Lenny Kravitz fell so in love with a former coffee plantation near Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, he bought the property.
The “Hunger Games” actor and “American Woman” singer talks about the one-of-a-kind property in a new interview with Architectural Digest for the publication’s May 2019 issue. Kravitz, 54, was 24 hours from departing Brazil when a friend asked him to come and visit the old coffee plantation.
“Everyone was ready to go home but something told me, ‘Have an adventure,’” he says. “So we got there at night, and the next morning I awoke in the most spectacularly lush, beautiful landscape you can imagine. We were nestled in a valley, surrounded by mountains, with waterfalls, cows, horses, monkeys, fruit groves, and vegetable fields—the whole panoply of nature.”
Kravitz made the impromptu decision to stay for six months. “It was extraordinary. I just dropped out of life, learned to ride horses from the cowboys, learned about farming, and reconnected with nature,” he continues. “I’d never felt more calm, peaceful, and closer to God. It was a magical time. I thought, I’m done with the hustle and the bustle. I’m going to be a farmer.”
Eventually, Kravitz did return to the entertainment industry but the land had left a lasting impression on him. Two years later, Kravitz purchased the nearly 1,000-acre property in an effort to create “a place to unplug, reset your life, and take the time to be quiet and actually hear yourself.”
He started renovating his dream home with guest houses, a pool house, gym, and recording studio. “The process was very improvisational, like making music,” he says. “You have to play what you feel.”