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Jessica Chastain reveals she rented Kyle Richards' Bel Air home 'without realizing'

The Hollywood actress lived in the distinct mansion before it later sold for $6.1 million – we investigate

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The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills star Kyle Richards was Jessica Chastain's former landlady – the actress has revealed – but she didn't realize it at first. 

Jessica, the Academy Award winner best known for The Eyes of Tammy Faye, Molly's Game, and (most recently) The Good Nurse, stayed in the luxury Bel Air home before Kyle sold it through her husband Mauricio Umansky's real-estate company, The Agency. Before selling, Kyle also allowed her co-star, socialite Sutton Stracke to live in the property. 

Appearing on Watch What Happens Live (as seen below), Jessica revealed: 'I don't even think anyone knows, so I'm going to say this for the first time. I rented Kyle's house... I swear that's true... before Sutton rented it,' Jessica told host Andy Cohen. 'And I didn't realize it. My husband had picked it out.'

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Kyle Richards' former home exhibits distinct, monochromatic entryway ideas that may be associable with fans of the Bravo show. 'I said, "how do I know this place?" Jessica reveals. The actress remarked how she had seen the 'black and white checkered tile in the entrance' before. 

However, the truth came to light when Jessica and her husband, Gian Luca Passi de Preposulo, encountered a problem with their movie theater room – and Mauricio Umansky 'showed up' to fix it. 

Following Jessica Chastain's residency, People (opens in new tab) reported that Kyle and Mauricio rented the home to Sutton Stracke for $20,000 a month. In 2022 – after four years on the market – the couple sold the house for $6.1 million after moving to Encino, Los Angeles, in 2017. According to the listing, the 6,250-square-foot home has seven bedrooms, eight-and-a-half bathrooms, and a series of luxury amenities, including the aforementioned screening room. 

Though Jessica didn't expand on the property's exterior, images of the backyard show a large putting green and a private tennis court alongside a lounge area and swimming pool.

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Once again, avid viewers of The Real Housewives may associate the setting with Kyle's famed white parties that were held around the swimming pool and the lounge terraces.

What city does Jessica Chastain live in?

Jessica Chastain may have done her time on the West Coast (in Kyle Richards' Bel Air home), but she now primarily lives in a 19th-century brownstone townhouse on the Upper West Side in New York. The property, which sits on the fringe of Central Park, has a large parlor level showcasing original Victorian features such as intricately molded ceilings and a wood-burning fireplace. 

Megan Slack
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Megan is the News and Trends Editor at Homes & Gardens. She first joined Future Plc as a News Writer across their interiors titles, including Livingetc and Real Homes. As the News Editor, she often focuses on emerging microtrends, sleep and wellbeing stories, and celebrity-focused pieces. Before joining Future, Megan worked as a News Explainer at The Telegraph, following her MA in International Journalism at the University of Leeds. During her BA in English Literature and Creative Writing, she gained writing experience in the US while studying in New York. Megan also focused on travel writing during her time living in Paris, where she produced content for a French travel site. She currently lives in London with her antique typewriter and an expansive collection of houseplants.