Everything We Know About The Weeknd’s Extravagant $70 Million Bel-Air Mansion

R&B superstar The Weeknd hasn't always had it easy, and had to overcome many hardships before his career skyrocketed. Now, his patience, resilience, and hard work are paying off, and his ultra-luxurious home in Bel-Air stands as proof of that.

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Abel Tesfaye, more popularly known as The Weeknd, recently made headlines not for his usual chart-topping music but for his latest real estate purchase.

The R&B superstar dropped a cool $70 million dollars for a luxurious Bel-Air mansion, making it one of the most expensive deals closed in Los Angeles this year — and earning him a spot in our list of most expensive celebrity homes in recent history.

close-up of singer The Weeknd's house in Bel Air, Los Angeles, a sprawling $70 million mansion
The Weeknd’s house purchase is one of the biggest real estate deals closed in 2021, and earns him a spot on the list of most expensive celebrity homes. Image credit: Berlyn Photography 2021

The $70 million manse is a substantial upgrade from his previous 12,500-square-foot home in Hidden Hills, which he sold to Madonna for $19.3 million shortly before closing on his Bel-Air property.

In fact, his Hidden Hills home earned a mention on his last album “After Hours”. In his song “Snowchild”, Tesfaye sings about never having even lived in his “$20 mil mansion”:

“Twenty mill’ mansion, never lived in it

Zero edge pool, never dipped in it”

The Weeknd, ‘Snowchild’
The Weeknd’s former house in Hidden Hills, which he sold to Madonna shortly before buying his new Bel-Air pad. Image credit: Alfred Yson courtesy of The Agency

With this confession, it comes as a bit of surprise that The Weeknd chose to go even bigger for his next home. But, since his album did extremely well and with all that extra money to spare, the next obvious course was to go even grander.

This time, he went for a sprawling 33,000-square-foot megamansion. That’s triple the size of his previous house!

The Bel-Air megamansion wasn’t even on the market

The home’s previous owners, Dutch media mogul Reinout Oerlemans and wife Danielle Oerlemans were not even planning to sell the Bel-Air mansion. But, Rayni and Branden Williams of Beverly Hills Estates convinced them to show it to the music star, eventually leading to the sale.

The couple acquired the property back in 2015 for $21.4 million. Originally, the house had an early-2000s Tuscan villa aesthetic. The Oerlemans oversaw a complete redesign of the property to extraordinary results.

The lavish mansion where The Weeknd lives
Before Abel Tesfaye, most commonly known as The Weeknd, purchased the sprawling 1.6-acre property, it was owned by Dutch media mogul Reinout Oerlemans and wife Danielle Oerlemans, who revamped the house entirely. Image credit: Simon Berlyn

Its interior design was apparently “horrendous” before the renovation. But, Mr. Oerleman saw potential and loved the location. The house sits on 1.6 acres of land and directly overlooks the exclusive Bel-Air Country Club.

Revamping such a massive property is no simple undertaking. It took a whole three years to finish the project.

But, the reconstruction proved to be a great investment because the property turned into one of the most impressive pieces of real estate in prime lower Bel-Air.

The Weeknd’s house: Modern contemporary elegance, plus luxurious amenities

A bevy of luxurious amenities and showstopping interiors are present in The Weeknd’s new mansion. With the outdated 2000s aesthetics gone, it now boasts contemporary elegance with modern finishings brought in from all around the world.

The mansion’s entrance greets with double gates and a lengthy driveway. The house is surrounded by a landscape of greens and lush trees on all sides, with no neighbors nearby, giving the mysterious and reclusive artist the privacy he needs.

aerial photo showing the property grounds and the exterior of The Weeknd's house in Bel-Air, Los Angeles
The Weeknd’s new house in Bel-Air is a striking $70 million megamansion that has been completely revamped by its former owners. Image credit: Simon Berlyn

When it comes to amenities, there is no shortage of luxurious facilities inside the pad. There is a spa, a Turkish-inspired hammam, an indoor pool, an outdoor infinity pool with waterfalls, an indoor movie theater, a gym, a tennis court, and of course, a music studio.

It has a total of nine bedrooms, all done with lavish interiors. There is also lots of space for entertaining guests – from an outdoor bar by the waterfall to a poolside lounge area equipped with a fire pit.

The formal living room perfectly encapsulates the modern extravagance of the home, featuring glossy orange walls, a black marble fireplace, and dramatic coffered ceilings with mirror panels.

inside singer The Weeknd's new house in Bel-Air, Los Angeles
The perfectly appointed interiors of The Weeknd’s house include a lavish living room with orange walls and coffered ceilings. Image credit: Berlyn Photography 2021

Another standout area in the palatial home is the spacious kitchen, which is equipped with two marble waterfall-edge islands. The gorgeous islands are custom-made with copper cabinets featuring leather belt handles, adding a bit of rustic detail to the space.

The kitchen is also decked with floor-to-ceiling glass doors, which open to the jaw-dropping sight of the infinity pool and golf course views.

Nearly all of the common rooms in The Weeknd’s mansion are designed with floor-to-ceiling glassy doors, which gives the space a lot of natural light and also that relaxing indoor-outdoor feel.

indoor pool inside singer The Weeknd's house
There are plenty of amenities in the massive Bel-Air mansion, including an indoor pool that the singer can use when rainy days keep him from using the infinity edge outdoor pool. Image credit: Berlyn Photography 2021

There are several outdoor terraces and a split double staircase that leads to a perfectly manicured lawn.

From homeless to king of the castle

The Weeknd now has a net worth of around $100 million but it hasn’t always been easy for the Canadian artist. He had to work his way up from the streets of Toronto and at one point, he was homeless. 

Tesfaye dropped out of high school and faced many hardships before turning his life around. He had to sleep on the couches of friends just to keep a roof over his head. A viral mixtape changed his life, leading him to become one of the most successful artists of our time.

Despite many hardships, The Weeknd rose to fame (and fortune), with his talent and hard work propelling him to become one of the most popular artists of our time. Image credit: Fred von Lohmann, CC BY 2.0, via Wikimedia Commons

His couch-surfing days are a thing of the past now, and with his record-breaking purchase of the sprawling Bel-Air property, he’s ready to be crowned as the new Fresh Prince of Bel-Air.

The road to success may have been a long and difficult one for The Weeknd. But his inspiring story is a prime example that no matter your troubled past, hard work and dedication can change your life for the better.

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One of our leading celebrity insiders, Cha Miñoza has been writing for over a decade, specializing in topics like lifestyle, celebrities and pop culture. She also holds bylines in other media companies like The Inquisitr and international fashion blog Tokyo Fashion.