Here’s what we know about the stunning California castle that Brad Pitt bought for $40 million

Brad Pitt just donated over $40 million to a historic cliff top home on the California coast. The megastar — who once said “while acting is my profession, architecture is my passion” — bought the famous DL James House in a deal that the Wall Street Journal described as “one of the most expensive shows ever closed in the Carmel area.” Suspended above the bluffs of the Carmel Heights, the Mediterranean sandstone castle was built a century ago by famed Arts and Crafts architect Charles Greene to resemble Tintagel in Cornwall, England — the medieval fort where King Arthur was born, legend says. Built in 1918 for Kansas City businessman D.L. James, the house was later lived in by James’s son, controversial writer Daniel Lewis James. James is best known for writing about Chicano culture in Los Angeles and has kept his identity secret for most of his life. He was later criticized for choosing instead the alias Danny Santiago as he achieved fame, and more recently, the property was owned by Chicago financier Joe Ritchie, who died earlier this year. The house is also known as “Seaward” and has been described by critic Randell Makinson as “a unique monument in this country.” Built of granite and sandstone extracted from the cliffs there, MacKinson wrote, “The stone structure appears to have grown out of its position over the rocky cliffs south of Carmel. In places it is difficult to ascertain where the rocks of nature and human building ended. Genius began.” Gibson Beach, between Pacific Coast Highway and the ocean, the house is the latest addition to Pete’s property, which includes the said Briarcliffe Manor house in Los Angeles. He bought a house from the mansion from Cassandra Peterson, known as the horror stewardess Elvira. The sale marks the newest celebrity home in and around Carmel where former Mayor Clint Eastwood has long resided. Most recently, the home of the late Betty White sold for nearly $5 million above the asking price of $7.95 million.

Brad Pitt just donated over $40 million to a historic cliff top home on the California coast.

The megastar — who once said “while acting is my profession, architecture is my passion” — bought the famous DL James House in a deal that the Wall Street Journal described as “one of the most expensive shows ever closed in the Carmel area.”

Suspended above the bluffs of the Carmel Heights, the Mediterranean sandstone castle was built a century ago by famed Arts and Crafts architect Charles Greene to resemble Tintagel in Cornwall, England — the medieval fort where King Arthur was born, legend says.

The coast is in Carmel, near Brad Pitt's new home.

Built in 1918 for Kansas City businessman D.L. James, the house was later lived in by James’s son, controversial writer Daniel Lewis James. James is best known for writing about Chicano culture in Los Angeles and has kept his identity secret for most of his life. He was later criticized for going instead under the pseudonym Danny Santiago as he achieved fame.

Most recently, the property was owned by Chicago financier Joe Ritchie, who passed away earlier this year.

The house is also known as “Seaward” and has been described by critic Randell Makinson as “a unique monument in this country.”

Built of granite and sandstone extracted from the cliffs there, MacKinson wrote, “The stone structure appears to have grown from its position over the rocky cliffs south of Carmel. In places it is difficult to ascertain where the rocks of nature ended and where man’s construction ended. Genius began.”

Located south of Gibson Beach, between Pacific Coast Highway and the ocean, the house is the latest addition to Pete’s property, which includes the said Briarcliffe Manor house in Los Angeles. He bought a house from the mansion from Cassandra Peterson, known as the horror stewardess Elvira.

The sale marks the newest celebrity home in and around Carmel where former Mayor Clint Eastwood was a longtime resident. Most recently, the home of the late Betty White sold for nearly $5 million above the asking price of $7.95 million.

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