Jennifer Aniston Buys Big Digs in Bel Air

BUYER: Jennifer Aniston
LOCATION: Los Angeles (Bel Air), CA
PRICE: $20,970,000
SIZE: 8,500 square feet (approx.), 4 bedrooms, 6.5 bathrooms

YOUR MAMAS NOTES: It seems sit com queen and rom com royal Jennifer Aniston is moving on up to a twenty-some million dollar mid-century modern in the hoity toity Los Angeles, CA community of Bel Air. Before we address the newest real estate rumors swirling around Miz Aniston’s latest (and alleged) acquisition let’s quickly recap some of the notoriously real estate fickle celeb’s most recent real estate activities.

In 2006 Miz Aniston dropped $13,500,000 for a Hal Leavitt-designed mansion in Beverly Hills then spent five years and many more millions on an extensive overhaul spearheaded by talented star-friendly architect and designer Stephen Shadley. Just as soon as the paint was dry Miz Aniston had a real estate change of heart and flipped the house on the market in early 2011with an oh-no-she-di’int asking price of $42,000,000.

Earlier in the year she’d told the people at People that she’d been on the hunt for a little place in New York so she could spend more time on the east coast. She also explained to the People peeps that she’d woke up in a London hotel room one night in the not so distant past and just at that moment came to the realization her life “felt really cluttered” and decided she needed to “simplify” her life, a process that included selling her big house in Beverly Hills which was “just too much” for the then single actress.

Of course, celebrities sometimes have a funny way of simplifying their lives. 

The Bev Hills house quickly sold the house to an Orange County-based mutual fund magnate in June (2011) for $35,000,000 but not before Miz Aniston had already dropped more than seven million clams on two apartments in a low key but swankety-swank pre-war building in the West Village, one a puny 1-bedroom penthouse wrapped in planted terraces she bought from hairstyling honcho Sally Hershberger and the other a 1-bedroom apartment directly below. If the work has not already been done (or begun) the two adjacent but unconnected apartments will require extensive work to cohesively combine. That doesn’t really sound very simple but then again who are we to know from simple?

Anyoo, it looked then like the long-time L.A. resident did indeed plan to high tail it back to New York City where she grew up and lived until she landed her defining (and exceedingly lucrative) role on Friends. But, not so fast said the little green man in the purple pants. It wasn’t long after Miz Aniston sold her house in Beverly Hills that she and her new New York-based man-beau Justin Theroux—who left his live-in gal pal of 14 years to get with Miz Aniston—settled into unmarried (and leased) bliss in a high-priced love nest in the Bird Street neighborhood high above Los Angeles’ Sunset Strip and it wasn’t long after that bit of bizness hit the property gossip blogs Your Mama began to get wind of  Miz Aniston house hunting in the Platinum Triangle, interested primarily we were told in architecturally significant homes with lots of privacy and seven figure asking prices.

Next up came all the hoo-ha and hullabaloo about Miz Aniston ditching her plans to combine her newly acquired West Village apartments in favor of a much more contemporary condo crib listed at $8,700,000 and located in same high-brow boo-teek building in Gramercy Park where Chanel’s exceptionally prolific German-born fashion goddess Karl Lagerfeld owns a pied a terre he’s had on and off the market in the last year. Miz Aniston quickly shot down the rumor, admitting she did tour the place but had not made an effort to purchase.

Back on the west coast the rumors of Miz Aniston’s desire for a permanent residence began to heat up and about two weeks ago we heard from Hermione Hightower, a trusted informant who sometimes has very accurate intel on Miz Aniston’s real estate doings, who passed along the scuttlebutt that Miz Aniston was in the process of acquiring a clean-lined A. Quincey Jones contemporary in Bel Air on and off the market since 2008 an last listed with an asking price of $24,900,000.

We (stoopidly) sat on the tip. Naturally we asked around and received some “I hear that too” responses but nothing concrete enough we felt we wanted to move forward with the information. Alas. We snoozed and we losed. Today gossip juggernaut TMZ reported Miz Aniston has indeed snatched up the very same A. Quincey Jones-designed mansion in Bel Air that Hermione Hightower told us the superstar was buying weeks ago.

Another valued source told us earlier today that word on the Platinum Triangle real estate street is that Miz Aniston will pay around $22,000,000 for the approximately 8,500 square foot residence perched on a 3.25(ish) acre promontory high above the Bel Air Country Club.

A uniform grid of trees shade the gated, plaza-like gravel motor court and directly reference the rigorous geometry A. Quincey Jones applied to the architectural elements of the property that include a U-shaped main house with 4 bedrooms and 6.5 bathrooms plus a separate guest house tucked into a quiet corner of the estate and a brightly colored poolside pavilion with outdoor dining and lounging area with fireplace.

