It looks like Brad Pitt and Angela Jolie, the hot celebrity couple, have decided to buy a historic home in the French Quarter of New Orleans. The home, a 1830s mansion is located in the city that was ravaged by Hurricane Katrina.
The French Quarter, home of the tourist trade, has been struggling to regain it’s footing after the hurricane. Many of the landmark businesses have gone under and crime has gone up in the quarter. This infusion of celebrity may help revitalize the area as Pitt and Jolie are the king and queen of todays celebrity obsessed culture.
“It’s great if they’re here to stay and to be a part of the community,” said Rayna Nielsen, who lives across the street from the early-1830s masonry mansion where the celebrity couple has been spotted in recent weeks. Nielsen said the street was closed off while the couple moved in earlier this month.
Real estate records for the house, which is near the French Market, show it was purchased for $3.5 million in cash on Jan. 2. Neither Pitt nor Jolie are named in the transaction. Mondo Bongo Trust is listed as the buyer. A real estate listing for the property shows the house has a grand spiral staircase, elevator, gourmet kitchen, a large private courtyard and a separate two-story guest house. It also has private parking for two cars — a luxury in the French Quarter. via MSNBC.com.