburban reaches of Atlanta, though that place was sold for $17.5 million back in 2016. Besides the 90210 digs, his current holdings include an enormous Georgia complex with its own private airstrip, a 17,000 sq. ft. house in Fairburn, Ga., and a 8,500 sq. ft. abode elsewhere in Fairburn.
And back in 2017, Perry paid $14.5 million for a glassy house overlooking L.A.’s world-famous Mulholland Drive. Less than a year later, he flipped that spread for $15.6 million to Pharrell Williams, who himself is now attempting to sell the unwanted house.
For their part, Meghan and Harry are currently shopping for a permanent L.A. estate, one that carries an eight-figure pricetag commensurate with their royal standing, naturally. The pair are widely believed to be hunting through all of L.A.’s priciest zip codes for the perfect spot — and from West Hollywood to the mountainous far reaches of Pacific Palisades.
Prince Harry and Meghan Markle Staying at Tyler Perry's Mansion https://t.co/h1vMnVZ5gl
— TMZ (@TMZ) May 8, 2020