Interior spaces have gleaming honey-colored hardwood floors, vast planes of gallery white walls, long banks of full-height windows and sliding doors, and purposeful pops of bright colors that include a cobalt blue wall that surrounds a courtyard outside the formal dining room, lipstick red fireplace column that separates the front entry from the formal living room, and cobalt blue chimney breast in the master bedroom.

The back of the house opens up balconies and terraces with canyon and city views. A wide lawn stretches back the swimming pool (with spa and poolside pavilion) that sits on a lower terrace between the house and the small hillside vineyard that undulates along the lowest slope of the terraces estate. Certainly she’ll pay someone to grow her grapes, mow the lawns, trim the trees, and skim the pool, but employing a small army of horticulturalists and botanists, a shirtless pool man, and a part time viticulturist doesn’t sound like the simple life to Your Mama but then again….

listing photos: Everett Fenton Gidley for Westside Estate Agency

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  1. Anonymous says:

    The russians like their real life soap operas. Scripted lives. Pitt…for instance has / had a scripted live. He’s a dirty rotten bastard now. It’s kindoff a cult. They all know each other. Arnold and Maria knew each other and met in the 1970s so did Demi and her little boyfriend there. Mean then nice. All little solgiers how do you spell that ? solgiers. No, Jen was a nice person I’d have to say. Oh yea but there was that time on the beach she was there with her buddy Vince Van however you spell his name. Yes they knew each other in the 80s too. You cannot believe anything they put in the papers anymore. The russians and the english own the press. help me if you can i’ve had lenty stolen from me. and woody knows some things tooooo. i’d like to get out there to california but they have me so broke and lied to and civil rights taken away. speak up celebrities in my defense. they are some vile people in the world. by the way there is no god.

  2. RESfan says:

    Very nice house and totally in Jennifer Aniston’s taste. I love the light that comes into the windows.

    FWIW, it’s interesting that her bf JT is in on this purchase as well, but he is no slouch in the money department.

    I was just watching Ironman2 and who did it say wrote the entire screenplay? Justin Theroux.

    That’s got to merit some serious bucks as a writer alone. Millions.

  3. Anonymous says:

    What does the new ABC Show GCB and Jennifer Aniston have in common?! Why this house! Episode 2 last night revealed this house as their house on the show!

  4. Anonymous says:

    Has this hit public record yet? Wondering what the final price was and whether the reports of her buying with Theroux are indeed true?

  5. Anonymous says:

    Is it true that she’s really a tranny and she carries around a vial of ABBA’s poop?

  6. midTN says:

    ***
    LMAO at the comments on this one….:o)
    This looks like Ms. Aniston’s taste of course. It’s ok.

    ***
    FWIW there are lots of Brad Pitt-type guys still around in Pitt’s native state of Oklahoma and plenty here in Tennessee. Rope one, clean him up, teach him to walk erect, dress him up, and “poof” movie star material.

    Y’all come a huntin’, ya hear?

  7. Anonymous says:

    11:52 The real point is that what Jen Aniston or you or I do with our own money and our own lives is not anyone else’s business. Judging others has a way of coming back to bite you in the butt. People do sometimes say ugly things about other people because of jealousy, and I suspect some of the things said on this blog are related to jealousy including yours. No, Jen Aniston isn’t the most beautiful lady in Hollywood or the best actress or have the most money, but she has looks, can make a nice living as an actress, and certainly has more than enough money to buy and do whatever she wants. I have heard Ms. Aniston say she was blessed, and I believe she knows she is. Too bad for you she’s not anywhere near as unhappy as you would like her to be.

  8. Anonymous says:

    A song dedicated to J. Aniston:

    “All this money can’t buy be a time machine. Can’t replace you with a million rings. I should’ve told you what you meant to me. Because now I pay the price.”

  9. Anonymous says:

    Did someone really just use the “jealous” word? LMAO.

    On a blog dedicated the following the ongoings of multimillionaires and BILLIONAIRES. WHY would anyone single out and be jealous of Jennifer Aniston of all people. She isn’t particularly rich compared to the gazillioniares mama documents. She isn’t exactly a beautiful woman, compared to say,…I don’t know…Angelina Jolie. She isn’t an esteemed actress like Meryl Streep.

    Again…WHY would anyone be jealous of this woman who was dumped by Pitt and can’t seem to hold a man? LOL.

