Sunday, March 16, 2008

Brad and Angelina: Did They or Didn't They en Français?

Hi kids...sorry to give you this run around, but go here for a look see at all the juicy and pretty pictures of the house.

RUMORED BUYERS: Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie
LOCATION: Eygalieres, Provence, France
PRICE: £9,650,000
SIZE: 7 bedrooms and 5 bathrooms
DESCRIPTION: This exquisite 15th century farmhouse has been added to over the years in keeping with the original 15th century design. The property was fully restored in 1990 with impeccable taste and charm and combines modern features with rustic Provencal charm to create a truly magnificent modern living space.

YOUR MAMAS NOTES: For the last couple of days Your Mama has been getting dozens of fervent emails from all the Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie luvin' children who want to know more about the French farmhouse that every gossip glossy and celebrity news slinging blogger has reported the Hollywood hot shots are rumored to be purchasing. Here's what we know:

The Jolie-Pitts, along with nine (nine!) assistants, toured the 2.5 hectare (6.18 acres) Mas de la Chapelle St. Sixte in the South of France last year but reportedly decided against purchasing not because the place carried a gigantic asking price, but because they were told by the local planners that Mister Pitt would not be allowed to build a motorbike track through the gardens. A motor bike track? Please. Brad. No.

The motor bike track desiring Jolie-Pitts and their ridiculously large retinue of assistants jumped on the jet and high-tailed it back to the U-nited States where they flew some propeller planes, walked some red carpets and got themselves knocked up. Again. Then, not long ago, so it is reported, the frequently adopting and baby making couple learned that the Provençal planners would indeed grant them the right to build a loop for their motor bikes. So, according to a everyone with fingers who types up the celebrity scuttlebutt, the Jolie-Pitts quickly jumped at the opportunity and made an offer on the property.

The rustic yet modern 15th century farmhouse was built by Monks on the site of a Roman temple just outside the fetching French village of Eygalieres. Your Mama's early morning research indicates the pretty Provençal property was (and appears to still be) on the market with an asking price of £9,65,000. That's $19,437,705 to the American couple who apparently have more moo-lah burning a hole in their designer duds than the damn Pope.

In addition to it's soo-blimely decorated public rooms with spectacular stone ceilings that reflect the house's history as a cloister, listing information reveals Mas de la Chapelle St. Sixte includes 7 bedrooms, 5 bathrooms, which quite frankly is only barely enough bedrooms to sleep the ever expanding Jolie-Pitt clan unless they double-bunk the kiddies. The historical property also features a huge swimming pool with an adjacent pool house, and a fully equipped summer kitchen where Your Mama imagines one of the their 9 assistants will be required spend their summer days whipping up bowl after bowl of edamame and brown rice for all the Jolie-Pitt children and their new amis.

But children, let's not work ourselves into a sweat that the Jolie-Pitts are picking up and moving to France just yet. Keep in mind that the couple are often seen eyeballing properties and that it's only been reported they made an offer for the property which, of course, may or may not be accepted by the current owners, a couple of well to do ex-pat Americans named Butler who purchased the property in 1990 and spent boo-coo bucks restoring and over-hauling the stone structure.

The Pitt/Jolies are not the only rich and famous folks that have enjoyed the charms of Mas de la Chapelle St. Sixte. According to an article in the Telegraph, the property has previously been leased by vacationing Vanity Fair head honcho Graydon Carter for £1,000 per day and nearby neighbors are said to include British born writer Ian McEwan and the scruffy faced French actor Jean Reno.

For now, we'll just have to wait and see if and when the Jolie-Pitt family of 6 or 8 or 16–or however many they are nowadays–packs up the shipping container, books a large and plush private jet and ships all their cribs, tricycles and motor bikes to France.

In Your Mama's meaningless and un-asked for opinion, the Jolie-Pitts need this trés expensive and dee-luxe house like they need another half dozen children. The couple already own and maintain at great expense Pitt's long time compound in the Los Feliz area of Los Angeles as well as a striking and glassy contemporary estate on the bluffs in the northern reaches of Malee-boo. A bit farther up the Calee-fornia coast, just north of Santa Barbara, the couple also own an ocean side camp ground like compound, and let's not forget that big house in the New Orleans French Quarter where the Jolie-Pitt publicists said they were gonna live and raise all them kids like regular people.

However, if they are going to spend the big bucks to decamp to French farmhouse for the family, they could certainly do worse than this enviable piece of Provençal pulchritude.

37 comments:

Anonymous said...

Just checking...is the price really in £ or is that supposed to be Euros? If so, the US$ amount would be around 15 mil.

