It looks like celebrity couple Angelina Jolie and Brad Pitt have decided to give birth in France this time around (the twins are due this summer). At the Cannes Film Festival, Jolie told reporters, “We are certainly thinking of France.” According to French newspaper Nice Matin, they just signed a 3-year lease on a $70 million chateau on the French Riviera.
The pre-Roman estate sits on nearly 1,000 acres in the South of France and is called Chateau Miraval. It has 35 bedrooms and boasts a vineyard, lake, moat, forest, and 20 fountains. There are both indoor and outdoor pools, his-and-hers gyms, and an enormous banquet hall. The driveway alone is three miles long.
They’re raising their children Maddox, Pax, Zahara, and Shiloh to speak French as a second language. Jolie said at Cannes, “My children are starting to speak French, so being here is very good for them and their language.”
Chateau Miraval is located in a tiny village called Brignol in the Var. The Daily Mail quoted a source who said: ‘Last year Brad and Angelina took a helicopter along the Riviera and they were literally landing in people’s gardens of houses that they liked and were running in to ask if their properties were for sale. They found this one the same way a few weeks ago, and told the owner to name his price.’
The Pitt-Jolies already own multimillion-dollar homes in Cambodia, Berlin, Malibu, New Orleans, and L.A., and rent a $100,000-a-month 5-bedroom suite at the Waldorf. Some have speculated that they were the anonymous bidders behind the modernist Kaufmann House, as I reported last week. (Photos via Us, Huffington Post, and NY Post.)
Brad and Angelina reportedly married at the chateau in a private ceremony attended by close friends and family. They’ve been together since meeting on the set of Mr. & Mrs. Smith in 2005. You can see my post about the house in that movie here:
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