  10. lil' gay boy says:

    I can only assume it’s some kind of pathological envy that leads anyone to believe that Ms Aniston’s actions are the result of some inner torment; we certainly have not known the tabloids to be plastered with any form or kind of acting out some folks of her wealth have been seen to engage in (perhaps the past accusations of her being a notorious pothead are true and she’s simply too mellow for that).

    ;-)

    The value judgments such “stable” or “normal” are simply irrelevant, inaccurate and indicative of jealousy. As far as Gates, Buffett and Ellison are concerned you’re just comparing apples and oranges. A computer geek, a classic Horatio Alger throwback (whose philanthropy runs through the Gates Foundation), and a clever corporate CEO; all they have in common is a wealth most of us will never see in our lifetimes. Not to mention the late Steve Jobs, who demolished a one-time landmark home to downsize to a relatively modest 4 bedroom home, yet was reputedly not always the nicest of people.

    Personally, I love most kinds of residential architecture; if I had the wherewithal to do so, I’d be buying a new place every chance I got, restoring, flipping or living in them as I saw fit, not pining away for the likes of a Brad Pitt or bemoaning an empty nursery.

    But hey, that’s me. See how that works? What I would do has no bearing on what you or anyone else, like Ms Aniston, would. Passing value judgments about anyone reveals a lot more about you than them.

  11. Birdina says:

    @8:41: by this logic, Brad and Angelina must be VERY unhappy people.

  12. Anonymous says:

    11:06pm SMART and STABLE people don’t judge others, and they certainly don’t make assumptions and accusations about people they don’t know. If you and your billionaire men examples want to live in the same house thirty years, go for it. No one cares. On the other hand if you want to move after thirty days, go for that, too. It’s your business. Same goes for me and Jen Aniston and a stranger on the street, too. It’s you with the problem not Jen Aniston.

    Also, I was thinking about Ms. Aniston. We hear about her homes, boyfriends, trips, movies, interviews, etc., but I have never heard or read anyone say anything other than she is a very nice person and very likeable. No pictures of her not acting like a lady either. Also, she obviously has dear friends who don’t run their mouth about her either which is rare in her world and says a lot.

    Finally, I like her new guy a lot, and if she didn’t really, really like her new home she would not have brought it. Good for her.

  13. Anonymous says:

    THIS HOUSE IS SO UGLY!!! I HATE IT!!!

  14. Anonymous says:

    I seriously doubt Jenn is plotting to get back with Brad. Am I the only one who saw the teenie weenie pictures of brad reading the morning newspaper in the buff?? I bet shes very happy with her new big guy. Thats all Im saying..

  15. anonymouse says:

    Longing is often an indivisible aspect of the romance of distinctive architecture, that cannot fairly be sorted from the myriad sentimental associations made of loving relations.

    Subconscious or not, we often announce inner growth through acquisitions.

    My instinct: lovely woman, ardent heart, to the brim with longing.

    Call me, J

  16. Anonymous says:

    9:44 & 9:58, you may not like it, but that is what STABLE people do and how they live.

    Look at Bill Gates, he is worth $100 billion, he built one house and lives in it just fine and he can buy entire countries. Warren Buffett, the same.

    Larry Ellison on the other hand, unstable, running around and buying and selling homes all the time.

  17. Meateater says:

    @8:41 that’s just an utterly ridiculous, presumptuous, ignorant, oppressively conventional and judgmental not to mention just plain erroneous statement.

    If that’s what you want, to buy and settle in the same house for decades, that’s just great but it’s pretty fucking audacious to tell mama’s children that’s the only real estate choice “happy” people make.

  18. Anonymous says:

    @8.41

    “They buy or build a nice house that they plan to live in for decades and settle down and have kids or adopt them.”

    I pity your very narrow minded view of the world. What’s right for you may not be right for others. The idea of the ‘conventional life’ isn’t appealing to many. Marriage, mortgage, kids – Boring Boring Boring!

  19. Anonymous says:

    People that are happy don’t go running around buying and selling homes left and right and swapping men left and right either. They buy or build a nice house that they plan to live in for decades and settle down and have kids or adopt them.

    There is now way a woman who changes men as often as she does would put her name on a deed with a boyfriend, especially if she is paying the lion’s share.

