Matt Damon buys a mansion down the street from his BFF Ben Affleck

This is a story that gives me hope that Oscar winning screenwriters Matt Damon and Ben Affleck might finally, ultimately be ready to start collaborating on a new project after years of rumors and nothing coming to fruition. Matt Damon has just purchased a new mansion just down the street from Ben’s lavish estate in Pacific Palisades, California. These two roll so deep with their families now that in order to get any work done they need to live within walking distance of each other. (Not that anyone walks in L.A.) Can’t they just Skype? Here’s the story, thanks to In Touch:

Matt Damon and Ben Affleck… grew up just two blocks apart in Massachusetts, and were roommates when they first came to LA. Now, Matt, 41, and his family have moved down the street from the Pacific Palisades, CA, ranch house that Ben, 39, shares with his wife, Jennifer Garner and their three children. “Matt was tired of the lack of space in New York,” says a friend, who adds that the buddies are excited to dive into a new project together, a biopic about the life of Boston mobster Whitey Bulger, which will star both actors, with Ben directing. And while Matt is keeping his NYC pad, he’ll be on the West Coast a lot more. “Now that they live so close, they hang out all the time, and their kids are always together,” says the friend. “It’s a perfect situation.”

[From In Touch, print edition, July 9, 2012]

I’m sure they want to make sure they have plenty of time to hangout, and have their kids play together too. It’s nice to imagine. So are we going to see paparazzi photos of Matt’s wife Lucy going out for lunch with Jennifer Garner and their kids? That’s got to be a huge downside for Damon. He’s spoken about how he’s afforded his privacy in New York and I would guess he feels similarly about Miami, where he has a huge house on the water. It’s going to be a big adjustment when he’s stalked every day leaving his house. It’s not like he doesn’t have anywhere else to go, and he can put up with it for a while as he’s cranking out another amazing script with Affleck. It’s about damn time that these two worked together again.

These are the most recent photos I can find of Ben and Matt together and they’re from 2010. (In suits) They better fix that soon. They’re also shown at a poker event in 2009. Credit: Fame Flynet and

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  1. Kimlee says:

    I call BS on this story because Matt likes his privetcy And no way is he moveing next to Ben who the pop seem to be around all the time.

    • Emma - the JP Lover says:

      I don’t know, I think I call B.S. too.

      I just Googled ‘Matt Damon’s new house in Los Angeles’ and all I got were stories from April and May 2012 saying that a ‘knowledgeable’ insider is telling people that Matt bought this house. In the Curb La story, they side the house is still listed for sale and they can’t find any proof that Matt has actually bought the house. They did, however, have incredible photos of the property and inside the house. I think I’ll wait on this one.

      Damon and his family fell in love with New York City while he was filming “The Adjustment Bureau” there in the fall of 2009. At the time he told reporters that if his ladies (he’s married and has four daughters) could survive the NYC winter, they’d probably move there permanently. He said the girls loved their schools and all the ‘cool stuff’ they could do in NYC. He and his wife loved how they could walk to Central Park with the kids and not get harassed (he said he takes a daily run through Central Park and has never been bothered).

      He has said that he stopped dating actresses because he hated all the drama, and he decided not to live in Los Angeles because he hated the spotlight.

      Matty ‘has’ said recently that he misses his pal Ben (who, in my opinion, loves living in L.A. for the reasons Matt hates it), and that sooner or later one of them would probably have to make the big move to one coast or the other, because they’d always imagined their kids growing up best friends, like them.

  2. Jayna says:

    Matt has always said he couldn’t handle the harassment from paps Ben gets. He cited two reasons he doesn’t get it. He’s married to a noncelebrity, but, most importantly, he doesn’t live in LA. He has homes in NY and Miami, so flies under the radar. I don’t believe he plans to live permanently in LA. Maybe he has a movie lined up there and coupled with writing a screenplay with Ben this year they’re temporarily living there. I don’t know.

  3. thumbellina says:

    It took me a second to recognize Matt in the first pic.

  4. Mjolnir says:

    Matt Damon could get it!! All day, everyday!!

  5. cmc says:

    Thanks for the photos of young Matt Damon…swoon! He’s a really nice guy. He stayed at the hotel I work in and was super sweet to everyone!

  6. Chris: now with 10% less negativity says:

    “It’s about damn time that these two worked together again.”

    Agree! It’s time to bring the old firm back. As I’ve said I’ve been going through a Matt Damon phase lately and it was only yesterday that I was thinking that it would good to see him star in a film directed by Ben now that Ben has established himself as a director.

  7. guest says:

    Their not just BFFs, they are also cousins through their mother’s side, so maybe the story is true.

    • Emma - the JP Lover says:

      Hmmmm … I have never heard that. I’ve never read anything in any interview about either Ben or Matt where they said they were cousins. All I’ve read (or heard) in interviews is that after Matt’s parents divorced, his mother moved him and his brother to Cambridge. Matt and Ben, who lived down the street (or around the block?) from each other, soon became fast friends. Matt was 10 and Ben was 8 when they first met.

    • Jane says:

      They are tenth cousins a couple of times removed.

  8. serena says:

    I just love so much those two together! Finger crossed it will be a hit movie!

  9. lucy2 says:

    If true, I hope it doesn’t backfire, privacy-wise. Matt’s been able to stay very low key, and I think it’s been good for him.
    They totally should work together again – Matt acting, Ben directing.

  10. tripmom says:

    They seriously have the best relationship in Hollywood, don’t they?

  11. sara says:

    Matt didn’t buy the house he is renting it while he is in town this summer to film Liberace. But why try and get facts straight.

  12. jan says:

    I call BS on this story because Matt likes his privetcy And no way is he moveing next to Ben who the pop seem to be around all the time
    you guys try to make it seem Ben likes the attention and Matt is a hermit.Matt works a lot and takes his family where his job takes him..Ben stays in L.A because he doesn’t work as much and he has other business and project he does in LA.
    But I’m hoping Matt stays in LA so they can work together again…it would be amazing!

  13. Kosmos says:

    That’s great…I really like Damon, I’m glad they both have been successful. Who knew that they would make it big? Damon has to be my favorite out of the two. He’s got intelligence and a good deal more as a person. He seems stable and his movies are usually very entertaining and well done. These people have huge homes, so living next door for them still affords plenty of privacy !

  14. Gelina says:

    Ben Affleck and Matt Damon were best friends before their celebrity status got in the way. Now, that they are back to together business wise (hopefully great movies will be the end result), and have children to help raise, why not live closer to each other?