Taylor Swift... Singer? or Real Estate Investor?
Taylor Swift got her start in the music industry at the tender age of 16, with the release of her eponymous country album in 2006. In the years since, the 12-time Grammy winner has transformed herself into a pop superstar and built her brand into a global powerhouse, selling more than two million tickets for her upcoming “Eras Tour” in a single day and announcing plans to direct an upcoming feature film. Along the way, she has become a savvy businesswoman who has often used her clout to shake up the music industry. Most recently, her decision to rerecord her older albums, ensuring that revenue from those streams go to her, caused a flurry of new standards from her label Universal Music Group NV to make sure other artists didn’t follow suit.
So it’s perhaps not surprising that, in the process of becoming a music-industry juggernaut, Ms. Swift has also amassed an empire in the real-estate world. Despite her relative youth, the 33-year-old has assembled a portfolio of homes worth at least $150 million. With a penchant for historic houses, Ms. Swift—using a variety of trusts and limited liability companies—has acquired significant properties in locations ranging from Nashville, Tenn., to Beverly Hills and Rhode Island. Since most of these properties were purchased years before the Covid-induced real-estate frenzy, their value has risen dramatically in the time they’ve been owned by the country-singer-turned-pop star. While Ms. Swift tends to hold her properties for the long term, she has also sold a few homes along the way, often for a substantial profit.
For several years, Ms. Swift has been dating the English actor Joe Alwyn, who grew up in north London, and the pair have been photographed in the area. (In her song “London Boy,” she mentions visiting London locales such as Camden Market and Highgate.)
Ms. Swift has rented in north London, including a house in Highgate at one point, according to London real-estate agent Trevor Abrahmsohn of Glentree International. She was also recently looking to purchase a house in the Hampstead area, according to a person with knowledge of her activities, but it is unknown whether she did.
Many expats prefer to rent rather than buy in England, Mr. Abrahmsohn said, because of stamp duties, or transaction taxes, which can be as much as 17 percent for international buyers.
Here’s a closer look at her homes around the U.S.