As you explore an empty swathe of Missouri woodland, something strangely creepy hoves into view through the trees. That’s an abandoned mansion! What’s it doing all the way out here? Its cavernous shell wouldn’t look out of place in a horror movie. Your imagination starts to run away with you: after all, while it might – weirdly enough – belong to rapper Nelly, there’s no telling what terrors might be inside. Are you brave enough to take a tour of this chilling property?
We know what you’re thinking – why would a celebrity buy a mansion that’s sitting in such splendid isolation in the middle of a forest? Think of how spine-tingling things must get when the sun goes down at the end of each day. There could be anything lurking below the giant trees outside. You’d never get any sleep!
But the eeriness doesn’t stop there. The mansion itself sits at the top of a hill, with miles of trees stretching across the horizon. It’s as remote as you can get. And coupled with the fact that it’s abandoned, this feels like the last place you’d want to end up if you got lost in the woods.
So whereabouts in Missouri can you find Nelly’s house? Well, it’s sitting in the city of Wildwood, which is roughly 30 miles outside St. Louis. Not the most famous of locales, right? Mind you, the rapper spent his younger years in the state, so that might explain why he chose to put down roots there.
Anyway, Nelly bought the mansion in 2002. It was still relatively new at that point, as its construction had only been completed some four years earlier. In terms of price, the building had a tag of nearly $2.5 million, yet it’s unknown if the musician actually coughed up that eye-watering sum.
Either way, that number is a far cry from the average house price in Missouri right now. Yes, according to the real estate company Zillow, the latter figure is just over $183,000. Pretty telling, wouldn’t you say? This mansion really is something. What happened to it, though? Why’s it been abandoned?
Well, Nelly had a clear idea in mind when he first bought the place. He wanted to renovate the mansion with one of his pals, who plies his trade as a building contractor. But the work didn’t get completed in the end. Due to that, the estate has been left alone for close to 20 years – and no, that’s not a typo.
Nelly’s certainly kept himself busy over those two decades – just not with the mansion! You see, the rapper dropped his sophomore album in 2002, coinciding with the purchase of the house. Nellyville proved to be a huge success, as it topped the Billboard 200 listings during its first week of release.
The record had its fair share of classic tracks, such as “Hot in Herre” and “Work It,” so Nelly quickly became one of the hottest stars in music. He followed that up with a trio of new albums over the next two years, with Suit and Sweat cementing his popularity. Few other artists could touch the rapper at that stage.
But Nelly’s music wasn’t the only thing keeping him away from the mansion in Missouri. For instance, he tried his hand at acting as well, appearing in the 2005 comedy The Longest Yard. Then, the versatile entertainer went on to feature in four episodes of CSI: NY from 2008 to 2009.
Nelly’s next big-screen acting gig didn’t crop up until 2014 when he eventually featured in Collection. As for his music, he dropped another three albums between 2008 and 2013. So as we suggested earlier, the rapper wasn’t just sitting around doing nothing over the 20 years! He had more than enough to keep himself occupied.
Plus, Nelly was also branching out into the world of reality television during that time too. Yes, he featured in 39 episodes of Real Husbands of Hollywood from 2013 until 2016. And he starred in his own program titled Nellyville as well, which lasted two seasons. That’s quite a run, right?
So what’s Nelly been up to recently? Other than blanking his mansion in the woods, that is! Well, he was one of the competitors during the 2020 season of Dancing with the Stars. The musician did an excellent job and went on to finish in third place, behind Nev Schulman and Kaitlyn Bristowe.
Meanwhile, Nelly’s set to star in an upcoming movie called Clear Lake, where he’ll be portraying the iconic musician Chuck Berry. He also dropped a brand-new single in March 2021 titled “Fully Loaded.” The rapper announced it via an Instagram post, which earned over 4,700 likes from his fans.
Exciting times, wouldn’t you agree? But as all this has been going on, Nelly did switch his focus back to the Missouri mansion in February 2021. Why? Simple really. After close to 20 years, the music star finally decided to cut his ties to the abandoned house and put it up for sale.
Now before we begin our tour of the place, you might be curious about the size of the property. In total, the estate covers a whopping 12 acres of land. And as for the mansion, it measures close to 10,800 square feet. To say it’s massive would be an understatement.
So without further ado, let’s kick off our mini-expedition around Nelly’s abandoned mansion. Don’t be afraid of the creepy surroundings – we’re all in this together! To start with, we’ll take a closer look at the front of the property. As you might be able to tell, the house has something of a Tuscan aesthetic.
The garage on the left-hand side is incredibly spacious, with enough room to fit three vehicles. As for the right side of the house, you’ll notice a balcony that overlooks the yard. It’s a nice feature, but something else continues to grab our attention. We’re referring to the sheer number of windows out front.
Yes, two giant sets flank the front door, while another section of glass sits above it. Plus, the balcony on the right backs on to three more panes, with the one in the middle doubling as a pair of doors. Window cleaners could make a fortune scrubbing this place down.
Anyway, let’s head inside the mansion now. As you walk through the front door, you step into a truly stunning hallway with marble-effect floor tiles. The walls sport several arches that are supported by stone pillars, stretching out across the ground floor. It’s incredible to think this place remained untouched for as long as it did.
