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From Nashville to Singapore, Mapping Taylor Swift's Life Story

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Today is Taylor Swift Day across the Curbediverse as we celebrate the reigning queen of pop and her adventures in real estate and beyond. Why? Because 13 is her lucky number, and we heart her like a Valentine. Long live.

Taylor Swift unequivocally owns pop culture right now. And for people as important to the American zeitgeist as she is (like Nic Cage, for example), it's important to know from whence they came. What homes has T-Swizzle bought and sold, where she cried and took Instagrams of her cats and wrote break-up anthems and baked chocolate chip cookies? What other locales have been privy to significant moments, like her first Grammy, and when Kanye interrupted her VMAs acceptance speech? In what castles (yes, plural) has she shot music videos? Swifties, the wait is over. This handy map lays out 38 of the most essential places in her life, in roughly chronological order. Indulge.


· The Taylor Swift Ex-Boyfriend Guide to Real Estate [Curbed LA]
· Liveblogging Two Hours With Two Taylor Swift Wax Figures [Curbed DC]
· Taylor Swift's NYC Apartment Probably Looks Like This [Curbed NY]
· Why Didn't Taylor Swift Write Cape Cod a Breakup Song? [Curbed Cape Cod]
· Watch Taylor Swift's Keds Ad Shot at Montauk's Surf Lodge [Curbed Hamptons]
· All Taylor Swift coverage [Curbed National]

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Christmas Tree Farm

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. And then: "I was too young to help with the hauling of the trees up the hills and putting them onto cars. So, it was my job to pull off the preying mantis pods off of the Christmas trees." [Photo credit: some other Christmas tree farm near where Tay Grew up .]

Her Childhood Home

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"Taylor played her guitar here." Or so the brokerbabble exulted when the six-bedroom, five-bath house where she grew up in Reading, Penn. hit the market in August of 2013, asking $800,000. Its current owners apparently had no idea Tay had lived there as a young'un in the 90s when they bought it for $480K in 2007. It sold in September of 2013 for $700,000. More photos!]

The Wyndcroft School

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Taylor went to elementary school here, before she and her family moved nearby to Wyomissing, Penn. She has said some teachers there inspired her, and there are a grand total of 56 likes on a Facebook page called "Taylor Swift Went To My School, The Wyndcroft School."

Berks Youth Theatre Academy

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This community center was where Taylor took on her earliest roles—like playing female lead Kim McAfee in the musical Bye Bye Birdie. She was in other shows there, too, a;; while trying to break into the music business as a tween. [Photo: Taylor Swift, at left, in a Berks rehearsal at age 11, via the Reading Eagle.]

Bloomsburg Fair

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Having appeared at "local festivals, fairs, coffeehouses, karaoke contests, garden clubs, Boy Scout meetings and sporting events," Taylor Swift staged one of her first "major" performances at the Bloomsburg Fair, a fall tradition in the area since 1855. It was 2001, and she wasn't yet 12 years old. Here's the video.

Hendersonville High School

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After moving with her parents and brother to Nashville at age 14 so that she could pursue a career in music, Tay went to HHS for freshman and sophomore years. She later gifted the school $75,000 to update the sound and lighting systems in the auditorium.

Bitter End

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Fast forward to 2004. Tay is 14, and has moved to Nashville already. But she gets a break in New York. The all-knowing Wikipedia says: "After performing at a BMI Songwriter's Circle showcase at The Bitter End … Swift became the youngest songwriter ever hired by the Sony/ATV Tree publishing house."

Bluebird Cafe

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The following year, this happened. "At an industry showcase at Nashville's Bluebird Cafe in 2005, Swift caught the attention of Scott Borchetta, a DreamWorks Records executive who was preparing to form his own independent record label, Big Machine Records." (Thanks, Wiki.)

Staples Center

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Given her many, many homes, T-Swizzle has room on multiple mantles for her seven Grammys. She accepted them (and performed, and presented) in the years since her first in nomination in 2008 at the Staples Center in LA, where the annual awards show is held.

