Jennifer Garner has seemed to lead a rather charmed life since she burst onto the scene starring in "Alias", back in 2001. Though she had wracked up a number of supporting roles in both television and film productions, and had played leading roles on a couple of short-lived series, it was not until "Alias" that the public finally paid attention. Since then, she has worked steadily, starring in multiple films since "Alias" ended in 2006. She also married Oscar-winning writer, relatively successful actor, and up-and-coming director, Ben Affleck. The two have managed to have one of the more low-key, seemingly normal relationships in Hollywood, and recently welcomed their third child into the world. They chose to name their son in the same unpretentious vein of their relationship, giving him the moniker, Samuel Garner Affleck. This is a rather nice change from some of their celebrity counterparts' baby name choices, like Audio Science, Jermajesty, or Blue Ivy. The only thing that could be considered ostentatious about the couple, would be their massive ranch located in Pacific Palisades in California. The number of bedrooms is not particularly surprising for a an ever-growing family like the Garner-Affleck clan, but the number of square feet and the many "extras", definitely signify a certain level of career success.
Ms. Garner and Mr. Affleck purchased the 8,800 square foot ranch in 2009 for $17.5 million dollars. This was actually a vastly reduced price from the original listed fee of $27.5 million, so apparently Ms. Garner applied her career charm to the real estate deal and managed to save her family $10 million dollars. The ranch consists of five bedrooms, eight bathrooms, high ceilings, massive picture windows that lend a sense of openness to the entire house, a guesthouse, a swimming pool, a gym, a half basketball court, an office/studio, and gorgeous views. The house has an incredible history as well. Cliff May, the architect who created the "California ranch-style" house, designed it, and it was previously owned by actor Gregory Peck, and then by producer Brian Grazer. It seems like a lovely place to raise a family. Since she is so chill about the rest of her life in Hollywood, we can't begrudge Ms. Garner her one "Hollywood"-style purchase.
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