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Spears buys Thousand Oaks estate


Los Angeles Times

Pop star and singing competition judge Britney Spears has bought the Thousand Oaks home of former professional hockey player Russ Courtnall and his wife, actress Paris Vaughan.

The property came on the market in August at $8.5 million and was withdrawn from the Multiple Listing Service within a month. A withdrawal is a tactic sometimes used to hide celebrity home purchases. The sales price was not disclosed.

The Mediterranean-style house, built in 2010, is in the Lake Sherwood area. Features include pocket doors, limestone and oak floors, beamed ceilings, two offices, a temperature-controlled wine cellar, a home theater/bonus room, five bedrooms, seven bathrooms and 8,456 square feet of living space.

The 1.42 acres of grounds contain lawns, an infinity pool, a rose garden, an outdoor fireplace and a barbecue center with covered patios. There is a five-car garage plus an enclosed space to park the golf cart.

Spears, 31, got engaged last year to her former agent, Jason Trawick. She joined The X Factor as a judge this year.

Fonda buys

Actress Jane Fonda 74, and music producer Richard Perry, 70, have bought an estate in Beverly Hills for $7.3 million. The Trousdale Estates property was the longtime home of Emmy-winning television director John Rich.

The two-story home, built in 1961 and completely renovated, features a glass elevator, vaulted ceilings, three fireplaces, four bedrooms, 6.5 bathrooms and more than 7,500 square feet of living space. There are photovoltaic panels, a solar-heated pool and other energy-saving amenities.

Fonda will star in the ABC comedy Now What? and will play first lady Nancy Reagan in the coming film The Butler.

Perry, 70, has produced albums for singing stars such as Rod Stewart and Carly Simon. Fonda and Perry started dating several years ago.

Rich, who died in January at 86, worked on such iconic 1960s shows as All in the Family, Bonanza and Gilligan’s Island.

The three-quarter-acre-plus property, sold for the first time in more than four decades, was listed at $11.9 million when it first came on the market in June 2011.

1963 home

Actor Tim Allen, 59, has purchased a home in Hollywood Hills West for $1.4 million.

The ranch-style house, built in 1963, features open plan living areas, wide-plank pine floors, a stone fireplace, a den, three bedrooms, three bathrooms and 2,604 square feet of living space. The single-story home sits on just under a third of an acre lot with mature trees.

The actor owns other property in the Los Angeles area.



Actor Albert Brooks, 65, has sold the former Merv Griffin estate for $6.275 million.

The two-acre-plus property had been priced at $6.995 million. The listing says the property is in upper Bel-Air, although the Los Angeles Times Mapping Database considers the location to be Sherman Oaks.

The 5,100-square-foot, single-story house sits off a circular motor court. Features include wood-paneled ceilings, expanses of windows, four bedrooms and 5 1/2 bathrooms. There is a tennis court, an infinity pool with a spa and mature landscaping.

Griffin, who died in 2007 at 82, hosted the talk show bearing his name for more than two decades starting in the early 1960s.


A compound once owned by “Silky Soul Singer” Marvin Gaye and his first wife, Anna, has come on the market in Hollywood Hills West at $3.799 million.

The 1.46-acre estate includes a four-bedroom, five-bathroom main house, a guesthouse, an outdoor kitchen and an eight-car motor court. Water spills down a wall of boulders and into the pool. There are three fireplaces and 3,156 square feet of living space.

Gaye, who died in 1984 at 44, found success in the late 1960s singing duets with Tammi Terrell.The Gayes owned the house in the mid-1970s when Anna Gaye, the elder sister of Motown founder Berry Gordy, filed for divorce. She kept the house until 2008, when it sold for $1.91 million.

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