I have a busy weekend but I’m trying to squeeze in some maps. Let’s get right to it!
I found Map 93 on another blog called Blue Carpet Collective. It shows just how large Australia is. This postcard shows how many other countries can fit inside the boundaries of this one country.
It’s our planet’s sixth largest country at 2,969,907 square miles. It is mostly desert but the coasts are more tropical and green. It’s really big AND I’d really love to visit one day (sooner rather than later). Sydney is definitely in the top five of my destination list right now. If you’re a wealthy investor and looking for an awesome blog post on Australian travel, I’m your man and I’m completely available. My boss will probably let me take a month off, right?
Map 94 contains some of the properties of Prince. Prince Rogers Nelson, known primarily as just Prince, died on April 21st leaving behind a massive estate. There is a lot of speculation surrounding both his death (possible overdose on prescription pain killers) and a reported lack of will but one thing is definite, the late singer owned millions of dollars of property. It has been reported that Prince owned 16 properties in Carver County (one county West of Minneapolis’ Hennepin County) alone. Well, I did a little investigating online and mapped the nine I found. Technically, some of the nine are owned by corporations and organizations tied to Prince. I’m not sure if they were directly owned by Prince or if they count towards the 16 he supposedly owned but I’m including them anyway.
The recording studio made famous by the singer, Paisley Park Records, is the main hub of all these properties (noted by the Prince symbol). That 9 acre piece of land is technically owned by PRN Music Corporation. Two large parcels across the street are owned by Prince’s charity, Love 4 One Another Charities. It’s unrelated to his properties, but since his death, numerous people have come forward sharing many of Prince’s charitable acts that he kept fairly quiet due to his faith (he was a Jehovah’s Witness). It sounds like he shared millions from his massive fortune with a large variety of foundations and good causes around the country. That’s pretty cool!
The man also owned numerous properties in his own name, something very strange to see in the public records where I obtained my information. The largest and most expensive property, where Prince’s main house is located, is 7801 Audubon Road in Chanhassen, Minnesota. It’s a massive 149 acres and worth an estimated 14 million dollars alone. Beyond the size, it’s also situated along/between two small lakes and contains a beautiful forest and pristine grassy grounds. And if 149 acres isn’t enough for you (it wasn’t for him), there are four attached properties adding an additional 39.58 acres. Three of them were owned by Prince with the fourth belonging to Paisley Park Enterprises, presumably another business tied to him. He was a very private person and owning all these properties around his house and his recording studio helped him maintain his privacy.
Bremer Bank has been brought in to administer Mr. Nelson’s estate after his death without a known will. He has one living sister and two ex-wives but it remains to be seen how the many land holdings will be distributed and/or preserved. I personally hope his recording facility, Paisley Park, gets turned into Prince’s version of Graceland. A purple paradise dedicated to his music and life. It could contain a museum and continue to operate as a music recording facility so his legacy can live on (not that there’s any doubt his legacy will live on, of course). If the rumors of his hundreds of unreleased songs and videos are true, we hopefully haven’t heard the last of Prince Rogers Nelson. Minnesota and the World mourn his loss. Rest in peace musical genius.
Bonus Map Link: Rich People Live Longer