Brad Pitt's New Digs: A Peek Inside the Steel House
Aileen Getty and Hollywood star Brad Pitt, are playing house swap with a highend twist. After Getty purchased Pitt's $33 million estate, he found himself without a Los Angeles residence. Seeking to downsize, he took a liking to Getty's cozy midcentury modern pavilion, nestled in the Los Feliz foothills.
Getty was delighted to hand over the keys to Pitt, especially since she sold the house to him for $5.5 million, a profit over the $4.1 million she paid Maroon 5's James Valentine for the property in 2019.
The Steel House, as the 2,000-square-foot home is known, was designed by the little-known midcentury architect Neil M. Johnson in 1960. It's primarily constructed from steel and glass and features the iconic squat, rectangular roofline emblematic of the era's Case Study program. For those passionate about midcentury design, the house boasts terrazzo floors, cantilevered eaves, and beamed ceilings.
Valentine bought the property in 2007 and hired renowned designer Mark Haddawy to perform a full restoration. The home is now a vibrant tribute to the 1960s, with retro colors and details throughout. A cool fireplace warms up the combined living and dining room, while a charming terrace offers views of the tropical landscaping and sparkling city lights below. The property also includes a redwood hot tub hidden among the thick foliage and a freestanding sauna building.
All three bedrooms feature striking cobalt blue carpeting, and the kitchen, master bath, and walk-in closet have custom cabinetry painted in a soft blue hue. During Valentine's tenure, one of the two guest bedrooms served as a reading and sitting room. The L-shaped house partially wraps around a sunny backyard, with most of the rooms overlooking the pool and patio area.
It's not surprising that Pitt would be drawn to Getty's house, given his reputation as an architecture enthusiast. He previously owned a modernist Malibu house, which he sold to Ellen DeGeneres, and later paid $40 million for the landmark D.L. James house in California's Carmel Highlands, which is reportedly now his main residence.
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