The Keeping Up with the Kardashians star opened the doors of her Hidden Hills home to Vogue
“I had to pass through layers of Pentagon-level security and hesitated at their forbidding front door, which looks like it might be lowered over a moat, before deciding to walk around the side and enter through the garage like a normal person,” Van Meter writes of the entrance to their massive abode.
In the garage, he says, there is a “security pod, manned 24 hours a day” along with a wall of shelves to hold boxes of Adidas Yeezy sneakers and another wall with black suitcases.
Following Kardashian’s infamous robbery in Paris in 2017, a source told PEOPLE that she and West, 41, made some lifestyle changes regarding their safety — one of which included getting round-the-clock security guards for her entire family.
“Security and privacy issues have changed not only for her but for the whole family,” a source close to the family told PEOPLE at the time. “They have security guards most of the time when they go out.”
Inside her house, Kardashian, 38, has a “staff kitchen” and a “show kitchen” (top), according to Van Meter. The staff kitchen, he says, is where she spends the most time with her husband and kids — daughters North, 5, and Chicago, 1, and son Saint, 3. (The pair are expecting their fourth child via surrogate in May.)
The show kitchen is more for entertaining, as it boasts a massive center island and a breakfast nook that can seat twenty.
Van Meter describes Kardashian’s bedroom as “the size of an airplane hangar” while the en suite bathroom (above) “offers a shower big enough for a basketball team.”
The streamlined space also includes a huge concrete soaking tub and an island with dual sinks. The all-glass walls are surrounded by dense vegetation for privacy.
“My husband sleeps crazy, sheets all over the place. I sleep perfectly. It’s my favorite thing to do: get in bed,” the reality star tells Vogue of her and West’s habits.
According to Van Meter, she also has multiple rooms in her closet, including one for just handbags and shoes, as well as dressing rooms, which she often posts on Instagram when she shares her fittings.
In a “73 Questions” video interview with Vogue, Kardashian gives a tour of the house and says that the vibe of the home was inspired by the Belgian interior designer Axel Vervoordt, and, of course, West.
“I would say [it’s] like a minimal monastery,” Kardashian says in the video, which shows off many of the mansion’s massive, sparsely decorated rooms.
Van Meter’s descriptions also confirm that the Kardashian-Wests’ home is strikingly bare, a conclusion many have drawn from a handful of pictures inside the home shared on social media — including a controversial set of images Kanye tweeted in April 2018.
“In a house that is nearly devoid of stuff, at long last we come upon something that sparks . . . not joy exactly: a pile of big, fat books—on tort law,” Van Meter writes. “Just when you think you’ve kinda sorta maybe figured out who this unusual creature is, think again: Kim Kardashian West is studying to become a lawyer.“
The family has seemingly become less strict about showing off their mansion to the world since West’s tweets.
Kardashian took over hosting duties from her mom Kris Jenner for their annual Christmas party lastyear, inviting famous guests inside the house and documenting it all. The decor, which included a forest of fine-art faux trees, a fairy light tunnel and a backyard tent disguised as a mountain likely cost upwards of $1.3 million, according to a celebrity event planner.
The couple purchased the house for a reported $20 million in 2014. They moved into it in December 2017 following an extensive renovation, during which they stayed with Jenner. The momager tweeted in April 2018 that the house is now worth $60 million.