Castle Gwynn

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This castle outside of Nashville, where the state's annual Renaissance Festival is held (naturally), was where Tay filmed the fairy tale-esque video for "Love Story." It's "a startling replica of a 12th-century Welsh border castle and the private home of Nashville-native Mike Freeman, a portrait photographer, and his wife, Jackie, a retired schoolteacher."

Cumberland University

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Other parts of the "Love Story" music video were filmed at this school. Wonder if, after the popular video's May 2008 release, they now tell students they admit to (baby) just say yes.

Sommet Center

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The Sommet Center in Nashville, which is now called the Bridgestone Arena, is where Taylor filmed the performance part of the fiery music video for the song "Picture to Burn," off her self-titled first album. Wiki explains: "Swift was at first nervous about the shoot, as it was her first experience with pyrotechnics. 'There are some things I'm nervous about. My hair could very well catch on fire,' she said. She was later assured of its safety and explained to about the discrepancy in the distance of the fire in reality than on camera: on camera, it appears to be quite close to her, whereas, in actuality, it was placed far behind her." Fire safety for the win.

Roberts Stadium

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T-Swizzle kicked off her first world tour ever in April of 2009 in a rather random location: Evansville, Indiana. For the occasion, "Swift was presented the key to the city of Evansville and the City Council President declared Wednesday, April 23, 2009 Taylor Swift Day." The venue? Roberts Stadium, which has since been demolished.

Saturday Night Live

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In 2009, Swift both hosted and performed on an episode of Saturday Night Live. That's not the last time she was ribbed on the show. Most recently, Swiftamine, the drug to help vertiginous, in-denial new fans come to terms with their new T-Swizzle addiction.

Radio City Music Hall

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"...Imma let you finish, but Beyonce had one of the best videos of all time..." And so went Kanye West's infamous interruption of Taylor Swift's acceptance speech for best female video at the 2009 MTV Video Music Awards, held at Radio City. It's a classic.

The Adelicia

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In 2009, Taylor Swift plunked down $1.99M for a four-bedroom penthouse at fancy-schmancy Nashville condo complex called The Adelicia. In it, you'll find a wide variety of interior decorating, um, choices, including "a topiary rabbit, as tall as an NBA shooting guard, wearing a marching-band hat."

University High School

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The 2010 film Valentine's Day marked Taylor's big-screen debut. Amid many other vignettes, she played opposite one-time beau with the same name Taylor Lautner as a couple that was waiting to have sex. Their scenes were shot at LA's University High School.

Christ Church

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The time-traveling music video for "Mine" was shot in Kennebunkport, Maine. "[S]everal scenes took place in Ram Island Farm, Cape Elizabeth, and Christ Church on Dane Street. Christ Church served as the venue for the wedding scene," says the omniscient Wiki. In August of 2010, "Swift returned to Kennebunkport, Maine to share the premiere with local residents, which attracted approximately 800 people, including former President George H. W. Bush, who brought his grandchildren to see Swift."

Whitland Home

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Taylor Swift's myriad Nashville real estate dealings can get a little slippery, but here's a summary of this brick house in the historic neighborhood of Whitland, In 2011, when it was listed for sale, reports surfaced that Swift was actually the owner of the 1925-built four-bedroom. An anonymous trust had paid $1.4 million for it back in September of 2010. General consensus was that it was for her parents.

Orpheum Theatre

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The old-timey music video for "Mean," one of the singles of of Taylor's second album Speak Now, was mostly shot here.

Central Library, Vanderbilt University

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The music video for "The Story of Us," released in May of 2011, was shot inside Vanderbilt's handsome Central Library. The whole thing has a literary bent. Next chapter!

Beverly Hills Home

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In 2011, reports surfaced that T-Swift shelled out $3.55 million for a three-bedroom in the Franklin Canyon area of the Beverly Hills Post Office neighborhood. Curbed LA said the house teems with Swifitian saccharine. They're probably right.

Tanglewood

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In July of 2012, Taylor Swift performed with James Taylor at the iconic venue Tanglewood. She counts the singer as one of her earliest influences. Duetting for "Fire and Rain", "Love Story," and "Ours," the Taylors were, of course, adorable.

