Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie’s Former New Orleans Home Up for Auction
A New Orleans home once owned by Hollywood A-listers Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie, as well as Microsoft co-founder Paul Allen, is soon to be up for auction. The historic French Quarter home dates back to 1828 and was purchased by Pitt and Jolie in 2007 for $3.5 million. Bidding for the property starts at $1 million.
A Historic Home with Unique Features
According to Interluxe, which specializes in marketing and selling luxury real estate, the home encompasses 7,703 square feet. The French Quarter property features seven bedrooms, five bathrooms, and two half-baths. The home was once the recording studio of Cosimo Matassa, a New Orleans native whose work is considered crucial to the birth of both R&B and rock and soul in the 1950s and 1960s. Matassa was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame as a non-performer in 2012.
Pitt and Jolie’s Involvement with the Make It Right Foundation
Pitt and Jolie purchased the home in 2007 for use as their residence when they were in New Orleans supporting the Make It Right Foundation, according to Interluxe. The foundation was launched to build new housing in the Lower 9th Ward devastated by Hurricane Katrina in 2005. However, residents later won a $20.5 million lawsuit against the foundation, which claimed the houses were built with defective materials. The foundation has yet to pay residents the damages, reports NOLA.com.
Recent History and Restoration of the Property
Pitt and Jolie sold the home in 2016 for $4.9 million. It underwent a restoration in 2017, according to Interluxe, and has changed hands multiple times since Pitt and Jolie sold it, including the period during which it was owned by Paul Allen. The home, located on Governor Nicholls Street in the lower French Quarter, was also the 2023 “Downtown Dwellings” winner of HGTV’s “Ultimate House Hunt.”
Auction Details and Registration
Bidding for the historic New Orleans home begins on December 11, with a starting bid of $1 million. The last time the property went on the market, it listed for $5.35 million. Those interested in bidding on the home can register via Interluxe.
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