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Brad Pitt moves to Carmel after selling LA resort: report

Brad Pitt has just sold the Los Angeles estate he’s owned for nearly three decades – a property he once called the “childhood home” for his six children with Angelina Jolie – and is moving to Carmel.

TMZ on Tuesday announced the sale of Pitt’s resort in Los Angeles for $39 million. The TMZ report also said the actor plans to move to northern California, where he purchased “Seaward,” a historic castle-like seaside home in Carmel Highlands last summer.

A report from Page Six in December said Pitt, 59, would continue acting but was looking to “step back” from some of his other Hollywood ventures to enjoy “a peaceful life.” But it remains to be seen whether he will make picturesque Carmel-by-the-Sea his new full-time home, or just visit occasionally.

Brad Pitt’s historic ‘bachelor pad’ near Carmel. (Wikipedia)

Over the years, the quaint community has been known as the favorite first or second home of celebrities looking to escape the pressures of Hollywood life. Clint Eastwood is Carmel’s most famous resident, while Doris Day also made it her longtime home until her death in 2019.

When it was announced in January that Pitt was selling his 1.9-acre resort in the Los Angeles neighborhood of Los Feliz, a real estate source told People the Oscar-winning actor was looking for “something smaller” in the area. Los Angeles area.

An architectural enthusiast, Pitt has bought and sold numerous properties over the years. But the Los Feliz resort was his home base and known to hold a special meaning to him. The actor started creating it in 1994, a few years after he shot to stardom with his charismatic performance as a hunky hitchhiker in “Thelma & Louise,” according to Architectural Digest. He paid $1.7 million for a Craftsman-style mansion that belonged to Cassandra Peterson, better known by her alter ego, Elvira, Mistress of Darkness.

Over the next decade, the actor bought two adjoining properties to expand the resort and bought two more after he divorced Jennifer Aniston and after he and Jolie became a couple in 2005, Architectural Digest said.

During the process of expanding the property, Pitt honed his love for design by becoming heavily involved in building new structures and renovating old ones, TMZ said. The complex currently houses the 6,692 square foot main house, as well as a swimming pool, private tennis pavilion and skate park.

When Pitt and Jolie were together, they were known for their globe-trotting lifestyle, traveling with their six children from country to country for film shoots and for their humanitarian work with the United Nations. Still, the Los Feliz estate remained the “childhood” home of Maddox, Pax, Zahara, Shiloh and twins Knox and Vivienne, as Pitt told GQ.

That all changed in 2016 when Jolie stunned Hollywood by filing for divorce. Their split sparked a bitter and protracted divorce in which the exes went to court over custody of the children and the division of their property. Pitt is also said to have separated from at least one of his children, Maddox, 21, and may have a strained relationship with another son, Pax, 19.

Whatever relationship Pitt now has with his kids, they’re all getting older, so the idea of ​​downsizing makes sense. The possibility that Pitt could move to Carmel also has some merit, given the report that he was retiring from Hollywood after selling a majority stake in his famed Hollywood production company, Plan B.

“Brad has decided he wants to live a peaceful life in the future and is deciding what ‘semi-retirement’ looks like for him,” a source told Page Six in December, in light of the news that Pitt had sold 60% of Plan B, the company he co-founded with Aniston to a French media conglomerate.

The source added to Page Six, “One thing he’s decided is that he’ll probably keep playing,” but is keeping away from other business ventures.

For Pitt, the “peaceful life” could include spending time with his new girlfriend, jewelry designer Ines de Ramon. Or, it could lead him to his Carmel property, which is perched on a steep cliff by the ocean along scenic Highway 1. Perhaps “Seaward” is just a real estate investment for him. actor, but there’s also speculation that Pitt, with his passion for architecture, wants to turn the sandstone and granite house into another personal design project.

With its beautiful coastal scenery, Carmel has long attracted creatively-minded people, beginning in the late 19th century when a vibrant and thriving community of artists emerged, according to Carmel magazine. Famous people who first flocked to Carmel were writers, including Robert Louis Stevenson and Robinson Jeffers, who built his own quirky stone Tor House at Carmel Point. The mostly traveling Jack London also stopped by, and John Steinbeck, a native of Salinas, immortalized Monterey County in his books.

The Pitt’s Carmel property was originally built in 1918 as a summer residence for the family of writer DL James. It was designed by Charles Sumner Greene, who along with his brother Henry was a supporter of the Arts and Crafts movement, Architectural Digest reported.

Meanwhile, film, television and music stars began to discover Carmel in the second half of the 20th century. This includes Day, who fell in love with the area while filming a film in 1956. She bought land in the Carmel Valley, overlooking the Quail Lodge and golf course, in the 1970s, and moved there full time. time when she retired from her film. career.

Eastwood, meanwhile, became active in business and social circles and a regular at the Monterey Jazz Festival. He was also famous mayor of Carmel from 1986 to 1988.

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