Northumberland Estate

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In a lavish gated community near Nashville first made famous by Nicole Kidman and Keith Urban, Taylor Swift bought a beautiful estate with four bedrooms, a guesthouse, a pool, and tons of historic details." The 2011 purchase cost the country-pop princess $2.5 million.

High Watch

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After flirting with other waterfront residences, Taylor eventually dropped $17.75 million in cash on a palatial Rhode Island estate in the town of Watch Hill. Called High Watch because of its elevation above the beach, its ownership hasn't come without its struggles. Namely, allegations that she is just effing up the coastline by blocking access to a public beach with a stone wall that apparently already existed before she got there.

Kennedy Compound

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So when Taylor was dating Conor Kennedy in 2012, she bought the house next door to his family compound for $4.9 million. Then they broke up. And then she sold it for a little profit. And now Cape Cod wants to know why it didn't get a break-up song like everyone else. Conor got "Starlight."

The moody, lovely, slow anthem "Begin Again" has a music video set in Paris, and features Taylor ambling down a cobblestoned street on the Ile de la Cite.

Westboro Baptist Church

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This is a sad map point. A map point that show not all of America is wooed by Swift's moves. But it actually just shows that some of our fellow citizens are just off their rocker. The notoriously intolerant, bigoted, and homophobic Westboro Baptist Church protested during Swift's Red Tour in 2013, calling her "the whorish face of doomed America." Yeah, like that's our biggest problem.

Singapore Indoor Stadium

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On June 12, 2014, Taylor Swift put on the final show of her epic Red tour (which spanned four continents over 15 months) in Singapore, cementing her record-breaking status. Earning over $150 million, Taylor broke the all-time revenue record for a single tour by a country artist that had held Faith Hill and Tim McGraw. Will 1989 tour set for this year top it?

Ed Sheeran's Northumberland House

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Because endearing British pop star Ed Sheeran and Taylor are BFF (he did a duet with her on Red, and subsequently exponentially multiplied his global popularity by joining her on tour), in 2013 he bought a $3 million ranch "as a 22nd birthday present to himself" in the gated Northumberland community where Swift also has a home. Confusingly, the neighbors have incidents with swords and stuff, but whatever.

Country Music Hall of Fame

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Back in 2012, Taylor said she would give $4 million to build an education center in her name at the Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum in Nashville. It officially opened in 2013, and now that it's up and running, it has new programs and workshops for teenagers and senior citizens: "The space includes three classrooms and an exhibit space, and houses interactive activities such as a musical petting zoo and a 'wet' classroom space to make concert posters and other art projects."

155 Franklin Street

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Though the public record of this transaction is hidden behind a trust, it's pretty clear to everyone that Taylor Swift bought Lord of the Ring director Peter Jackson's uncombined penthouses in Tribeca for some $20 million in 2014. She'll probably combine them, even though there's weird stuff inside already. And this is how she probably spends time hanging out in it.

Oheka Castle

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The Long Island mansion used for the exterior shots in Taylor's "Blank Space" video is a castle. More specifically, it's the former country home of professional rich guy Otto Kahn, who built the place between 1914 and 1919. It's the second-largest private home ever built in the U.S., with 127 rooms.More photos and fun facts, over here.

Winfield Hall

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Now the interior shots of that "Blank Space" video were shot at five-and-dime king F.W. Woolworth's former Long Island mansion. But that home, sadly, recently went down in flames. Which is just so wrong, but also so perfect, you know, lyrics-wise. (No one was injured.)

Earls Court Exhibition Centre

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Amid scantily clad models, Taylor Swift wasn't so covered up herself while performing "Blank Space" and "Style" at December's Victoria's Secret Fashion Show. It was her second time on the stage-slash-catwalk there in as many years. The show is filmed at the Earls Court Exhibition Centre in London, which was built in 1937.

Swiftmas

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Further cementing T-Swift's rep as the nicest (well, cheesiest) pop star on earth, she wrapped presents for certain fans, shopped them off with personalized notes, and then made a YouTube video that captured the process as well as recipients' teary, joyful reactions. In particular, bearing gifts like a kid-sized Mercedes, she paid a visit to the Barnett family of North Haven, Conn. And then she stopped at a local Starbucks in town afterwards for a skinny caramel latte.

