The Brangelina real estate empire spans Europe and the US, but which half of the A-list couple gets which homes remains to be determined.
It was the story that launched a billion page views: News broke today that actress/humanitarian Angelina Jolie had filed for divorce from her husband, Hollywood megastar Brad Pitt, after just two years of marriage. But with the downfall of the genetically blessed duo, together since starring in Mr. and Mrs. Smith back in 2005, comes an even bigger question: What will become of their real estate empire? Here, we take a look back at Brangelina’s bustling real estate portfolio.
Your normal celebrity couple probably have a mansion or two in Los Angeles, CA. But for Brad and Angelina, a home in the Hollywood Hills means a compound that comprises five different estates, bought piece by piece since Brad’s early days of stardom in the ’90s. Way back when he sported a long, golden mane in flicks like Legends of the Fall, Brad bought a five-bed, five-bath home measuring 5,760 square feet for just $1.7 million in the up-and-coming Los Feliz, CA, area. Bit by bit, he added other nearby homes: a one-bed, two-bath home, measuring 2,454 square feet, for $380,000 in 1996, and another one-bed, two-bath house on the same road in 1998. Ten years later, the star-on-the-rise actor continued to add to his estate, buying a $1.287 million, one-bed, two-bath home on a connected piece of land, followed by a 3,232-square-foot home in 2009, creating the perfect spot for Brangelina and their six kids when they touch town in La-La Land.
During this time, Brad bought and sold several other properties in the Los Angeles area. A known architecture buff (like his ex-wife, Jennifer Aniston), he sold his Malibu, CA, Mid-Century Modern masterpiece to power couple Ellen DeGeneres and Portia de Rossi for $12 million back in 2011. (Ellen herself is no slacker in the real estate department; she’s known to flip houses faster than TV show guests.) Meanwhile, Angie’s not exactly a slouch in the real estate world either: She shared an $8 million Beverly Hills, CA, mansion with ex-husband Billy Bob Thornton until their split in 2003. Thornton, however, kept hold of that property until downsizing in 2013.
With a desire to get away from Hollywood, new couple Brad and Angelina headed to the Deep South in 2006, spending $3.5 million on a six-bed, four-and-a-half-bath home for sale in New Orleans, LA. That 7,435-square-foot property would be just the first of their homes in Louisiana, where Brad was strongly involved in charity work. The couple later snagged a five-bed, three-and-a-half-bath 1830s mansion in the city’s French Quarter but listed it for sale in 2015 for $6.5 million, claiming they wanted something a little more off the beaten path.
With a last name like Jolie, it’s only appropriate that Angelina has a villa in the French countryside. And when we say “villa,” think of something a little more along the lines of a castle. That’s exactly what it was: Chateau Miraval, where the couple lived since 2008, which also served as the setting of their 2014 nuptials. The 1,200-acre (yes, you heard us right!), 35-room property was officially purchased by Brad and Angelina in 2012 for, wait for it, an estimated $60 million. And with a price tag like that, we understand why it took four years for them to buy it!
Since Brad and Angelina are fans of the great outdoors, it’s not surprising that the Jolie-Pitt clan enjoyed frolicking on horseback across their 11.5-acre ranch in the Santa Barbara–area city of Goleta, CA. In addition to that rural getaway, the couple snagged a picture-perfect home in the New York, NY, skyline: an apartment in the elite Waldorf-Astoria Towers in Manhattan, which they purchased for an undisclosed amount in 2007. Connected to the famed New York hotel, the property was a natural choice for the couple, thanks to its intensely tight security and privacy measures.
French chateau image courtesy of Michel Gagne, Getty. Waldorf-Astoria image courtesy of Spencer Platt, Getty. New Orleans images courtesy of Trulia.