In 2009, Sandra Bullock paid a little over $2 million for a Gothic Victorian mansion in New Orleans’ famed Garden District. The five-bedroom home is spacious, with over 6,615 square feet–plenty of room for Sandra and her young adopted son, Louis Bardo Bullock, who was born in the city. The actress even named her little boy after a New Orleans native, jazz musician Louis Armstrong.
Brad Pitt and his partner Angelina Jolie own homes all over the world, from Hawaii to France, including a three-story, 7,400 square-foot house in the French Quarter. The couple and their six children often stay there when they are in town filming movies, such as “The Curious Case of Benjamin Button” and “12 Years a Slave.”
John Goodman has starred in numerous movies and television shows, but when he is not working, the St. Louis native calls New Orleans home. It appears that love brought him to the city. He met his wife, Annabeth Hartzog, a NOLA native, when he came to town in 1988 to film a movie. The two married the following year and put down their own roots in the Crescent City.
Not only does actor Nicolas Cage have a home in New Orleans, but he also plans to make it his final resting place. The actor reportedly bought a pyramid-shaped tomb in the city’s St. Louis Cemetery. And if that wasn’t morbid enough, until 2009, Cage owned the home of famed New Orleans socialite and gruesome slave-torturer Madame Delphine LaLaurie.
You might be surprised to learn that celebrity chef Emeril Lagasse is a native of Massachusetts, but now, he is all New Orleans. He made a name for himself as the executive chef of the world-famous Commander’s Palace during the 1980s, and in 1990, he opened his first restaurant in the city. He owns several Creole-inspired eateries in town, as well as a home.
When Nine Inch Nails rocker Trent Reznor moved into the famed Joseph Merrick Jones House in New Orleans, he probably didn’t know that his next-door neighbor was a city council woman. That could be why the city introduced more anti-noise ordinances shortly after he purchased the mansion. Ironically, John Goodman owns the home now, but Trent reportedly still has property in the city.
The Manning family is a football dynasty, but it happens to be a New Orleans one, as well. Patriarch Archie Manning, who played quarterback for the New Orleans Saints for over a decade, purchased a home in the city’s Garden District and, along with his wife Olivia, raised his superstar sons, Peyton and Eli, and their brother Cooper there. The elder Mannings still live in the city.
Born and raised in Texas, Super Bowl-winning quarterback Drew Brees signed with the New Orleans Saints in 2006, and he and his wife, Brittany, decided to make the city their home. Brees bought a four-bedroom, 4,944 square-foot home uptown shortly after signing his contract. It’s a good thing he opted for a home with space. The couple welcomed three sons between 2009 and 2012.
Most rappers seem to live in Atlanta, New York, or Los Angeles, but Dwayne Michael Carter, Jr., a.k.a. Lil Wayne, is sticking to his roots, with a home in his native New Orleans. He showed off his pad in a 2014 video he posted on YouTube called “Weezy Wednesdays.” Lil Wayne also gave back to the city by building an eco-friendly skatepark in the Ninth Ward.
“House of Cards” star and former “Major Dad” Gerald McRaney grew up in nearby Mississippi, and moved to Louisiana to work in the oil fields before getting into repertory theater in New Orleans. He and his wife, actress Delta Burke, who once owned a home in the French Quarter, say they get back to the city as often as they can.