“The Doctor is in the house!” Born in Compton, California in 1965 as Andre Romelle Young, Dr. Dre has become one of the most successful rappers and music producers of all time after getting his start in the mid-1980s with the R&B group known as World Class Wreckin’ Cru. It wasn’t, however, until he joined Ice Cube, Eazy-E, MC Ren and DJ Yella to form the influential gangsta rap group known as N.W.A that he truly found fame as an artist. Since then, he’s established himself as one of the most sought after and acclaimed music producers in the industry who is responsible for developing artists like Eminem, 50 Cent and Snoop Dogg.
Listed among Rolling Stone magazine’s “100 Greatest Artists of All Time,” Dr. Dre’s massive success has led him to earn the title as the “Richest Man in Hip Hop” with a net worth of a whopping $800 million. As a result, living the lifestyle of the rich and famous definitely comes easy as the 51-year-old rapper, record producer and entrepreneur has more than enough money in the bank to buy whatever luxurious estate wherever and whenever he wants.
Having owned several extravagant properties throughout his 32-year career, Dr. Dre’s most recent purchase is his current home located in Los Angeles’ posh Brentwood community. Originally built by NFL quarterback Tom Brady and his wife Gisele Bundchen who enlisted the expertise of world-renowned architect and known mega-mansion builder Richard Landry to design their house, the couple listed the estate for a jaw-dropping $50 million in 2014. Despite a great deal of interest from other buyers, Dr. Dre was determined to let nothing come in the way of buying his dream home and was able to secure the property for $40 million. While the Brady’s didn’t get their asking price, everyone ultimately got what they wanted—Dr. Dre a new home and the Brady’s a huge return on their original $11.75 million investment in 2008.
Living in Brentwood, Dr. Dre and his family are in good company with quite a few other notable celebrities including Dustin Hoffman, Reese Witherspoon and Jennifer Garner who share the block. To add to the community’s appeal, it was also once home to entertainment legends Marilyn Monroe and Dean Martin and is still the home to several famous celebrity hangouts such as Freda’s and Toscana.
Beyond the posh neighborhood itself, Dr. Dre’s French country chateau is simply magnificent as it sits on four acres at the end of a winding driveway just beyond a cobblestone courtyard. Measuring 18,298 square feet with five bedrooms and nine bathrooms, the massive home includes an array of amenities such as a sauna, seven fireplaces and a private gymnasium. Details include stunning limestone accents, reclaimed ceiling beams, antique doors, ceramic brick, bluestone and salvaged tile. To leave his signature mark on the home, the founder and CEO of Aftermath Entertainment and Beats Electronics even built an underground recording studio.
Designed as an energy efficient home with electricity supplied through solar panels and the grounds watered through a gray-water irrigation system, the limestone exterior of the home and its grounds are just as spectacular as the interior, both of which have been featured in Architectural Digest. While the numerous terraces and balconies, expansive gardens, waterfalls and ponds are remarkable, the infinity pool undoubtedly steals the show with its breathtaking views of the Pacific Ocean and its moat.
Having produced Straight Outta Compton in 2015 and then selling his Beats Electronics line to Apple for $3 billion, the 51-year-old Dre can afford to do whatever he wants, which is exactly what led him to sell his 10,000 square foot estate in Hollywood Hills months after signing the deal on the former Brady home. So, what exactly was he giving up in his Los Angeles abode?
Once living next door to Leonardo DiCaprio, Keanu Reeves and Jennifer Aniston, Dr. Dre purchased the massive estate in 2011 for $15.4 million. Featuring six bedrooms and nine bathrooms in addition to a wine cellar, library, media room and den, the legendary rapper fell in love with the home when he saw the infinity pool and the exquisite panoramic view of Los Angeles’ famed Sunset Strip. However, it wasn’t enough to lure him away from the Brady’s eco-friendly home. Just days after making the $3 billion deal with Apple, Dre splurged on the Brady property and, nine months later, earned a hefty profit when he accepted a $32.5 million offer on his luxurious Hollywood Hills home.
Obviously proving he knows a thing or two about business whether it’s music, electronics or real estate, Dr. Dre has built a recording empire and a life that most of us can only dream of. But, the best part, is that he continues to help aspiring singers and musicians make names for themselves even when no one else is brave enough to give them a chance. To us, that’s the true meaning of living the American dream and sharing your good fortune with those who deserve it. Bravo, Dr. Dre, bravo!