And what a house that is!

Alessandra said...

It is a lovely property. I'm not sure that the roof-line is conducive to the Jolie-Pitts (how many times would they clock themselves in the bedroom or bath before they decided to sell?), but it appears to be a beautiful and well-modulated house. I'm sure if they bought it, they'd make it quite a home.

Off to the wilds of Cincinnati, OH. Not as exciting as France, perhaps, but I've packed for every possible weather contingency.

And Lucy, I happen to love the Midwest. Stunning architecture, decent people, great food, and plenty of culture. Anyone who dismisses it as "flyover" country just shows how truly ignorant and small they are. That said, I'm hoping my sinuses don't go haywire on this visit, but if history is any indication, I'll be running for the Sudafed within 72 hours.

wreckingball said...

Just curious but where do they own north of Santa Barbara?

Anonymous said...

Mamas correct - £9.65M / E12.60M / $19.558M

Provence is little Britain, Sometimes it seems like half of the British population live in Southern France, right from Provence to Monaco - there's no getting away from them! ... Stunning house & it also has stunning grounds which aren't pictured but the approach is beautiful ...

Anonymous said...

Nice area. We have a house not too far from that village. A little more towards the coast.

Provence is like little britain? Hmm never heard of this before. Try the spanish costa brava. In the Cote d'Azur you find people from all over europe and the world.

sandpiper said...

How charming. It's a family home. I could make do there very nicely. :)

Alessandra, re: clocking...my sweet little Tudor (with the boiler system from hell) had an upstairs bath in a gable dormer, creating a radical roof slope just inside the doorway. I had an automatic reflex to duck. But, when used by guests, I'd always warn "watch out for the--" CLUNK-Ouch!!!

Have a safe trip!

pch said...

If we're picking picturesque European locales, my preference is for the equally-clichéd Tuscany. But this place is swell, and I'd take the Aston Martin in the drive, too.

Alessandra, I'm a big fan of Cincinnati -- a beautiful, cultured little city with lots of good architecture and an astounding number of parks that everyone seems to use. Hope you have a nice time.

lucy said...

How long are they going to keep dragging their school-aged children around from school to school before they either settle in one location (LA, NO, France?) or decamp their children at boarding school?

I keep thinking of what the next owners of that lovely home will be saying when they have to repair the motorbike track the Jolie-Pitts leave behind. Mon Dieu!

Thanks for the nice words about Chicago- it is a great city!

Alessandra, have a safe trip!

Anonymous said...

'Provence is like little britain? Hmm never heard of this before'

Are you referring to the T.V show? Because I was only meaning in terms of population numbers. Of course the Cote d'Azur has many foreigners, it's a huge area ... As for the Costa Brava, well, it's certainly a specific type of Brit it attracts & certainly not the same market as the ones who seek out Provence & Tuscany.

Bigdaddyj said...

Mr. Pitt has always been known to have an eye for fine architecture (didn't Angie take him to see FLW's Fallingwater near Pittsburgh last fall as a b-day present?), and this home is no exception. Simply stunning. In fact, I'd say this might very be an authentic example of the look they he & ex-wifey Jennifer Aniston were going for in that spectaucular mansion on Ridgedale Dr in Beverly Hills that they owned when they were married...

Anonymous said...

'Provence is like little britain? Hmm never heard of this before'

Actually, I wasn't referring to the TV Show. I just never thought of it as a place where there are exceptionally many brits. I'm Dutch and I sometimes think it's almost a Dutch colonny out there. Quite a few scandinavians too and of course Italians. Usually when I think of brits I think of loudly yelling obnoxious people, but like you said, that says more about the area than the people. The Dutch people in Llorett de mar are the same.

sandpiper said...

Goedenavond...Dank je wel.

<3 Schipperstraaat, Adam

Anonymous said...

Any new views of the compound in the Los Feliz? I remember reading the Brad had construction going on to a couple of the homes.

Anonymous said...

Beautiful home, but don't think they are really buying it. Angie did sell her UK home in 2006 so maybe they are looking for another place in Europe. Brad has had more work done on Los Feliz homes recently and spoke of building a green home on Santa Barbara area land. Maybe they are trying to collect enough homes for each child to eventually have one.

Sylvain Deleu said...

I'm the photographer that took the image of the house in france and you have no right whatsoever to use it they are © protected if I was you I took them off
asap ! sylvaindeleu@mac.com

so_chic_darling said...

Sylvain Deleu you just got some free publicity so clam down,it's not like you're losing anything here just gaining more exposure.

lil' gay boy said...

