By Emily Heffter
Rapper and music producer Akon is marketing his ethereal Los Angeles-area home by the nickname "Heaven" after a top-to-bottom refresh. And then he wrote a listing description that reads like R&B liner notes: "Lifted. Inspired. Alive. Music, the muse, beckons. The sound. The soul. The studio. This is Heaven."
The five-time Grammy winner, whose main residence is in Atlanta, bought the home at 5421 Lubao Ave., Woodland Hills, California, last September, when it was gray and a little outdated. He made everything bright white, including the interior and exterior walls, the furniture, the patio, the pool, the floors, the railings and accessories. (See the before and after in the slideshow below.)
The 4,098-square-foot home in Woodland Hills has three fireplaces and a beach-entry pool, five bedrooms, 5.5 baths and a recording studio. It also has a pay phone mounted on a bright blue wall -- the one piece of decor Akon chose to keep after his purchase.
Akon bought it last September for $1.95 million. He's selling the house for $3.5 million, or $4 million with the recording studio equipment and all the (white) furniture.