By Claudine Zap
The tattoo artist Kat Von D continues to ink real estate deals.
The reality television star recently moved into a home in Los Angeles’ Hancock Park neighborhood and listed her Spanish-style villa in the Hollywood Hills this summer. However, she also has her eye on homes farther afield.
She went on to purchase a historic mansion in Vevay, IN. So what’s going on?
She announced the buy on Instagram, with a photo showing a “Sold” sign in front of the property, posting: “It’s official! Vevay, Indiana here we come!”
After fans questioned whether she was leaving L.A. for good, Von D clarified her dalliance with the Hoosier State.
“Definitely not ever selling our beautiful home in LA,” Von D posted.
She didn’t pass up the opportunity to snipe at her home state, adding, “But with all that has been taking place in California with terrible policies, tyrannical government overreach, ridiculous taxing, amongst so much more corruption, we just felt the need to plant roots in a small town where there is nature, where my son can be free to play, and where we can eventually retire one day.”
Despite her gripes, she’s not leaving the Golden State behind, although she appears open to spending way more time in Indiana.
She teased the move with a post in November, posting, “I wonder if Vevay, Indiana would mind if I opened up a little tattoo shop up here…”
While we don’t know what prompted the artist to check out Indiana, we can see the appeal of the property she purchased.
The four-story, 35-room home came on the market in March for $1,874,000. It’s unclear what Von D paid to get the keys, but the home is currently off market.
Most recently a bed and breakfast, the home was built in 1874 and sits on 10.6 acres. It was designed by the Cincinnati architect George P. Humphries for Benjamin Franklin Schenck, the son of a wealthy “hay king” of the era.
The four-story residence was “the marvel of its time,” according to a website about the home’s history. Known as the Schenck Mansion, it’s listed on the National Register of Historic Places.
The restoration of its 12,000-square-foot interior, completed from 1998 through 2000, was voted Indiana’s best save in 2001, according to the listing description.
Details include a four-story tower, seven bedrooms, six full bathrooms, plus two half-bathrooms. The grounds boast a large patio, gazebo, fountains, waterfalls, and even a small vineyard.
Best of all for an out-of-state buyer? The home was offered fully furnished, with antiques, silverware, and even dishes.
Von D loves a Goth look, and she has now redone two homes. Her Hancock Park home, which she purchased in 2016, has some wild choices, for example, her blood-red bathroom.
Perhaps this is another project? Or maybe she’ll keep it as a bed-and-breakfast for aficionados of body modification.
Whatever she decides, she’ll keep her fans updated on social media.
As she ponders her next steps in Indiana, her Hollywood Hills home is still on the market. She initially listed the 1920s Spanish-style villa for $3.4 million in August, but it has since come down in price to $2.85 million.
Von D is best known for her TLC reality series, “LA Ink,” which followed her work at her tattoo shop, High Voltage Tattoo, in Hollywood. She also launched a vegan beauty brand, Kat Von D Beauty, which she sold in 2020.
Stacey Craig with Lohmiller Real Estate had the listing for the Vevay home.