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Adrien Brody's Fairy-tale Castle

November 13, 2008 at 10:30 AM | by | ()

If you’ve been following our Chasing Michigan series, you know that right now Adrien Brody is in Howell, Michigan filming the movie "High School." But what you may not know, is that when Brody isn’t jet-setting to movie locations, he's relaxing in the 19th century castle he recently bought as a birthday gift for his girlfriend, actress Elsa Pataky.

In 2007 Brody bought the Stone Barn Castle in Cleveland, New York, located about 30 miles northeast of Syracuse on the north shore of Oneida Lake. According to the Daily Mail, the actor said he completely surprised his girlfriend with the extravagant gift:

I blindfolded her. Right at the castle there's a giant, beautiful church bell. And I said "When you hear the sound of the bell, you can open your eyes and you'll see your surprise." And then I rang the bell.

He reportedly paid a mere $650,000 for the house and 50 acres of land which were used as a farm museum until the actors moved in. The castle was also once home to an annual Halloween party that drew crowds from across Upstate New York. Since buying the residence, he and Pataky have completely renovated the estate with the help of friends like Giorgio Armani. Unfortunately, the only way to see Brody's new home for yourself is to befriend the "Pianist" star, as the castle is set far off the road and surrounded by fences and tall bushes.

Even though you may not see his castle, you might just see the star himself: Since he bought the castle last year, Brody's been spotted at a local Wal-Mart, Carousel Center Mall in Syracuse and at the Sea Shell Inn in Sylvan Beach. He has also made an effort to support the arts in his new hometown by donating $50,000 to a small theater group in Utica. He even showed up at the opening night of the group's adaptation of "The Wizard of Oz" and accepted the cast's offer to have dinner with them after the show. It seems the thespian is making himself right at home among his new neighbors--and they seem to be embracing him as well.

If you have visited or live in upstate New York and have spotted Adrien Brody, let us know at tips@jaunted.com!

Related Stories:
· Oscar-winner Brody Attends Local Play [Observer Dispatch]
· The 19th Century New York Castle Romantic Film Star Adrien Brody Bought [Daily Mail]
· Stone Barn Castle Farm Museum [Mayfair Campground]
· Chasing Michigan [Jaunted]

[Photo: Daily Mail]

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