Today Rolling Stone released a much-chattered-about profile of Drake (at LACMA he reveals to the writer that he "fuck[s] with [James] Turrell") called "High Times at the YOLO Estate." The YOLO Estate is Drake's absurdly cheeseball mash-up party property in Hidden Hills, which he bought for $7.7 million from Saddle Ranch owner Larry Pollack in mid-2012. But he'd apparently had his eye on it for years: "I was like, 'What are the world's craziest residential pools?' and when I searched online, this came up ... This house was the desktop image on my computer years before I bought it." It hit the market in 2009 asking $27 million, but by 2012 Pollack "needed money" and, in his own words, Drake "stole it from him."
Drake is in fact "obsessed" with gigantic pools and is building an Olympic-sized one, along with a new mansion, in his native Toronto: "One of my goals in life is to have the biggest residential pool on the planet." But meanwhile he's settling for this still-pretty-bananas one in Hidden Hills, at what he seriously does call the YOLO Estate: "Originally, I had a sign outside that said the yolo estate … but it got stolen three times, and it was getting a bit costly to replace it, so I just changed it to the street number. I love that some kid has that sign in his bedroom." (That kid is almost definitely Justin Bieber.)
Drake seems to have made some changes since buying the house—there weren't any "very big statues of voluptuous women, on their knees, in bikinis" in the pool in the 2012 listing photos shown here—but he's left the grotto and its iron torches, the standalone movie theater (RS says it has 25 seats; listing copy said 28), a tennis/basketball court, stables, a mechanical bull, a bookshelf that "swings open to reveal his bedroom," and a recording studio where he did some work on his last album. Gawk away:
· Drake: High Times at the YOLO Estate [Rolling Stone]
· Drake Buys Saddle Ranch Owner's Crazy Hidden Hills Grotto [Curbed LA]