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Ben Affleck cuddles girlfriend Lindsay Shookus outside his lavish new $19million LA nest

Daily Mail logo Daily Mail 2018-05-25 Natalie Trombetta

Ben Affleck and Lindsay Shookus enjoy coffee while holding hands on January 21, 2018 in New York City. © Getty Ben Affleck and Lindsay Shookus enjoy coffee while holding hands on January 21, 2018 in New York City. Ben Affleck is ready to start a new chapter in his life.

The 45-year-old was spotted cosying up with girlfriend Lindsay Shookus as they surveyed the $19million (£14million) home he just bought in Los Angeles.

Ben bought the house last month near his ex-wife Jennifer Garner, so he can be close to their three children.

Ben Affleck and Lindsay Shookus attend the 2017 US Open Tennis Championships at Arthur Ashe Stadium on September 10, 2017 in New York City. (Photo by Jackson Lee/WireImage) © Getty Ben Affleck and Lindsay Shookus attend the 2017 US Open Tennis Championships at Arthur Ashe Stadium on September 10, 2017 in New York City. (Photo by Jackson Lee/WireImage) The actor looked delighted as he surveyed his purchase on Thursday, dressed in dark jeans and a grey T-shirt.

Although his SNL producer squeeze is reportedly not immediately moving in with him, she seemed just as chuffed with the buy.

a man standing in front of a tree: Congratulations: Ben Affleck was spotted cosying up with girlfriend Lindsay Shookus on Thursday as they surveyed the $19million home he just bought in Los Angeles © Provided by Associated Newspapers Limited Congratulations: Ben Affleck was spotted cosying up with girlfriend Lindsay Shookus on Thursday as they surveyed the $19million home he just bought in Los Angeles The 37-year-old, dressed in tight jeans and a bright yellow and white striped tee, hugged her beau as they stood in the driveway.

She certainly looked comfortable on the property, opting against wearing shoes.

a man standing next to a tree: Take that: Although his SNL producer squeeze is reportedly not immediately moving in with him, she seemed just as chuffed with the buy © Provided by Associated Newspapers Limited Take that: Although his SNL producer squeeze is reportedly not immediately moving in with him, she seemed just as chuffed with the buy The couple were closely followed by a moving truck carrying Ben's things, signalling he was ready to start officially moving into his new pad.

The Batman star once again opted to hire Wetzel and Sons — the infamous harbinger of doom for celebrity couples — who's presence outside a Hollywood home often signals irreparable marital trouble... as was indeed the case for Affleck and Garner back in 2015.

a man standing next to a tree: Make myself at home: She certainly looked comfortable on the property, opting against wearing shoes © Provided by Associated Newspapers Limited Make myself at home: She certainly looked comfortable on the property, opting against wearing shoes On April 11 it was reported the Oscar-winner had  snapped up the stunning $19.2million LA mansion, complete with seven bedrooms, nine bathrooms, a gym, screening room and spa. 

In October last year and later in February, Ben was spotted house-hunting with girlfriend Lindsay, with sources telling People he was on the hunt for a 'a family friendly house'. 

a man standing next to a tree: Co parenting: Ben bought the house last month near his ex-wife Jennifer Garner, so he can be close to their three children © Provided by Associated Newspapers Limited Co parenting: Ben bought the house last month near his ex-wife Jennifer Garner, so he can be close to their three children

a man standing next to a tree: Cosy: She hugged her beau as they stood in the driveway © Provided by Associated Newspapers Limited Cosy: She hugged her beau as they stood in the driveway

Realtor.com described the house as 'an entertainer's dream', with the full listing for the home stating: 'Brand New East Coast Traditional on Napoli Drive in Prime Riviera Palisades. Spacious living room with fireplace, formal dining room with butler's pantry, study with bar...

'Gourmet chef's kitchen with breakfast area opening to a large family room with fireplace and oversized sliding doors leading to the outdoor entertaining area with fireplace. Upstairs master suite with separate sitting area, dual bathrooms and two large walk-in closets along with three spacious additional bedrooms and family room. 

'Downstairs features a screening room, gym, family room with full bar, temperature controlled walk-in wine cellar and maid's room. Expansive beautifully landscaped backyard with pool, spa, outdoor bbq and guest house. Entertainer's dream house.'

a room filled with furniture and a large window: Stunning: Ben snapped up the stunning $19.2million (£13.5million) LA mansion, complete with seven bedrooms, nine bathrooms, a gym, screening room and spa

Stunning: Ben snapped up the stunning $19.2million (£13.5million) LA mansion, complete with seven bedrooms, nine bathrooms, a gym, screening room and spa
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On his house hunt with Lindsay, who he went public with in July last year, the onlooker said: 'Ben is looking to buy a family friendly house. Lindsay shared her opinions, but it was clear that they are not buying a house together.'

Ben was previously residing in a rental property since he departed his home with Jennifer when their divorce was filed in April last year - prior to which he was living in the guesthouse of their shared home.

Speaking to E! News, a source confirmed the news was a bid to maintain their strong family bond in the home, which he is said to have shown the tots already. The insider told the site: ': 'Everyone has a good relationship. They are adults who are co-parenting.'

a close up of a shelf: Wow! 'Downstairs features a screening room, gym, family room with full bar, temperature controlled walk-in wine cellar and maid's room'

Wow! 'Downstairs features a screening room, gym, family room with full bar, temperature controlled walk-in wine cellar and maid's room'
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After their devastating split, which was plagued with rumours of infidelity with their nanny, Christine Ouzounian, Jennifer told Vanity Fair: 'Let me just tell you something. 

'We had been separated for months before I ever heard about the nanny. She had nothing to do with our decision to divorce. She was not a part of the equation. Bad judgment? Yes. It’s not great for your kids for [a nanny] to disappear from their lives. He’s the most brilliant person in any room, the most charismatic, the most generous.

'He’s just a complicated guy. I always say: "When his sun shines on you, you feel it." But when the sun is shining elsewhere, it’s cold. He can cast quite a shadow.' 

a close up of a door: Opening up: After their devastating split, which was plagued with rumours of infidelity with their nanny, Christine Ouzounian, Jennifer told Vanity Fair: 'Let me just tell you something' © Provided by Associated Newspapers Limited Opening up: After their devastating split, which was plagued with rumours of infidelity with their nanny, Christine Ouzounian, Jennifer told Vanity Fair: 'Let me just tell you something' a large green field with trees in the background: Swimming away: The pool was undoubtedly perfect for summer days with the kids, with the clear blue waters contrasting against the bright green lawn © Provided by Associated Newspapers Limited Swimming away: The pool was undoubtedly perfect for summer days with the kids, with the clear blue waters contrasting against the bright green lawn
a dining room table in front of a window: Working hard! The office area seemed to be a haven for thinking and meeting - with light falling perfectly through the greenery © Provided by Associated Newspapers Limited Working hard! The office area seemed to be a haven for thinking and meeting - with light falling perfectly through the greenery

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