A historic Californian home is sold for $57 million to Brad Pitt
In just a few weeks, Hollywood heartthrob Brad Pitt has paid USD$40 million for a historic D.L. James house overlooking California's breathtaking central coast, known as Seaward.
Despite being on a press tour for his latest film, Bullet Train, the actor managed to add to his property portfolio by purchasing a 1918 century-old house for the highest price ever paid for a home in the area.
D.L. James House was designed by Charles Sumner Greene in the 20th century. In the Carmel highlights, the property was named after Daniel Lewis James, the infamous author who wrote Famous All Over Town.
It had been owned by Searock since 1999, a limited liability company tied to the late Chicago financier Joe Ritchie and his wife, Sharon Ritchie before he bought it off-market.
With its wooden aesthetic and locally quarried sandstone and granite, the house is located meters from the beach. A tiled Mediterranean-style roof and arched windows were chosen individually by Charles Greene.
An organization dedicated to the architect's work, the Gamble House, says Mr. Greene made the outer walls appear to grow from the cliffs. According to Alexander Vertikoff, who took exclusive photos of the property in 1997, it had been uninhabited for a long time when he took the photos.
After 50 years of being finished, it was difficult to tell which rooms were which. There's not much space, and it's extremely private. Such land is no longer available."It wasn't until Clint Eastwood became the town's mayor in 1986 that Carmel-by-the-Sea became popular among Hollywood heavyweights.
He lives in the area to this day at the age of 92. A Carmel home owned by Golden Girls actress Betty White recently sold for USD$10.775 million. Currently married to Jennifer Aniston, Brad Pitt owns a USD$5 million beach house in Goleta, California.