Kanye West has gone out West. The rapper, music producer, fashion designer, and entrepreneur known for his real estate holdings in Calabasas has also made some major land grabs in Wyoming.
Last year, the husband of the reality TV star Kim Kardashian West made headlines when he purchased Monster Lake Ranch, 11 miles outside of Cody, WY. Since renamed West Lake Ranch, the $14 million property of 9,000 acres includes a restaurant and saloon, an event space, office building, horse barns, and a shooting range.
West struck again a few months later and picked up another property in the town of Greybull, WY. The $14.5 million ranch, on 6,713 acres, includes heated helicopter pads and walk-in saunas, TMZ reported. A source told People that Kanye, 42, intends to use the space for his “Sunday Services.”
West has made no secret of his affection for Wyoming. He recorded part of his ninth studio album, “Jesus Is King,” in Cody. He’s purchased an additional 11 acres of commercial property within the town. And the New York Times reported he’s looking to produce his Yeezy fashion line there, even moving some of his team to the Cowboy State. The man known as Yeezus also apparently started to build an amphitheater in Wyoming, but the construction had to pause for lack of proper permits.
West is in fine company when it comes to his choice of Wyoming. Charlie Powers, listing agent for Powers Land Brokerage, notes that the town of Cody has long attracted “a lot of net worth up here.” Bill and Melinda Gates have a ranch nearby, as does Ron Simek, co-founder of Tombstone Pizza.
But the area has long been known for roping steers rather than recording.
“Ranching and farming is a lifestyle choice,” Powers says. “They choose it. People in ranches, they like the beauty and they like the outdoors. And they like the lifestyle that it affords them.”
He noted that the area has a mix of both working cattle ranches and recreational ranches, where the only work required is to “just look out your window and enjoy the view.”
The Times added a healthy dose of skepticism in reporting that the mercurial star would be putting down roots in the state.
“It can be hard, with Kanye West, to separate concrete plans from jokes, fancies, or outlandish aspirations,” it commented. “For now, the people of Cody have to wait and see what develops.”
Should the multihyphenate mogul want to put down more roots in Wyoming, we’ve spotted seven options for additional plots he can add to his Western empire.
So slip on your cowboy boots, press play on “My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy,” and have a look at what West could buy…
Price: $6.9 million
Cool ranch details: With 833 acres, Bull Creek Ranch “captivates the Western soul.” There are views of the Absaroka Range and Carter Mountain, and the ranch includes a haymaking operation. Along with “nice homes,” the grounds include incredible infrastructure, hay barns, equipment shops, and irrigation, plus proximity to millions of acres of public wilderness.
Price: $5.2 million
Cool ranch details: Located a mile west of Dubois and 80 miles from downtown Jackson Hole, the Warm River Ranch sits on 1,559 acres. There’s a five-bedroom home with private Wind River frontage, direct access to the national forest, and a cow/calf operation.
Price: $5.5 million
Cool ranch details: The 950-acre working cattle ranch features two log homes, a guesthouse, horse barn, utility buildings, indoor arena, ponds, views, and wildlife.
Cool ranch details: A river runs through it. The legacy Wyoming ranch has been owned by a Texas family as a retreat and wildlife sanctuary for over 40 years. With over 20,000 acres, the land includes 11 miles on both sides of the Laramie River and features world-class fishing and hunting. Known locally as the “elk sanctuary,” it’s rarely been hunted. Elk, pronghorn antelope, white-tailed and mule deer, bears, and mountain lions inhabit the land. Trout and walleye can be caught in fishing pools on the enormous spread.
Cool ranch details: With nearly 300 acres of Wyoming landscape and proximity to Jackson Hole, the ranch has a 6,000-square-foot residence with six bedrooms. Walls of glass provide incredible views from every room. The property also includes a day lodge with commercial kitchen, haybarn, and 120 acres of fenced pasture.
Cool ranch details: This place is worthy of a magazine spread. Recently featured in Elle Decor, Shaw Ranch has it all. Spread over 230 acres at the foot of Wind River Range, the hobby ranch includes a riding arena, three ponds, a heated barn and hayloft, and one exquisite log home. The 8,639-square-foot main residence includes cherrywood floors and cabinets, two wet bars, a home theater, and walls of windows.
Price: $2.8 million
Cool ranch details: Welcome to the Double Rainbow Ranch. The recreational paradise on 360 acres features a log home, manager’s home, a trout-filled lake, and access to thousands of acres of public forest. Custom-built in 2001, the Alpine log home has a vaulted two-story living room with a large river rock fireplace and offers privacy along with breathtaking views of wildlife.