Located just 50 miles north of New York City, sits Petra, a heart-shaped island that now belongs to Brad Pitt, after Angelina reportedly shelled out £12.2million to buy it for his 50th birthday.
Pitt is apparently an architect fanatic, so when Jolie discovered that the island’s only two homes were designed by Frank Lloyd Wright, she was sold. Pitt once said,”When I discovered Charles Rennie Mackintosh and Frank Lloyd Wright, it changed my life.”
A source revealed that “as soon as Angelina heard the island was on the market she arranged a viewing. She was really impressed. The house is perfect for romantic getaways or as a family retreat. It’s very private. And Angelina knows the fact the island is in the shape of a heart will mean so much to him.”
The 11-acre island has a helicopter pad and boasts vast expanses of stone, cement, mahogany and skylights. The first cottage was put up in 1950, nine years before Wright’s death. The main house was constructed in 2008 from a Wright plan and is reportedly one of his most spectacular designs.
In 2011, for his 48th birthday, Jolie bought Brad a waterfall in California so he could build a house over it, inspired by Wright’s Fallingwater which the couple visited in 2006.
Cara Armstrong, Fallingwater’s Curator of Education said: “He was incredibly well-informed about architecture. Experiencing Fallingwater in person, hearing the waterfall cascade under the house was better than anything he imagined.”
For my birthday this year, I received a shirt. It was the wrong size.