Times Square

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As the ball dropped to usher in 2015, Taylor Swift performed to a frigid crowd of thousands and millions more watching on TV. Amid a glitter storm, she once again proclaimed her powerful sway on the pop music scene—New Year's Eve is some prime airtime.

Catalina Island

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Now that Tay's day-to-day life involves hanging out with supermodels and actresses and other lauded musicians, she does fanciful, enviable things, like go to California's Catalina island for a short girls' getaway. That just happened in January. Oh, and she invited her dad along. You just can't hate the girl, right?

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Christmas Tree Farm

. And then: "I was too young to help with the hauling of the trees up the hills and putting them onto cars. So, it was my job to pull off the preying mantis pods off of the Christmas trees." [Photo credit: some other Christmas tree farm near where Tay Grew up .]

Her Childhood Home

"Taylor played her guitar here." Or so the brokerbabble exulted when the six-bedroom, five-bath house where she grew up in Reading, Penn. hit the market in August of 2013, asking $800,000. Its current owners apparently had no idea Tay had lived there as a young'un in the 90s when they bought it for $480K in 2007. It sold in September of 2013 for $700,000. More photos!]

The Wyndcroft School

Taylor went to elementary school here, before she and her family moved nearby to Wyomissing, Penn. She has said some teachers there inspired her, and there are a grand total of 56 likes on a Facebook page called "Taylor Swift Went To My School, The Wyndcroft School."

Berks Youth Theatre Academy

This community center was where Taylor took on her earliest roles—like playing female lead Kim McAfee in the musical Bye Bye Birdie. She was in other shows there, too, a;; while trying to break into the music business as a tween. [Photo: Taylor Swift, at left, in a Berks rehearsal at age 11, via the Reading Eagle.]

Bloomsburg Fair

Having appeared at "local festivals, fairs, coffeehouses, karaoke contests, garden clubs, Boy Scout meetings and sporting events," Taylor Swift staged one of her first "major" performances at the Bloomsburg Fair, a fall tradition in the area since 1855. It was 2001, and she wasn't yet 12 years old. Here's the video.

Hendersonville High School

After moving with her parents and brother to Nashville at age 14 so that she could pursue a career in music, Tay went to HHS for freshman and sophomore years. She later gifted the school $75,000 to update the sound and lighting systems in the auditorium.

Bitter End

Fast forward to 2004. Tay is 14, and has moved to Nashville already. But she gets a break in New York. The all-knowing Wikipedia says: "After performing at a BMI Songwriter's Circle showcase at The Bitter End … Swift became the youngest songwriter ever hired by the Sony/ATV Tree publishing house."

Bluebird Cafe

The following year, this happened. "At an industry showcase at Nashville's Bluebird Cafe in 2005, Swift caught the attention of Scott Borchetta, a DreamWorks Records executive who was preparing to form his own independent record label, Big Machine Records." (Thanks, Wiki.)

Staples Center

Given her many, many homes, T-Swizzle has room on multiple mantles for her seven Grammys. She accepted them (and performed, and presented) in the years since her first in nomination in 2008 at the Staples Center in LA, where the annual awards show is held.

Castle Gwynn

This castle outside of Nashville, where the state's annual Renaissance Festival is held (naturally), was where Tay filmed the fairy tale-esque video for "Love Story." It's "a startling replica of a 12th-century Welsh border castle and the private home of Nashville-native Mike Freeman, a portrait photographer, and his wife, Jackie, a retired schoolteacher."

Cumberland University

Other parts of the "Love Story" music video were filmed at this school. Wonder if, after the popular video's May 2008 release, they now tell students they admit to (baby) just say yes.

