Just as Wayne and Janet Gretsky and John Legend/Chrissy Teigen moved back into their old neighborhoods and/or homes recently, two-time Oscar winner Ben Affleck is moving back into his old neighborhood in the Pacific Palisades. Just a block away from his former home with Jennifer Garner and their children, Affleck and Lindsay Shookus, Saturday Night Live producer and first time Palisades local, are moving into the Riviera neighborhood.
This newly constructed, never-before-lived-in East Coast style home reportedly sold for $19M. It has 12,850 square feet of living space with 7 bedrooms and 9 bathrooms. The home’s public spaces include a grand, double-height classic center hall entryway with a sweeping, curved staircase; a dining room that comfortably seats 12; a living room anchored by an unadorned black marble fireplace underneath a coffered ceiling and a wood-paneled study/library with a wet bar.
The family room has a white marble fireplace divided from the large kitchen by glass pocket doors. The chef’s kitchen has a 4-stool snack bar, a double- wide island and a breakfast bar. The island and countertops are jet black and the cabinetry is dove grey. Adjacent to the kitchen are a den and a staff bedroom.
A trio of family bedrooms and children’s family room are joined on the second floor by a celebrity-style master suite that includes a sitting are, two elaborate walk-in closets and 2 marble- sheathed bathrooms. Unusual in new homes, the downstairs wet bar, state-of-the-art screening room, fitness studio and secluded staff bedroom.
Easy access via multiple glass French doors to glorious gardens, a soccer pitch sized newly sodded lawn, mature trees and a tile-floored poolside guesthouse with one bedroom and separate kitchen, outdoor kitchen and outdoor fireplace make this home a veritable magical space for family and friends of all ages.
No wonder Affleck chose to return to this Riviera neighborhood and no wonder Shookus choose to escape with him to this house and neighborhood when her SNL shooting schedule allows.
Affleck, in addition to buying, most recently decided to sell his 87-acre Georgia plantation on Hampton Island, some 30 miles south of Savannah. Surrounded by the North Newport River, this property is accessible by permission only. The property is listed for $8.9M.