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Parting duo to sell home

Los Angeles, Oct. 3: Jennifer Aniston and Brad Pitt, whose highly publicised breakup in January made as much of a splash as their million-dollar fairy tale wedding in 2000, have quietly listed their Beverly Hills estate for $28 million.

Last week, a select group of realtors got a peek inside. Little evidence remains of the actors, who decided to sell the acre-plus estate as part of their divorce settlement. The closets are empty and the furniture, except for the bed in the master suite, is gone.

The stars, who only lived in the home for a year or two, have moved on, both to Malibu, where he bought a midcentury home for $8 million in April and she has been renting a $15-million house since spring. Both also have Hollywood Hills homes that they purchased before they were married.

They bought the refurbished Beverly Hills home for about $13.5 million in 2001.

The pair then spent two years working on the French Normandy house, built in the 1930s for actor Fredric March. The couple’s tastes in d'cor are among their differences. She likes comfy, he likes modern, among other styles ' his Los Feliz home, which he restored, is a Craftsman. Pitt is known to have an obsession with architecture.

Realty agents who have seen the house, report it has some high-end features: a screening room with 35-mm equipment and black leather seating; Brazilian mahogany floors; a stainless-steel kitchen; and an art studio with skylights. The lacquer finish on the white living room walls was likened by one to the glossy surfaces of a Ferrari.

The master bedroom suite had separate sitting rooms, one for him and one for her. One was turned into an enormous closet. On the ground level, a pub has glass walls opening to an outdoor fireplace, pool and spa and a lawn leading to a tennis court.

The exterior of the walled and gated 10,000-plus-square-foot house was meticulously restored to its original look.

The couple planned to build a guesthouse but never started construction.

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