Hollywood starlet Halle Berry’s former Montreal-area getaway, described in a listing as “a design masterpiece” with “a perfect balance between rustic and modern,” is up for sale for $1.898 million. The secluded three-bedroom, one and a half bathroom home in the tiny Laurentian town of Saint-Hippolyte was purchased for $1.6 million by the star in 2008 through a Quebec numbered company with L.A. and Beverly Hills-based administrators. At the time, Berry was going out with Montreal male model Gabriel Aubry. Her purchase of the lakefront home, situated on 63 acres of land, including a private forest, generated headlines at the time. And once again, bloggers are abuzz with news of the home’s “barn-like exterior”, “cathedral ceilings” and ”floor-to-ceiling glass windows” that allow for “breathtaking views of your private lake and forest.” The listing is not up yet on the popular MLS.ca website. Instead, I found it on the site of real estate broker to the rich and famous Liza Kaufman, a partner in Sotheby’s International Realty, Quebec. Rumours are already buzzing that the 2,500 square foot home built in 1999 may have found a buyer, although Kaufman said it hasn’t yet been sold.
October 20, 2011