Brad Pitt sells Craftsman home in Los Feliz for $39M
Actor may relocate to a historic cliffside home he bought in Carmel last summer for $40M
Brad Pitt has sold his historic Craftsman home of nearly three decades in Los Feliz for $39 million.
The “Babylon” star and producer sold the 6,700-square-foot home at 5769 Briarcliff Road,TMZ reported. He initially sought $40 million. The buyer was undisclosed.
The actor plans to move to Northern California, where last summer he purchased “Seaward,” a historic castle-like home perched above the ocean in Carmel Highlands, according to TMZ.
Pitt, a noted architecture buff, paid $1.7 million for the Los Feliz estate in 1994, three years after his breakout role in “Thelma and Louise.” The seller was Cassandra Peterson, star of “Elvira, Mistress of the Dark.”
The six-bedroom, seven-bathroom house, known as Briarcliff Manor, was built for oil baron Louis McCray in 1910 and has numerous gables, as well as copper and dark wood walls. Six years later, “Borax King” Thomas Thorkildsen added an infamous heart-shaped pool.
It is also where Jimi Hendrix reportedly wrote “May This Be Love,” according to Architectural Digest.
Since Pitt moved in, the Academy Award-winning actor has bought multiple lots next to the original home. The 1.9-acre property now has a swimming pool, tennis court and skating rink.
The house is where he and ex-wife Angelina Jolie, 47, raised their six children before splitting in 2016.
The next year, the “Wanted“ actress bought a 1913 Beaux Arts estate once owned by late director Cecil B. DeMille in Los Feliz for $24.5 million.
Following their split and since being ruled legally single in 2019, the former couple have been in ongoing negotiations regarding the custody of their children and the divvying of their financial assets, such as their $164 million Château Miraval in the south of France.
Though the 59-year-old Pitt said he wanted to sell his longtime home in Los Feliz because he was “looking for something smaller” in the L.A. area, apparently he has set his sights toward Carmel-by-the-Sea.
Over the years, the picturesque community has been known as the preferred first or second home for celebrities looking to escape the pressures of Hollywood, the San Jose Mercury News reported. Clint Eastwood is Carmel’s most famous denizen, while Doris Day also made it her longtime home until she died in 2019.
Pitt’s $40 million property in Carmel, on a steep oceanside bluff at 105 Highway 1, was built in 1918 as a summer retreat for the family of writer D.L. James. The sandstone and granite home was designed by Charles Sumner Greene, who along with his brother, Henry, was a proponent of the Arts and Crafts movement, according to the Wall Street Journal.
— Dana Bartholomew
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