Rihanna is the new owner of a 40th-floor Los Angeles penthouse in the celebrity-approved, paparazzi-proof, 42-story The Century condominium building. The penthouse was formerly owned by Matthew Perry who sold it in 2021 for $21.6 million. Rihanna paid $21 million for the four-bedroom, 9,290-square-foot condo. She has been a resident of The Century since 2014 in a much smaller unit; she will gain one more bedroom, three more bathrooms, and almost 6,000 additional square feet with her new, higher-floor pad.
Rihanna’s home features panoramic views over Los Angeles, including city, ocean and mountain views – visually stunning in daylight and sparkling with lights at night. It includes enormous rooms – a living room with two fireplaces and a huge master suite with multiple living spaces. Overall, there are four bedrooms and eight baths, a game room, and a home theater. The chef’s kitchen has island seating as well as a table for casual dining, and there is a separate dining room with glass walls highlighting the views. Four terraces are perfect for entertaining and dining.
Designed by Robert A. M. Stern Architects in 2010, The Century has been a celebrity hot spot with owners such as Candy Spelling, widow of filmmaker Aaron Spelling, who bought the top two floors; Paula Abdul and Elizabeth Berkley. Many more flocked to the building including Denzel Washington, a Saudi princess, and a Russian billionaire. The building has four acres of lush private gardens, a 75-foot-long swimming pool, a screening room, yoga and Pilates studios, and a wine-storage facility. Perry bought the entire 40th floor in 2017, brought in his team of architect Scott Joyce and interior designer LM Paganoe to do significant upgrades, and listed it in 2019 for $35 million. Perry advertised the condo as the ‘Mansion in the Sky’ and eventually reduced the price to $23 million before selling it in 2021 to Nick Molnar, the Aussie co-founder of Afterpay. Molnar listed the apartment in late 2022 for $28 million. The Perry and Molnar condo sales are two of the most expensive transactions in Los Angeles residential sales history.
Both Rihanna and Perry are part of Hollywood’s celebrity home buying clan. Rihanna has owned or rented at least a dozen homes, including two Beverly Hills homes that she is currently renting out. In addition to The Century condo, Perry has owned luxury homes in Pacific Palisades and a 5,500-square-foot Malibu Beach home he sold in 2021 for $13.1 million.
Best known for his role as Chandler Bing in the mega-hit sitcom Friends, where he made $1 million per episode, Perry has continued to act in television, film and on stage. His recent project was a two-part miniseries starring as Ted Kennedy in a Reelz production of The Kennedys: After Camelot. Rihanna has sold over 250 million records and was the star performer at the 2023 Super Bowl halftime show. She lives with fellow-singer A$AP Rocky and is pregnant with their second child.
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