Brad Pitt let his 105-year-old neighbor live in his $39 million home rent-free.
The extremely generous deal remained private for years, but now a life-long neighbor is revealing the wholesome details.
Neighbor and fellow actor Cassandra Peterson said their community was becoming quite built up, so in an attempt for privacy, Pitt would buy the homes around him as they went on sale.
One of these homes belonged to a man in his 90s called John.
While not intending to become a landlord, Pitt struck a deal with his elderly neighbor.
“He was very, very kind to the husband. His wife passed away and the husband, John, lived there,” Peterson told PEOPLE.
She said Pitt allowed John to continue living at the home despite not owning it anymore.
And he lived there rent-free until the day he died.
Peterson said John lived to be 105, joking that it was probably a lot longer than Pitt expected.
“I imagine Brad was thinking ‘well, you know, he can live there till he dies, which might be any minute now’,” she said.
Brad Pitt bought the 1.9-acre property from Peterson back in 1994.
Back then, Pitt paid $1.7 million for the estate.
It was a very different story when he came to sell it in March of this year.
After holding on to the property for nearly 30 years, Pitt sold it for an eye-watering $40 million.
After selling the home to Pitt back in 1994, Peterson said she moved into another home down the road, becoming a lifelong neighbor to the Mr and Mrs Smith star.
She recalled what it was like to run into the A-lister as she took her dogs for a walk.
“I go past Brad’s garage and he’s in there wearing only sweatpants. He’s got on boxing gloves and he is punching a bag. I swear I almost fainted,” she said.
When the two struck up conversation, Peterson said Pitt was incredibly nice and of course, “stunningly handsome”.