“Sipping whiskey out the bottle, not thinking ‘bout tomorrow, singing Sweet home Alabama all summer long…” Born on an orchard and horse farm in Romeo, Michigan, Robert James Ritchie was bored with small town life so he taught himself how to breakdance before getting his start as a DJ where he soon became known as “Kid Rock.” He then signed his first record deal at the age of 17 and went on tour with several major rappers like Ice Cube and Mac Dre before truly finding fame as one of the biggest rappers in Detroit with the release of his debut album Grits Sandwiches for Breakfast. Following up with hits like “Bawitdaba,” “Cowboy,” “Only God Knows Why” and “All Summer Long” over the last two decades, the five-time Grammy Award nominee has sold over 35 million records worldwide while making headlines for his wealth and bad boy persona.
Now worth an impressive $80 million as a singer, songwriter, rapper and actor, Kid Rock may not always look the part of a millionaire thanks to his hillbilly-rock style, but he certainly lives that way. In October 2006, the rocker forked over $11.6 million on an 8,305 square foot estate in Malibu that includes five bedrooms and five bathrooms as well as a guest house.
“I wanted a place that was comfortable and fun, where I could kick back, write music and hang out with friends,” Kid Rock told the LA Times Magazine. “But it also had to be a house that was well-built—something with quality.”
Finding exactly that with his Malibu home, the interior features a spacious open floor plan with carved wooden doors and intricately adorned columns, a black and white tiled entry and a living room that doubles as a cozy screening room complete with plenty of seating, a large movie screen and a fireplace. The chef-style kitchen has plenty of sleek features including a vaulted wood ceiling and hardwood floors, a bi-level island with additional seating, stainless steel and hardwood fixtures, a fireplace and an open design that seamlessly moves into the dining room where three French doors open onto a gorgeous patio.
With every room marked by floor-to-ceiling windows that give the house an airy and open feel, the dark wood detailing and Balinese inspired sculptures add an earthy aesthetic to the home’s overall vibe, something that Kid Rock attributes to designer Martyn Lawrence Bullard. And, while the house has certainly shocked many of the famed Detroit rocker’s fans, it’s actually a reflection of his own taste. Don’t believe us? Take a look at what Bullard had to say!
“Yes, he’s a crazy, mad rock star, but he’s also very mellow, and he loves to entertain in style,” Bullard said of his famous boss. “His taste is surprisingly sophisticated. We weren’t going with red velvet sofas and Gothic chandeliers.”
Undeniably a beautiful Malibu escape, Kid Rock’s master suite is the perfect getaway and is fully equipped with a private veranda, walk-in closets, a third fireplace and a soaking tub with three large windows and intricate wood paneling. Each of the four guest bedrooms feature their own private, full bathrooms with the entire estate rounded out with a second living room and fourth fireplace, an exercise room and an office.
Moving outside, the exterior of the home is just what you might expect with pristine tropical landscaping, a covered terrace, two shaded verandas and a sunken swimming pool with a private lounge area and an outdoor shower. Connected by breezy walkways, the home combines the best of indoor and outdoor living that is ideal for enjoying Southern California’s incredible weather. However, not even Kid Rock could put down roots in just one location.
In addition to his Malibu home, the rocker owns three other homes that include a townhouse in a gated community in downtown Nashville, a contemporary oceanfront home in Florida and a historic home on the Detroit waterfront. Talk about earning his frequent flyer miles—then again, he probably has his own private jet, you never know!
Starting with his hometown roots, Kid Rock purchased his Detroit home in the Berry Subdivision Historic District in 2012 and immediately sought approval from the Historic Committee to make small changes to the exterior while promising to maintain the integrity of the 6,000 square foot estate. Among the updates were the addition of an attached garage, boathouse and landscaping to enhance the home’s already large white columns. The interior, which features five bedrooms and six baths, has an open foyer, a three-story staircase, hardwood floors and a completely finished basement.
Moving to Music City, Kid Rock knew convenience was everything when it came to his Nashville home especially after collaborating with musicians like Gretchen Wilson and Sheryl Crow. That’s exactly what led the rocker to purchase a 2,814 square foot town home in the city’s West End neighborhood for $800,000 in 2005. Complete with three fireplaces, a two-car garage, marble accents and an elevator, Kid Rock spends so much time at the estate that he even expanded his Tennessee holdings in 2015 by purchasing 102 acres in White Creek for an additional $800,000 with the hopes of using the space as a “backyard” whenever he’s in the area.
Kid Rock’s Florida home has been deemed a “fixer upper” by many after he purchased the beachfront property on 11 Ocean Drive in Jupiter Inlet Colony for $3.2 million in 2012. Now worth approximately $4.5 million after Ritchie spent $30,000 on a series of improvements, the house is slowly coming together with a new pool deck and enclosure, modern shutters in the back, new window columns and new stucco detail. However, the fake flowers hanging from the windows and the American flag painted on the garage door aren’t exactly what his neighbors had in mind.
Other than his obvious side career as a real estate mogul, Kid Rock is foremost a musician who is still going strong with his country album—First Kiss—released in 2015. With barely any free time to spend at his homes, he still manages to hit the road each year on his signature Chillin’ the Most cruise with supporting acts like Uncle Kracker, Sugar Ray and Shooter Jennings where he undoubtedly lives up to his party-hard and patriotic rocker lifestyle.