You tell him, So_Chic!

Lovely home, seems a shame to spoil such lovely countryside with a Motorbike track?!?

As for dragging those poor kids around the world, look on the bright side; they have two loving parents with the means to secure their futures and are receiving the kind of education in those travels that most only dream of.

Anonymous said...

Mr. Deleu,

You realize that pictures of this house are floating around in major printed publications and on the web everywhere without credit to you, right?

Will you be contacting US Magazine too? How about the Telegraph in the UK? Because they printed these pictures without your credit.

Princess Perfect said...

I'd like to book Sylvain Deleu to photograph my estate in Beverly Hills,when it goes on the market there will be gasps.

Old Hag's Son-In-Law said...

Dear M. Deleu,

I would like to get a quote from you to do an exclusive photo book of my next home. I have a very large budget, a referral to a wonderful staging lady with an environmentally conscious automobile. There will be a slight delay in getting the house ready for photographs as we have to get my wife's mother out of the house first. We have exhausted legal means and are going to try letting loose a pack of pit bulls and hungry real estate agents inside the yard.

Please prepare your quote in euros as I only pay in euros. It is a b*tch at McDonalds because I have so much trouble converting the 99 cent menu but worth it because I get two 99 cent items when everyone else is getting one.

sandpiper said...

old hag's son-in-law,
I feel sorry for the poor pit bulls. Your last ditch effort may boarder on animal cruelty, but ... it's worth a try. I sense your dispair. Good luck.

lil' gay boy said...

Old Hag's Son-in-Law,

As long as it looks like an accident, you shouldn't have a problem; the elderly are always taking nasty falls, wandering off, or confusing their medication . . .

;-)

Safe trip, Alessandra! Enjoy the architecture and all the wonders that Cincinnati has at its feet.

Emsie said...

You crack me up mama!

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Anonymous said...

Yes, muy funny. Your blog is in spanish. No reado español.

jl13 said...

anon 11.15

Well there is a difference between de provence and the Cote d'Azur.

There are more quote 500 people in the Cote d'Azur then in the provence each area has a different kind of people visiting. Provence is more easy lifestyle.

Mazzel Braschaat

fairfield girl said...

Dear alessandra
Enjoy Cinci! I travel through very often at least 12 times a year. It just a great town. If you get a chance go see the "Ascent" on the KY side. I had to laugh every time we went through the builder had a billboard that said "TRUMP this" Like Trump would build in KY.I know he did a project in Cinci when he was very young but he would not touch the midwest now. If I ever had to relocate back to the big "O" Cincinnati would be the number one town on the list.
I' used to live in the "O" state loved it, but I'm glad I no longer own a snow blower.

links to the Ascent

http://www.daniel-libeskind.com/projects/show-all/the-ascent-at-roebling-s-bridge/

MLS# 317955

old hag's son-in-law said...

Sandman - PETA is picketing outside our trailer as I type. They are concerned for the dogs as they are all current on their shots but we can't prove the agents are. The old woman hasn't had teeth since Reagan was in office. We stashed boxes of dog treats all over the house and told the agents the old woman will sign a contract with whomever gets to her first. Some of those agents haven't paid their lease on their Mercedes in two months so they are as vicious as the dogs.

sandpiper said...

Mama,
Thanks for your poetically described pics link. Pure pearls as always. :)

Sometimes you reward us for behaving, as we did on this string.

ENGLISH FOR FRANCE WEBSITE said...

Are you sure that the two celebrities will buy this house ?

Anonymous said...

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lil' gay boy said...

I can't say I disagree with you on a lot of points, but . . .

. . . you are still free to express them here; think about those who can't.

sandpiper said...

Little Buddy,
You actually read that? You're kidding I hope. No, seriously?

lil' gay boy said...

Sandpiper,

Seriously, yes, and what a rant it was.

But unfortunately there were some kernels of truth in it, and that disturbs me.

Anonymous said...

It was most likely posted by a web bot. Or if posted by an individual, probably "borrowed" from one of the hundreds of blogs that it got posted on. Pick a sentence, paste into google, choose to view results without duplications omitted.

Tracy said...

Get me a place in Tuscany any day.

I've checked out the tuscany villas and can't wait to get over there.

tv mounting brackets said...

what a beautiful home. adn what a lucky couple too. I think that they deserve it. Angelina is a wonderful person with a big heart who wants to help people.
I cant believe they turned down Mas de la Chapelle St. Sixte because Brad cant build a motorbike circuit.
However i would live in their Eygalieres Home in Provence anyday.
Its amazing!

-Adrianne