Brad Pitt, Angelina Jolie Selling Home in New Orleans

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WireImage/GettyAngelina Jolie and Brad Pitt, shown here with local children in 2007, bought their New Orleans home in 2006.

By Melissa Allison

Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie have listed their prime French Quarter mansion for $6.5 million, but a rep tells US Weekly the couple remain committed to New Orleans and will look for “something off the beaten path down the road.”

Pitt and Jolie became involved in philanthropic efforts in the city after Hurricane Katrina in 2005 and bought the renovated 1830s home in late 2006 for Pitt’s filming of “The Curious Case of Benjamin Button.” In 2007, Pitt cofounded Make It Right, a non-profit organization based in New Orleans that builds environmentally friendly homes and other buildings for people in need.

The home the Jolie-Pitts put on the market has five bedrooms, five baths and all the grandness you’d expect from a Big Easy mansion: Venetian plastered walls, marble mantles and fireplaces, crown moldings, a grand spiral staircase and — bringing it into the modern era — an elevator. There’s also a two-story guesthouse.

The couple let actor Jonah Hill crash at the home when he was filming “21 Jump Street.” Hill, a months-long guest, called Pitt “the nicest guy” for letting him stay there but said it came with some fan baggage.

“I would go home every day from work, and there’d be a tour outside and they’d be freaking out,” he told Jon Stewart on “The Daily Show.” “I’d get out of the car, and you could hear a collective audible sigh of annoyance when it wasn’t Brad Pitt.”

The listing photos, alas, include only exterior shots.

 

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Live Like F. Scott and Zelda: ‘Great Gatsby’ House for Sale

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ZillowF. Scott Fitzgerald and his wife, Zelda, rented the seven-bedroom home — since remodeled — in the early 1920s.

By Melissa Allison

If F. Scott Fitzgerald was right that we’re “borne back ceaselessly into the past,” then it’s fortunate when there are photographs to go with those backward glances.

And there are photos to accompany the $3,888,888 listing of the Long Island estate where Fitzgerald began writing “The Great Gatsby,” as first reported by The Wall Street Journal.

Fitzgerald and his wife, Zelda, rented the seven-bedroom, 6.5-bath home for two years in the early 1920s. It has since been remodeled.

Zelda called it “our nifty little Babbit-home at Great Neck,” and it became their base for parties and visits to even more luxurious homes in the vicinity, which eventually became the class-conscious West Egg and East Egg of “Gatsby.”

The Fitzgeralds’ raucous parties here spurred the writing of half-facetious house rules such as, “Visitors are requested not to break down doors in search of liquor, even when authorized to do so by the host and hostess,” according to Andrew Turnbull’s biography of Scott Fitzgerald.

Scott and Zelda left this home in Great Neck for France, where he finished “The Great Gatsby.”

The listing agent is Nurit Weiss of Coldwell Banker.

 

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Robin Thicke Singing a New Tune, Buys a New Spread in Malibu

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By Megan Johnson

Looks like someone’s got a new bachelor pad.

“Blurred Lines” singer and legendary lothario Robin Thicke has dropped $2.395 million on a four-bedroom California spread in tony Malibu. The R&B star, the son of one of the 1980s’ best sitcom fathers, Alan Thicke, has moved in with his 20-year-old girlfriend, April Love Geary. (Alan, by the way, just confessed that he and his wife like to get it on to his son’s music. Yeah, we’re a little disturbed too.)

David M. Benett/Getty Images for Annabel’s/ChopardRobin Thicke and girlfriend April Love Geary at a party during the Cannes Film Festival in France.

The 2,359-square-foot home may be just the place that Thicke needs after his tempestuous split from ex-wife Paula Patton. A single-story, midcentury-style house, it’s the picture of relaxation with ocean and mountain views, a 7,000-square-foot lawn, and 60 fruit trees. The property is also a fully-functioning equestrian compound, with almost two acres of gated land plus a four-stall corral, tack room, and full-size arena.

The house boasts some other interesting aspects: It has a recent “seismic retrofit,” which means it’s prepped to be sturdy in case of earthquakes. And then there’s the eight-line phone system with an intercom, which really isn’t all that surprising if you think about all the girls Robin probably needs to keep in touch with. A beautiful chef’s kitchen with bird’s-eye maple cabinets and quartz countertops complements ash and granite floors.

It hasn’t been all smooth sailing since moving to this chill location at the beach, however. Turns out, Robin’s pet dog likes to party almost as much as he does: The pup apparently got into Robin’s weed stash multiple times and had to be brought to the vet for treatment, Page Six reported.

 

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