Brad & Jen's House Sells for $22.5 Million

03/29/2006 at 02:00 PM EST

Brad & Jen's House Sells for $22.5 Million
Jennifer Aniston and Brad Pitt
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A reminder of the good times shared by Brad Pitt and Jennifer Aniston – their lavish Beverly Hills mansion – is changing hands.

About a year after Aniston filed for divorce, an anonymous foreign businessman is said to have paid $22.5 million for the 12,000-sq.-ft. French Normandy-style house. Weeks earlier the ex-couple had agreed to lower the price after the home languished on the market for several months at $28 million.

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The sale suggests the end of an era: When Aniston, 37, and Pitt, 42, bought the house for $13.5 million in 2001, they were Hollywood’s reigning royal couple. They spent two years and a reported $10 to $15 million renovating their castle. After they were done, the home, originally designed by famed architect Wallace Neff for the actor Fredric March, boasted a professional screening room, a spa, an art studio – and a room they had designated as the nursery. (“It’s time. It’s time,” Pitt told PEOPLE in 2004 when asked about the couple’s baby plans.)

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Aniston later admitted that she never cared for Pitt’s modern – and somewhat uncomfortable – design style. When asked what she liked about being on her own, Aniston quipped to Vanity Fair last year, "I can have a comfortable couch."

Good thing she held on to the little cottage she bought in 1995. "It's teeny-teeny tiny," she told Vogue in 2002. "But it's my favorite place in the world."

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