Sommet Center

The Sommet Center in Nashville, which is now called the Bridgestone Arena, is where Taylor filmed the performance part of the fiery music video for the song "Picture to Burn," off her self-titled first album. Wiki explains: "Swift was at first nervous about the shoot, as it was her first experience with pyrotechnics. 'There are some things I'm nervous about. My hair could very well catch on fire,' she said. She was later assured of its safety and explained to about the discrepancy in the distance of the fire in reality than on camera: on camera, it appears to be quite close to her, whereas, in actuality, it was placed far behind her." Fire safety for the win.

Roberts Stadium

T-Swizzle kicked off her first world tour ever in April of 2009 in a rather random location: Evansville, Indiana. For the occasion, "Swift was presented the key to the city of Evansville and the City Council President declared Wednesday, April 23, 2009 Taylor Swift Day." The venue? Roberts Stadium, which has since been demolished.

Saturday Night Live

In 2009, Swift both hosted and performed on an episode of Saturday Night Live. That's not the last time she was ribbed on the show. Most recently, Swiftamine, the drug to help vertiginous, in-denial new fans come to terms with their new T-Swizzle addiction.

Radio City Music Hall

"...Imma let you finish, but Beyonce had one of the best videos of all time..." And so went Kanye West's infamous interruption of Taylor Swift's acceptance speech for best female video at the 2009 MTV Video Music Awards, held at Radio City. It's a classic.

The Adelicia

In 2009, Taylor Swift plunked down $1.99M for a four-bedroom penthouse at fancy-schmancy Nashville condo complex called The Adelicia. In it, you'll find a wide variety of interior decorating, um, choices, including "a topiary rabbit, as tall as an NBA shooting guard, wearing a marching-band hat."

University High School

The 2010 film Valentine's Day marked Taylor's big-screen debut. Amid many other vignettes, she played opposite one-time beau with the same name Taylor Lautner as a couple that was waiting to have sex. Their scenes were shot at LA's University High School.

Christ Church

The time-traveling music video for "Mine" was shot in Kennebunkport, Maine. "[S]everal scenes took place in Ram Island Farm, Cape Elizabeth, and Christ Church on Dane Street. Christ Church served as the venue for the wedding scene," says the omniscient Wiki. In August of 2010, "Swift returned to Kennebunkport, Maine to share the premiere with local residents, which attracted approximately 800 people, including former President George H. W. Bush, who brought his grandchildren to see Swift."

Whitland Home

Taylor Swift's myriad Nashville real estate dealings can get a little slippery, but here's a summary of this brick house in the historic neighborhood of Whitland, In 2011, when it was listed for sale, reports surfaced that Swift was actually the owner of the 1925-built four-bedroom. An anonymous trust had paid $1.4 million for it back in September of 2010. General consensus was that it was for her parents.

Orpheum Theatre

The old-timey music video for "Mean," one of the singles of of Taylor's second album Speak Now, was mostly shot here.

Central Library, Vanderbilt University

The music video for "The Story of Us," released in May of 2011, was shot inside Vanderbilt's handsome Central Library. The whole thing has a literary bent. Next chapter!

Beverly Hills Home

In 2011, reports surfaced that T-Swift shelled out $3.55 million for a three-bedroom in the Franklin Canyon area of the Beverly Hills Post Office neighborhood. Curbed LA said the house teems with Swifitian saccharine. They're probably right.

Tanglewood

In July of 2012, Taylor Swift performed with James Taylor at the iconic venue Tanglewood. She counts the singer as one of her earliest influences. Duetting for "Fire and Rain", "Love Story," and "Ours," the Taylors were, of course, adorable.

Northumberland Estate

In a lavish gated community near Nashville first made famous by Nicole Kidman and Keith Urban, Taylor Swift bought a beautiful estate with four bedrooms, a guesthouse, a pool, and tons of historic details." The 2011 purchase cost the country-pop princess $2.5 million.

High Watch

After flirting with other waterfront residences, Taylor eventually dropped $17.75 million in cash on a palatial Rhode Island estate in the town of Watch Hill. Called High Watch because of its elevation above the beach, its ownership hasn't come without its struggles. Namely, allegations that she is just effing up the coastline by blocking access to a public beach with a stone wall that apparently already existed before she got there.

