It’s official: Angelina Jolie and Brad Pitt are getting divorced.
The surprising news that Jolie had filed for divorce for “irreconcilable differences” shocked fans of the couple yesterday, but Brangelina’s decision to split is just as heartbreaking for admirers of their expansive real estate empire. The 41-year-old Oscar winner and the 52-year-old star have been as prominent in the property world as they have in the film business, over the last decade. With a combined wealth of an estimated $400 million, we break down the property at stake in the upcoming legal battle.
The LA Complex
This Hollywood home became the couple’s primary home, thanks to its position, history and, most of all, size. Brad Pitt bought the traditional home back in 1994 for a reported $1.7 million from Cassandra Peterson, aka. Elvira, Mistress of the Dark. Since then, it has grown and grown, with additional transactions in the 1990s taking the star’s total spend to over $2.5 million on multiple adjacent properties. After Brad and Angelina got together, they snapped up another couple of homes, resulting in a compound that’s worth an estimated $4.9 million overall, with at least four homes, including the main property, which boasts six bedrooms and seven bathrooms. The overall compound, meanwhile, now includes a park for their kids, complete with slides and a sand box.
The New Orleans Mansion
Back in 2006, when Brad Pitt was making The Curious Case of Benjamin Button, the newly together couple bought a 1930s mansion in New Orleans’ French Quarter. Venetian walls, a gourmet kitchen, a spiral staircase, an elevator, a two-floor guesthouse and a private yard with swimming pool? The whole kit and kaboodle cost them around $3.5 million. In 2015, the pair put it up for sale. The new price? $6.65 million. But when they struggled to find a buyer, they slashed that to $5.65 million, before taking it off the market again.
The New York Apartment
Jolie has owned this pad in New York’s Asonia building ever since 1997, reports Variety. Spanning 1,232 square feet and boasting no-doubt great views from the city’s Upper West Side, you can expect her to hold on to that home for herself.
The SeaFront California Pad
Like Jolie’s New York pad, Pitt brought this old flame into their relationship – an 11-acre oceanfront compound on an unspoiled stretch of Californian beach that The Daily Mail reports Pitt bought in 2000 for $4 million. Near to Gaviota State Park, the Santa Barbara ranch has become a go-to place for a family vacation.
The Waldorf Apartment
There is always rumour and speculation in any high-profile celebrity divorce, but the main one that concerns us is their reported purchase of this apartment According to ABC News, they moved into an apartment in New York’s Waldorf Astoria Towers, which gets its name from the iconic hotel next door, back in 2007. The Waldorf, though, refused to comment, as did representatives for the pair.
The French Village
The jewel in the Brangelina property crown is undoubtedly Chateau Miraval. Less an overseas property and closer to an entire private village, the sprawling estate is certainly one to behold.
The couple first rented the compound near Correns, South France, in 2008. Its 1,200 acres clearly charmed them, though, with its village-like layout, history dating back to the 18th century, Romanesque chapel, pine forests, vineyards, swimming pools, gym and spa, private cinema, dirt bike course and helicopter pads… need we go on?
Four years later, they returned and bought the whole place for a reported $60 million from US businessman Tom Bove, giving them a group of homes with a grand 35 rooms – and, in 2014, a venue for the couple to get hitched.
With a divorce now on the cards, who will get what? It may not be as clear-cut as you might expect: Jolie “is believed to be on the title of all the properties”, reports The Daily Mail.