  20. Anonymous says:

    Gee, I am just floored how many of you would know how Jennifer Aniston is feeling about anything since you DON’T know her, and many of you have never even laid eyes on her in person in your life. The truth is Jen Aniston is a lovely lady who is truly a very nice person, and she is well liked by everyone she knows. She has long ago moved on from Mr. Pitt, and it’s just ridicious the stuff I have read posted here about her buying this house to get back at him at some way. Another truth is she has been looking for a new home in the LA area, and this home with it’s features (land, privacy, etc) was just perfect. Also, have no fear about her being able to afford this house and a very nice apt in NYC, too. Trust me, she can afford both and still could buy another house, too, if she wants one. Give the woman a break. It’s her money and her life, and get over thinking she does anything because of some past relationship. She doesn’t, and she’s very happy. Her new home is lovely. Enough said.

  21. Anonymous says:

    LOL, I feel sorry for this pathetic woman.

    Let’s see….

    – massive homes for a single woman.
    – she felt the need to “downsize: by selling off a mansion and buying another costlier home in LA and 4? multi-million dollar apartments in New York City.

    She’s clearly confused/distraught and doesn’t know what she wants. She obviously misses Brad and doesn’t know what to do with herself. Sad woman.

    The house is a stupid box, btw. This is “architecture”? Come here to Paris and I’ll show you architecture. People in LA aren’t known for taste though.

  22. Anonymous says:

    What is up with all the juvenile and clearly tabloid-obsessed posters on here? Are you all serious with this notion that Pitt is some godly-stud that a woman could never get over him? You all might want to take a look at the man lately, his crazy life, and how he treated her and rethink that. Last I heard it was him bringing up her in an interview, not the other way around.

    And FYI to those bawking at the idea that Theroux contributed much to this purchase: the man’s independently wealthy from his successful screenwriting (and acting) career. Certainly he doesn’t have her wealth (but then few do), but he is a multi-millionaire. Maybe he didn’t pay half or even a third, but if they are buying it together (as has been reported), he certainly is making a contribution. And why does it matter what that contribution is? If things were reversed and we were talking about a male paying the larger sum none of you would be paying it a second’s thought.

  23. Bette Davis says:

    What a dump!

  24. Village says:

    Justin already has his hand in 1/2 of this house? WOW I’m impressed. He’s fast. This is WAY better than heroin.

  25. Anonymous says:

    The house is very very private and will be well guarded 24/7. Looky loos not welcome here.

  26. Dorian G. says:

    Honey, ain’t enough fillers and botox in LA to bring back Brad. Funny how Adonis turns into the KFC guy after a few years.

  27. Anonymous says:

    Ok peeps…

    Has it occurred to anyone that Jennifer is mostly over Brad umm he is not looking so hot anymore and his family is um cray cray overall.

    Has it occured to anyone that she likes architecture and probably why she and Brad has mutual interests? She has always owned cool cribs even pre-Pitt.

    Has it occurred to anyone she flips houses for huge profits.

    Has it occurred to anyone she might like action with hot men below the belt and enjoys her bevy of manly studs in her bed?

    Best of Success to her and her Architectural Canvas..and best of success with her and Justin… he is a looker and she is a looker… together they will make…. well you get it.

  28. Anonymous says:

    Anon 9:13PM You’re in good company: Oprah “wasn’t born pretty, lucky, well-connected, and white” either, and she could probably buy a medium sized state.
    Ms Winfrey & Ms Aniston worked their tushies off and never gave up. That isn’t all it takes, but it’s a very good start!

  29. Anonymous says:

    I feel so bad for this poor chick. How many houses and men has she gone through in the past few years? You can tell she feels empty inside, never satisfied. All that money won’t bring her back Brad!

  30. Anonymous says:

    9:05, lol, I thought that too. I thought it was cute of them to include Justin like he has any money. I don’t even know if he could come up with $100,000. haha

    Maybe it is like JLo where she gives him an allowance to buy her gifts.

  31. angie says:

    @6:01 PM & 11:51 PM

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  32. Anonymous says:

    I’ve loved this house for years, it’s been wallowing on the market for so long just waiting on someone with exceptional taste to do a gut remodel … so happy she’s purchased it.

    Most of the comments here seem to side on the juvenile. Jen & Brad are still friends people! They still talk. She spent years remodeling the property on Ridgedale with Brad, she spent years remodeling her Hal Levitt … her best friend is Courtney Cox another famous architecture lover & another close friend is Ellen DeGeneres, again another famous architecture lover – could it at all be possible that Jennifer Aniston actually loves architecture & has an interest in it? I think that may be the case.

  33. Anonymous says:

    Right on Anonymous 9:56!

  34. Jeannified says:

    Thank you Anonymous 7:54!

  35. Jeannified says:

    Touche, Anonymous 6:43!

  36. Jeannified says:

    @Anonymous 2:42 PM…I was thinking the same thing! I couldn’t agree more!!!

