As these exclusive DailyMail.com photos show, shortly after closing on the three-bedroom, three-bath, 2,380 square foot property in March, the 37-year-old activist got right to work with some home improvements.
Last month workers were spotted in the early morning hours trenching mounds of dirt in front of and around the property in preparation for a formidable barrier to wrap around the home.
A neighbor who spoke to DailyMail.com revealed a sub-contractor told him they were erecting a wooden fence to surround the entire property and that the exterior improvements were in the ‘$35,000 range.’
Before and after: BLM co-founder Patrisse Cullors has been busy upgrading her newly-purchased home located in the ritzy Los Angeles neighborhood of Topanga Canyon. The house is pictured left in April shortly after she closed on the property. On Tuesday, DailyMail.com photos showed a brand new fence surrounding the house and a gate (right) installed at the driveway
A neighbor who spoke to a subcontractor revealed Cullors was adding an electronic gate at the driveway portion, a walk up door, a call box and other safety measures such as cameras
The source told DailyMail.com the cost of the exterior home improvements were in the ‘$35,000 range.’ The project appeared to be near completion earlier this week
Cullors, 37 – a self-proclaimed ‘trained Marxist’ – stepped down as executive director of the Black Lives Matter organization after it was revealed she has amassed a property portfolio worth over $3million
‘It will have an electronic gate at the driveway portion, a walk up door, and call box, and other safety measures, cameras – you know, to keep the riff raff out,’ he said.
On Tuesday, photos of the property reveal the fencing and gate project was near completion.
The new – and pricey – installation comes amid backlash over Cullors’ multimillion dollar housing portfolio.
Cullors stepped down as executive director of the Black Lives Matter organization on May 27, weeks after it was revealed she had amassed quite an impressive range of property investments, despite describing herself as a ‘trained Marxist.’
News reports revealed Cullors owns four residential properties in upscale – and predominantly white – California and Georgia neighborhoods with a total value of more than $3million.
DailyMail.com can also reveal that Cullors paid for the $1.4million Topanga Canyon home in cash.
‘There is no mortgage holder on the property,’ a local realtor who checked the title documents confirmed.
The home was purchased by the entity name ‘Abolitionist Entertainment, LLC,’ the realtor said.
Exclusive DailyMail.com photos show Cullors had been busy installing a formidable barrier that wraps around the home after closing on the three-bedroom, three-bath, 2,380 square foot property on March 30
In May, workers were spotted in the early morning hours trenching mounds of dirt in front of and around the property in preparation for the new fence
The new – and pricey – installation comes amid backlash over Cullors’s multimillion dollar housing portfolio
It was registered by the State of California on August 3, 2020, with online records showing Patrisse Cullors listed as a ‘member.’
News of her real estate portfolio have led critics to question if it was purchased with money the prominent activist earned from the nonprofit.
Cullors described reports of her properties as ‘right-wing bullying’ and claimed the homes were purchased with the financial windfall she received from her speaking and book deals and not from the $90million donations raised by BLM in 2020.
The social activist is due to release a second book titled, An Abolitionist’s Handbook: 12 Steps To Change Yourself And The World, published by St Martins Press in October.
In an email to ESSENCE magazine about the book, Cullors claimed ‘Abolition is people over profit.’
Cullors (pictured in 2019) referenced stories about her four homes when resigning, saying reporting of the properties was a ‘tactic of terror’ and an example of ‘right-wing bullying’
DailyMail.com can reveal Cullors bought the $1.4million with cash, and there is no mortgage holder on the property. It was purchased by an entity called ‘Abolitionist Entertainment, LLC’ of which Cullors is listed as a ‘member’ according to online records
Cullors faced fierce backlash over her personal spending – including the recent purchase of a $1.4 million home in a ritzy LA neighborhood (pictured)
‘People over punishment. People over poverty. It’s having access to healthy food, free public education, housing, green space and water,’ she continued.
‘It is imagining what our communities without prisons and police would be like, and what we can do to promote and help develop this change.
‘An Abolitionist’s Handbook’ lays the framework for how we can turn these ideas into action.’
Cullors established Black Lives Matter with co-founders Alicia Garza and Opal Tometi in 2013.
In 2015 she told a crowd that had gathered to hear her at an event that she and her fellow organizers are ‘trained Marxists’ in ideology.
‘We are super-versed on, sort of, ideological theories. And I think what we really tried to do is build a movement that could be utilized by many black folk,’ she said.
She claims to follow the beliefs of German philosopher Karl Marx who was known for wanting to topple capitalism and replace it with a socialist system.
BLM founders (from left) Alicia Garza, Patrisse Cullors and Opal Tometi are pictured on the red carpet at the Glamour Women of the Year Awards in Hollywood back in 2016
However, the concept of private property was among the many elements of capitalism criticized by Marx, believing it contributed to an ‘oppressive class structure.’
Last summer, as anger and chaos erupted over racial injustice and police brutality, BLM protesters and rioters took to the streets in numerous cities across the country, destroying businesses, homes, and personal property of thousands of US citizens.
This pricey new wall and security gate at Patrisse Cullors’ Topanga Canyon compound will help ensure her safely and protect her personal property from trespassers.
‘TRAINED MARXIST’ PATRISSE CULLORS’ $3M PROPERTY PORTFOLIO
In April, Cullors raised eyebrows when it emerged that she had spent $1.4 million on a Los Angeles property – her fourth home, and her third in the city – in an overwhelmingly white neighborhood.
The plush property, located in Topanga Canyon, comes complete with a separate guest house and an expansive back yard.
Cullors and her husband also purchased a ‘custom ranch’ on 3.2 acres in Conyers, Georgia last year for $415,000.
The residence boasts its own pool and airplane hangar.
LOS ANGELES, CALIFORNIA: Cullors raised eyebrows when it emerged that she had spent $1.4 million on this residence in ritzy Topanga Canyon
CONYERS, GEORGIA: Cullors and her husband also purchased a ‘custom ranch’ on 3.2 acres last year
Additionally, property records show Cullors has bought two other Los Angeles homes in recent years.
In 2016, she is said to have paid $510,000 for a three-bedroom home in Inglewood.
In 2018, Cullors added another home to her property portfolio, by laying down $590,000 for a four-bedroom home in South L.A., the Post says.
The New York Post reported that Cullors was also ‘eyeing property at the ultra-exclusive Albany resort outside Nassau in the Bahamas where Justin Timberlake and Tiger Woods have homes.’ The publication didn’t cite sources for its information.
LOS ANGELES, CALIFORNIA: According to property records, Cullors also owns this LA home
LOS ANGELES, CALIFORNIA: Cullors also owns a third LA property