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Inside Ben Affleck & Jennifer Garner’s $31.9M Family Home Where They Raised Kids before His Nanny Scandal

Junie Sihlangu
May 07, 2022
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Ben Affleck and Jennifer Garner lived in a million-dollar home before their marriage ended in divorce. A scandal that came out after the union failed said Affleck's attention wandered to his three children's nanny.

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In a 2016 Vanity Fair article, Jennifer Garner and Ben Affleck's family of five was described as perfect and something many people aspired to. When Garner spoke about her marriage, she confessed that what people saw in public had been real.

She explained that she and her former husband hadn't been acting the marriage out for the cameras. The actress even confessed how their union had been a priority for her to remain in it; however, her efforts didn't work.

Jennifer Garner during a celebrity sighting in New York City on October 21, 2007. | Source: James Devaney/WireImage/Getty Images

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After it was revealed that Affleck and Garner's marriage was falling apart, media houses started reporting about what they called "Nannygate." The scandal claimed the "Batman VS Superman" star had cheated on his former wife with the children's nanny. 

The actress shared how she and Affleck had been separated for months before hearing about the scandal. Garner emphasized that their marriage didn't fall apart because of the infidelity, and the nanny Christine Ouzounian hadn't been "a part of the equation."

Ben Affleck and one of his two daughters at The Brentwood Country Mart I  Brentwood, California, on June 12, 2010. | Source: Philip Ramey/Corbis/Getty Images

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The star admitted that the cheating was "bad judgment" from her ex-husband as it also caused the nanny to disappear from their children's lives. Months after the damage had been done, Garner was still putting out fires.

She was having conversations about what the word "scandal" meant with her children. After being separated for a long time, Affleck and Garner's marriage eventually concluded after being together for a decade.

Ben Affleck and Jennifer Garner seen with a child on September 18, 2010, in Los Angeles, California. | Source: Jean Baptiste Lacroix/WireImage/Getty Images

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Speaking to The New York Times in 2020, Affleck confessed he still felt guilty about his marriage ending. The actor admitted; however, that he'd managed to move past the shame but added:

“The biggest regret of my life is this divorce."

Jennifer Garner and Ben Affleck at the Oscars on February 24, 2013, in Hollywood, California. | Source: Steve Granitz/WireImage/Getty Images

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The star noted how it was unhealthy for him to obsess over his failures or beat himself up. Affleck acknowledged that he'd made mistakes and did things he regretted but chose to pick himself up, learn from his faults, and try to move on. 

Ouzounian, who was still hogging the spotlight in 2015, was fired from her nanny post after Affleck initially denied that he'd had an affair with her. Garner and her former husband were already separated when the alleged infidelity happened. 

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Garner initially met Affleck in the summer of 2000 while on the set of "Pearl Harbor" while she was married to Scott Foley. Then in the summer of 2002, the pair developed a relationship on "Daredevil" but stayed with their partners. 

In May 2003, the actress filed for divorce from Foley, and in January 2004, Affleck and his then-fiancée, Jennifer Lopez, called off their engagement. By October 23, 2004, Affleck and Garner made their first public appearance as a couple at a World Series.

Ben Affleck with one of his two daughters in Brentwood, California, on June 12, 2010. | Source: Philip Ramey/Corbis/Getty Images

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On April 17, 2005, the "Argo" actor proposed to Garner, and they got married that same year. Five years into their marriage, the star admitted her emotional struggle saying, "I adore going to movie sets and being part of a team trying to create something."

However, she said the challenge she faced was, "I hate to miss even one bedtime with my girls." In 2010, the actress confessed that she'd realized that her professional confidence wasn't equal to her personal one in relationships. 

She revealed she'd felt disconnected and tried to be more like her "Alias" character, who was confident, powerful, and inspirational. Garner knew how to take care of people but never knew how to ask for what she needed in her relationships.

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JENNIFER AND BEN'S RELATIONSHIP WITH THEIR KIDS

Ben Affleck and Jennifer Garner during sighting walking with their daughter Violet on October 13, 2007, in New York City. | Source: Marcel Thomas/FilmMagic/Getty Images

By October 2018, Garner and Affleck's marriage was officially over. The former couple allegedly met with a private judge and lawyers a day after the actress filed to hasten the divorce process after separating in June 2015.

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Part of their divorce settlement saw them sharing joint custody of Violet, Seraphina, and Samuel. Speaking to The Wall Street Journal in 2021, Affleck revealed that the most important thing for him was being a "good father."

Ben and Samuel Affleck seen on November 9, 2013, in Los Angeles, California. | Source: Bauer-Griffin/FilmMagic/Getty Images

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The star explained that he felt boys needed to be taught how to conduct themselves, behave, and what values to have. His father did that for him in a meaningful way, and he wanted to pass that on. 

Affleck might be doing well as a parent, but his children found him uncool because he hilariously thought there was something healthy about embarrassing them! The "13 Going on 30" actress and her ex managed to put their differences aside for the children.

Ben, Violet, and Samuel Affleck seen together on an outing on August 11, 2013, in Los Angeles, California. | Source: JB Lacroix/WireImage/Getty Images

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After initially asking for privacy when they separated, the former couple now visits each other's households to "catch up over coffee" as they navigate co-parenting. The "Peppermint" actress's firstborn daughter, Violet, was born on December 1, 2005.

The former couple's second daughter, Seraphina, was welcomed in 2009. The last addition and only son, Samuel, completed the former family of five in 2012.

THE HOME GARNER AND AFFLECK LIVED IN BEFORE THEIR DIVORCE

The Pacific Palisades Los Angeles home that once belonged to Jennifer Garner and Ben Affleck being shown on August 3, 2021. | Source: Architectural Digest/YouTube

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In 2022, the "Elektra" actress and Affleck's former Pacific Palisades estate was for sale for $57.5 million! The home was more than three acres, was 16,000 square feet, and had three structures.