But before we move on, take a look up. As you can see, there’s a small balcony on the second floor peering down at the hallway. That’s pretty cool. And just have a gander at that ceiling. It’s so high! You’d be in nosebleed territory if you climbed up there.
So let’s go a little deeper into the property. Once you stroll through the foyer, you enter a sprawling living space that’s sure to blow your mind. To the left, there appears to be a structure built around the pillars on the ground. Could this be an unfinished water feature from the renovations?
If you head past this, you’ll spot a sizable fireplace built into the wall on the right. Yet the most incredible feature here has to be the back windows. They’re absolutely huge, stretching up just below the ceiling. The view isn’t too bad either. From here, you can look over the surrounding woodland with ease.
Speaking of the ceiling, this one features wooden beams running through it as well. Overall, this space is quite the sight. But as we’re about to find out, not every room in the mansion looks as polished as this one. Want to see? Let’s head upstairs then. To get there, you need to climb a spiral staircase.
As you enter one of the bedrooms, the abandoned renovations quickly become apparent. Yes, there’s no carpet or tiling on the ground, with wooden boards lining the floor instead. Sure, there’s a fireplace in here, but that’s about the only thing that looks to be finished! This room has a great outlook, too.
When you head into the master suite, you’ll spot more mess on the ground. Yep, that’s an unfinished floor safe. Well, we hope it is, anyway. If not, it looks like it’s been ripped open! The surrounding walls also show plenty of scratches and scrapes, highlighting that work still needs to be done here.
The same can be said of the master suite’s walk-in cupboard. If you head inside, you’ll quickly notice that some cabinets have been assembled along the walls, boasting metal railings to hang the householder’s clothes. There’s a cool little window in this space as well, which adds a bit of natural light.
How about the bathrooms, though? Are they in better shape? Kind of. As you walk into one of the bigger suites, you’ll note that a large chunk of the work has been completed. The cabinets and bathtub are fitted, while the shower cubicle is almost done. The floor’s in place too, as are a set of mirrors in the corner.
Then again, in one of the other bathrooms, there’s bits of piping and debris sitting in a fitted bathtub. The taps don’t seem to have been installed either. It’s quite a contrast. Anyway, do you fancy a better look at the view outside? Follow us to a balcony on the second floor.
Beyond the black railings which enclose the space, you can get a tremendous view of the trees from here. And you can access part of the roof, as it slants down to the balcony on the right-hand side. Imagine chilling in this space on a warm summer’s evening. It’d be so awesome.
It’s time we headed back downstairs, though: there’s still plenty to see. Let’s start with the garage. As we mentioned earlier, it’s large enough to house three cars at once. Most of the space has been put together already, but as the surrounding boxes suggest, it’s still not 100 percent perfect.
Next to the garage doorway, you’ll walk into another hefty space. Yet unlike the main foyer, the floors aren’t finished here. There’s a small strip alongside the right-hand wall. On the other side, you’ll spot an opening to a corridor leading back into the mansion – specifically the kitchen and family area.
Yes, after taking a couple of turns, you walk into the unfinished kitchen. Now most of the cabinets appear to have been installed, with the marble island sitting in the middle of the room. There’s just one problem. None of the electrical outlets on the walls are fitted! That’ll be another little job for the sparky before someone moves in.
As you can see, there’s a doorway to the right that leads back to the unfinished water feature. The family room is on the left, with no walls or doors blocking it from the kitchen. It’s essentially a big open space. But this area is much further behind. For one thing, it doesn’t have a floor yet.
It does have a fireplace, though, and some ceiling fans overhead. There are wooden beams up there as well, mirroring the living space from earlier. You can see the continuity, even if the place isn’t finished. So what’s next on the tour? Well, we haven’t looked at the basement. Fancy a peek?
To get down there, you need to traverse another spiral staircase. At the bottom, you’ll enter a very large room that has its own bar nestled in the back corner. Further in, you’re sure to spot one more fireplace on the right wall, next to a row of windows. And as you wander around you begin to appreciate the sheer scale of this home.
You see, the basement also houses what appears to be a spare living space and a home theater. The latter looks particularly nice, with raised flooring backing into the wall. Were Nelly and the renovators aiming to replicate the seating set-up of a real cinema? The screen itself is already fitted.
Plus, if you head a little deeper into the basement, you’ll find a “display room” tucked away too. This spot has glass shelves dotted along each wall – they’re even above the doorways! Maybe Nelly was planning on moving in and knew he’d need a place to store his Grammy awards. Whatever its purpose, though, it’s a snug space.
On that note, let’s finish the tour by heading into the backyard. There’s a huge swimming pool out here, and a basketball court down the slope. This spot alone is bigger than some of our own houses. It’s quite something. With that, our expedition around Nelly’s mansion comes to a close.
Who wouldn’t want to live there? Nelly got a pretty good idea of the demand after he put the mansion on sale at the knockdown price of roughly $600,000. Unsurprisingly, an unnamed party jumped at the chance to nab it, bidding on the house a week later. We don’t blame them. Sure, the place still needs some work, but imagine what it’ll look like finished.