Scarlett Johansson and Ryan Reynolds Play House in Louisiana

The rarely photographed couple make a Louisiana purchase -- a country house with a barn -- that seems nearly paparazzi-proof

When married lovebirds Scarlett Johansson and Ryan Reynolds sold their home in Los Angeles, many expected they'd be moving into their New York City apartment for good. But it looks like the couple may be relocating to another LA instead: the state of Louisiana.

The couple, married for a year-and-a-half, recently purchased a farmhouse in the Southern state. Their new home looks more like a '50s housewife's fantasy than a celebrity dwelling: it has seafoam green shutters, a big front lawn, and a rusty tin barn out back. It's the kind of house that makes you want to have a barbeque and invite the neighbors.

Why would two wealthy, young A-listers invest in a modest, middle-class home? Well, first of all, it's adorable -- just like Scarlett, 25, and Reynolds, 33. It's also far from the paparazzi. And the couple seems to be drawn to fixer-uppers: they renovated their L.A. home with solar heating. Of course, it's likely that the place was also very cheap. We found similar Louisiana properties online for $300,000 or less; a star of Johansson's caliber could easily drop that much cash on a shopping trip, let alone a real-estate investment.

The actors may also be motivated by the same impulse that convinced Sandra Bullock, Angelina Jolie and Brad Pitt to buy homes in Louisiana: a desire to help restore the disaster-stricken state (first hit by Katrina, now by BP). Then again, those stars all purchased homes in the urban hotspot of New Orleans. While the location of Johansson and Reynolds' house hasn't been revealed, the mid-century architecture and large property make us think it's off the beaten path. The couple has kept their home on NYC's Upper East Side, so maybe the Louisiana farmhouse will be a place where they can get sneak away and play house. Is it possible that the rich and famous secretly fantasize about mowing lawns?

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