Kennedy Compound

So when Taylor was dating Conor Kennedy in 2012, she bought the house next door to his family compound for $4.9 million. Then they broke up. And then she sold it for a little profit. And now Cape Cod wants to know why it didn't get a break-up song like everyone else. Conor got "Starlight."

Paris

The moody, lovely, slow anthem "Begin Again" has a music video set in Paris, and features Taylor ambling down a cobblestoned street on the Ile de la Cite.

Westboro Baptist Church

This is a sad map point. A map point that show not all of America is wooed by Swift's moves. But it actually just shows that some of our fellow citizens are just off their rocker. The notoriously intolerant, bigoted, and homophobic Westboro Baptist Church protested during Swift's Red Tour in 2013, calling her "the whorish face of doomed America." Yeah, like that's our biggest problem.

Singapore Indoor Stadium

On June 12, 2014, Taylor Swift put on the final show of her epic Red tour (which spanned four continents over 15 months) in Singapore, cementing her record-breaking status. Earning over $150 million, Taylor broke the all-time revenue record for a single tour by a country artist that had held Faith Hill and Tim McGraw. Will 1989 tour set for this year top it?

Ed Sheeran's Northumberland House

Because endearing British pop star Ed Sheeran and Taylor are BFF (he did a duet with her on Red, and subsequently exponentially multiplied his global popularity by joining her on tour), in 2013 he bought a $3 million ranch "as a 22nd birthday present to himself" in the gated Northumberland community where Swift also has a home. Confusingly, the neighbors have incidents with swords and stuff, but whatever.

Country Music Hall of Fame

Back in 2012, Taylor said she would give $4 million to build an education center in her name at the Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum in Nashville. It officially opened in 2013, and now that it's up and running, it has new programs and workshops for teenagers and senior citizens: "The space includes three classrooms and an exhibit space, and houses interactive activities such as a musical petting zoo and a 'wet' classroom space to make concert posters and other art projects."

155 Franklin Street

Though the public record of this transaction is hidden behind a trust, it's pretty clear to everyone that Taylor Swift bought Lord of the Ring director Peter Jackson's uncombined penthouses in Tribeca for some $20 million in 2014. She'll probably combine them, even though there's weird stuff inside already. And this is how she probably spends time hanging out in it.

Oheka Castle

The Long Island mansion used for the exterior shots in Taylor's "Blank Space" video is a castle. More specifically, it's the former country home of professional rich guy Otto Kahn, who built the place between 1914 and 1919. It's the second-largest private home ever built in the U.S., with 127 rooms.More photos and fun facts, over here.

Winfield Hall

Now the interior shots of that "Blank Space" video were shot at five-and-dime king F.W. Woolworth's former Long Island mansion. But that home, sadly, recently went down in flames. Which is just so wrong, but also so perfect, you know, lyrics-wise. (No one was injured.)

Earls Court Exhibition Centre

Amid scantily clad models, Taylor Swift wasn't so covered up herself while performing "Blank Space" and "Style" at December's Victoria's Secret Fashion Show. It was her second time on the stage-slash-catwalk there in as many years. The show is filmed at the Earls Court Exhibition Centre in London, which was built in 1937.

Swiftmas

Further cementing T-Swift's rep as the nicest (well, cheesiest) pop star on earth, she wrapped presents for certain fans, shopped them off with personalized notes, and then made a YouTube video that captured the process as well as recipients' teary, joyful reactions. In particular, bearing gifts like a kid-sized Mercedes, she paid a visit to the Barnett family of North Haven, Conn. And then she stopped at a local Starbucks in town afterwards for a skinny caramel latte.

Times Square

As the ball dropped to usher in 2015, Taylor Swift performed to a frigid crowd of thousands and millions more watching on TV. Amid a glitter storm, she once again proclaimed her powerful sway on the pop music scene—New Year's Eve is some prime airtime.

Catalina Island

Now that Tay's day-to-day life involves hanging out with supermodels and actresses and other lauded musicians, she does fanciful, enviable things, like go to California's Catalina island for a short girls' getaway. That just happened in January. Oh, and she invited her dad along. You just can't hate the girl, right?