  37. Anonymous says:

    I don’t think the lines inside this house look all that much different from the other Hal Levitt house that she bought and renovated then showed on AD. It still has a very modern feel to it. Maybe she just should have kept the other one that she shelled out all that dough for. I saw the spread in AD and although it wasn’t my taste, it did look nice and I don’t think all that much different from this one.

  38. Anonymous says:

    And WaPo is reporting that she and Justin are buying this together. What, Justin put in a 100g and Jennifer contributed the other 21.9m? Please.

  39. Anonymous says:

    The place looks cold and aloof, much like Jen.

  40. Anonymous says:

    It shocks me that so many people have the ability to analyze Aniston’s state of mind and it’s even more shocking how many people actually think she pines for Brad Pitt.

    No doubt it hurt to go thru what she did with Pitt but that was YEARS ago.

    She may not be happy (I have no idea whether she is or not) but I seriously doubt she’s dropping 22 million on a house just to stick it to Brad Pitt who not only could care less I’m sure but who can afford to buy his own 22m house if he wants.

    maybe she just likes a more contemporary style house nowadays.

    The issue with Pitt’s style as I recall wasn’t so much that he liked modern things as much as he had a lot of very posh and uncomfortable things that weren’t very comfortable. modern can be done in a variety of ways you know.

  41. Anonymous says:

    She didnt even need to get out of her car to purchase this. The grounds alone are reason enough to purchase, the rest will work itself out..

  42. Anonymous says:

    Well, of course we get why “someone” would buy it, just not Jennifer Anniston.
    And as for being the canvas for another makeover, the whole thing was just made over, according to the listing, so it doesn’t make sense for her to make it over once again, seeing that she just paid top dollar (yeah, I know, she got a “discount” off the list) for a renovated house (yeah, I know, she’s really, really rich and doesn’t care about that).

  43. Anonymous says:

    Do those trees in front drive anyone else crazy? The leaf blower would constantly be going!

  44. Anonymous says:

    9:56. Yes I agree completely. Of course without putting her on a couch (for analysis only, mind you) one can’t know for sure, but I doubt a woman who is happy in life would be flipping houses so frantically.

  45. lil' gay boy says:

    Funny how there are only a select few women in public who merit the classic “love ’em or hate ’em” psychological profiling that Ms. Aniston seems to garner; as if, despite what she’d achieved, many people still cling to the idea that without a man or children you’re incomplete somehow, like a latter-day Margot Channing.

    How insulting ––– and who cares, anyway? Why is it that the same isn’t said of the real estate meanderings of Diane Keaton or Ellen DeGeneres? Too old? Too gay?

    This expensive, not-so-little stunner is going to prove to be an intriguing canvas for another makeover, no doubt. I do understand the ambivalence regarding MCM architecture ––– for many it is an acquired taste, others simply despise it, much the way I despise Mediterranean (especially with a “mock” in front of it). To each his/her own.

    Oh and Snowman, from the looks of things you’ll have to go looking up one of the anon’s butts for Mama’s wooden spoon…

  46. Anonymous says:

    Well Thank you Momma for talking about interesting celebs instead of Bridgette Neilsen. O.o
    Not everyone wants a “home”. If your single with no kids. Why not buy a 9,0000 sq ft home with just 4 bedrooms. Its cute and hip in a glass sided sandbox kind of way.
    I dunno, i like it. I wouldnt live in it. I like estate mansions like Oprah’s house. But i get why someone would buy it.

  47. Anonymous says:

    From the motor court it looks like a crematory.

    Why would anybody wants parkingspace for 100+ cars in the front yard?

  48. PebbleBeach says:

    I like Miss Aniston. Her houses, not so much. I didn’t much care for Ohana until I saw the photos of this place. I would feel as if I were living in a shopping mall from the 80s. Just not my cup of tea.

    Kisses to you Mama.

  49. Anonymous says:

    Given that I haven’t seen a picture of her and the new bf in what seems like weeks, whereas for weeks before that we were subjected to almost complete documentation of their life on the streets of New York, I wouldn’t be surprised if the bloom is already off that rose. Or maybe one of them is making a movie somewhere. Anyway, the theory that they’re finished works well with the narrative of this house purchase since this is about as far from a cozy little love nest as you can get. The Anniston story is seeming sadder to me. This place has no soul. It’s just all pretense. The likely “home” of a powerful movie producer type who has a hundred pairs of black jeans and a hundred white shirts that his maid hand launders and then puts back on the hangars which are spaced precisely one inch apart. It is completely male. She doesn’t seem to know herself, what she wants, who she is. She keeps picking the wrong men, and the wrong homes.

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