Around the time Ben Affleck and his first wife Jennifer Garner split up in 2018, he shelled out a sizable $19 million for a then brand-new East Coast Traditional mansion set behind gates on more than half an acre above the swanky Riviera Country Club in L.A.’s posh Pacific Palisades.
Now that he’s married to former fiancée Jennifer Lopez, to whom he was engaged 20 years ago, and they’re out shopping for $50 million homes to accommodate their combined families — Affleck has two kids with Garner and Lopez has twins with Marc Anthony, the two-time Oscar-winning movie star, screenwriter, producer and tabloid staple has hoisted his PacPal bachelor pad on to the open market at just under $30 million.
Obscured by a row of small trees planted amid carefully sculpted shrubs, the black-shuttered white brick mansion’s stately columned front porch gives way to 13,500 square feet of A-lister living space; a curved staircase enhances the foyer, the dining room features what marketing materials call a “statement chandelier,” and the gourmet kitchen sports trendy blue cabinets.
A second family room is sheathed in wallpaper, while a home office has with a full wall of built ins. Other highlights include a custom-fitted walk-in closet in the primary suite, a wellness room, and a home theater along with a finished basement that contains a recreation room, climate-controlled wine cellar and gym.
A wall of glass in the family room peels open to a covered dining and lounging patio luxed-up with in-ceiling heaters, a fireplace, and a flat screen TV. Surrounded by trees that blot out neighboring homes, the pancake flat backyard provides plenty of room to spread out. In addition to a boxwood-bordered lawn and a swimming pool with a swooping slide, there’s an outdoor kitchen and a raised bed garden for growing herbs and vegetables. The poolside guest house includes a kitchenette and a bathroom with outside entrance.
Of course, Affleck and Lopez need another house as much as an eel needs a hot air balloon and without question, all their many houses would easily fit their newly blended family. Affleck’s holdings include an 87-acre compound near Savannah, Ga, that he acquired back in 2003 — when he and Lopez dated and got engaged the first time around — and has unsuccessfully tried to sell several times, most recently in 2020 at $7.6 million. And Lopez’s bulging portfolio includes but is not limited to, an eight-acre spread in Bel Air, purchased in 2016 for $28 million from Sela Ward, an 8-bedroom mansion in the Water Mill area of the Hamptons, and a huge New York City penthouse she picked up in 2014 for $20.2 million and has had on and off the market since 2017, most recently last fall at $25 million.
Nonetheless, so the TMZ stories go, after a long search for pricey homes across L.A.’s finer zip codes, Bennifer and their retinue of children and staff have instead rented James Packer’s massive Beverly Hills estate, where they plan to stay until an extensive remodel of JLo’s Bel Air estate is complete.