It was owned by Adam Levine, Maroon 5 frontman, and his wife Behati Prinsloo before putting it up for sale in 2022. Before Affleck and Garner owned it, Hollywood icon Gregory Peck was the previous owner.

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The Pacific Palisades Los Angeles home that once belonged to Jennifer Garner and Ben Affleck being shown on August 3, 2021. | Source: Architectural Digest/YouTube

Levine and Prinsloo fully renovated the estate that boasts ten bedrooms and 14 bathrooms. It also had a separate office building with a gym, a four-bedroom guesthouse where Aflleck stayed after his separation, magnificent landscaping, and a sports court.

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The new buyer will also gain a sauna, walking paths in the garden, and a resort-inspired swimming pool. The home was nestled between lush trees and had a kitchen that had a walk-in refrigerator and top-of-the-line appliances.

The Pacific Palisades Los Angeles home that once belonged to Jennifer Garner and Ben Affleck being shown on August 3, 2021. | Source: Architectural Digest/YouTube

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The Pacific Palisades Los Angeles home that once belonged to Jennifer Garner and Ben Affleck being shown on August 3, 2021. | Source: Architectural Digest/YouTube

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Comfortable and cozy chairs lined the kitchen's island. Natural light was the order of the day for the estate, which had a cathedral ceiling and glass walls in the living room that gave it an indoor-outdoor feel.

The lounge was cozy and welcoming, with a big-screen TV, a bar, and plush couches. A game or screening room boasts a large TV set, a ping pong table, and classic arcade games.

The Pacific Palisades Los Angeles home that once belonged to Jennifer Garner and Ben Affleck being shown on August 3, 2021. | Source: Architectural Digest/YouTube

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The Pacific Palisades Los Angeles home that once belonged to Jennifer Garner and Ben Affleck being shown on August 3, 2021. | Source: Architectural Digest/YouTube

The Pacific Palisades Los Angeles home that once belonged to Jennifer Garner and Ben Affleck being shown on August 3, 2021. | Source: Architectural Digest/YouTube

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The main bedroom looks like something from a five-star hotel with warm colors and an inviting bed. It also has sliding doors that lead out to a private relaxing spot with a table, chairs, and some plants for decor. 

The room has walk-in closets, a dressing area, and a bath with a double shower. The home's gym includes office space and a yoga studio for fitness bunnies, but the estate also allows outdoor relaxation.

The Pacific Palisades Los Angeles home that once belonged to Jennifer Garner and Ben Affleck being shown on August 3, 2021. | Source: Architectural Digest/YouTube

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The Pacific Palisades Los Angeles home that once belonged to Jennifer Garner and Ben Affleck being shown on August 3, 2021. | Source: Architectural Digest/YouTube

It has a classy fire pit surrounded by chairs and more greenery. More fun can be had on the property's basketball court, but the garden also has a playground and a large and inviting swimming pool.

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The estate has lounging areas that give off a spa-like feel. When Prinsloo and Levine bought the house in 2018 for $31,950,000, with a 29% discount from the $45 million asking price because they thought it was homey.

The couple added their own feel to the home, featured in 2021's "Architectural Digest." The estate was initially built by architect Cliff May in 1940, and during the COVID lockdown, Levine and his wife learned to be grateful for the home, with him stating:

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"In a world where nothing ever seems to be enough, our home feels like a genuine unicorn, our perfect sanctuary."

BEN AFFLECK MOVES ON WITH JENNIFER LOPEZ

Jennifer Lopez and Ben Affleck at the 78th Venice International Film Festival on September 9, 2021, in Venice, Italy. | Source: Jacopo Raule/Getty Images

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Garner spoke to Grazia about her separation from Affleck in 2015, confessing that the most challenging thing wasn't that it played out in the public eye. She explained that it was how their children were watching her.

The paparazzi were relentless in following the family during the separation and even stalked them during school drop-off. Garner said they'd lived in the street close to many actors, but the media swarmed her car during school runs. 

Ben Affleck and his daughter Violet Affleck seen on December 10, 2007, in New York City. | Source: James Devaney/WireImage/Getty Images

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She recalled how she never had a day where the paparazzi wasn't around unless she hid, but they'd start swarming again when she was spotted. When the actress's children were smaller, she and Affleck had a way of dealing with their public exposure.

Before proposing to the singer [Jennifer Lopez], [Ben] Affleck told [Jennifer] Garner and their children “ahead of time.”

If something shocking was published, the children were asked to "Let Dad and I talk you through whatever it is." Garner told them that if they saw a photo in a magazine, she would look at it with them, and that could process the feelings that came up together. 

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Ben Affleck and his fiancée Jennifer Lopez at the premiere of "Daredevil" on February 9, 2003, in Los Angeles, California. | Source: Kevin Winter/Getty Images

Now that Affleck has found love again, in the form of rekindling his relationship with Lopez, the actor revealed the steps he took to involve his children. He said he'd considered his three children before restarting the relationship.

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The star explained how his "highest responsibility" was to his children. He shared how he didn't want anything "painful or destructive" to happen to his children as long as he could help it. 

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On the other hand, Lopez respected her boyfriend's stance saying, "I couldn't have more respect for Ben as a father, a co-parent, and a person." Before proposing to the singer, Affleck told Garner and their children "ahead of time."

According to an Us Weekly source, Lopez and Affleck waited a couple of days before publicly sharing their engagement news. Since the divorce, Garner bought a Los Angeles house in 2019 for $8 million and was rebuilding it in 2021. 

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