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Orlando Bloom sells home in Hollywood Hills


Los Angeles Times

Orlando Bloom has sold a house in Hollywood Hills West for $3.9 million.

Set behind a tall wooden gate on three-quarters of an acre, the 1940s house has a black exterior and is surrounded by ferns and lush landscaping.

The Outpost Estates-area ranch home was the target of the so-called Bling Ring burglars about five years ago and has since been a rental. Last year it was leased for $16,500 a month.

Inside the wooden double-door entry are a library, three fireplaces and a den/office. There are four bedrooms, four bathrooms and 3,248 feet of living space.

The wooded lot has a pool equipped with a swimming machine, a spa and camera security.

Bloom, 37, is known for his repeat roles in the Pirates of the Caribbean and Lord of the Rings movies as well as playing Romeo onstage. The versatile actor will reprise his role as Legolas in the upcoming The Hobbit: The Battle of Five Armies, due out in December.

He bought the property in 2007 for $2.75 million, according to public records.

A-lister sells in Pacific Palisades

Tom Hanks, producer, director and A-list actor, has cast off a house in Pacific Palisades for $5.025 million.

The Spanish-style villa, built in 1929, has an Old Hollywood ambience. The interiors feature archways, frescoed ceilings, a library, a sky-lit kitchen, a sun room, a beauty salon, four bedrooms and 5  1/2 bathrooms in 6,289 square feet of living space. The living room opens to a loggia and gardens.

The property sits behind hedges and a tall wall on nearly a third of an acre.

The house last sold for $1.9 million in 1988, according to public records.

Hanks, 57, won Oscars for his work in Forrest Gump (1994) and Philadelphia (1993) and received lead actor nominations for Big (1988), Saving Private Ryan (1998) and Cast Away (2000), which he also produced. Last year he starred in Saving Mr. Banks and Captain Phillips.

Hanks and wife Rita Wilson bought another Pacific Palisades estate from veteran producers Kathleen Kennedy and Frank Marshall four years ago for more than $26 million. That 14,513-square-foot house, built in 1996, has four bedrooms and five bathrooms.

Wilson, 57, appeared opposite Hanks in Sleepless in Seattle (1993). She has appeared on the current TV series Girls and The Good Wife. Her film work includes Jingle All the Way (1996), Runaway Bride (1999) and It’s Complicated (2009).

It’s time to pack up his Oscar

Stephen Gaghan, the Oscar-writing screenwriter, and his wife, fashion designer Minnie Mortimer, put their Brentwood home up for sale at $4.995 million, and in less than two weeks it is escrow.

Set behind gates flanked by stone columns, the shingle-clad house looks like it could be set in Nantucket. The 5,267 square feet of living space features wood-beam ceilings, a painted wood-paneled den/library, a corner sun room, a media room, five bedrooms and 6.5 bathrooms. There’s a balcony off the master suite.

A covered brick patio extends the length of the back of the house and connects to the balcony area by an exterior stairwell.

The city-, mountain- and ocean-view lot of more than an acre contains a guesthouse. The swimming pool and spa are surrounded by brick decking.

Gaghan won an Oscar for the screenplay for Traffic (2000). He also has an Emmy for co-writing an episode of NYPD Blue (1997). His other screenwriting credits include the 2005 films Havoc and Syriana, and Rules of Engagement (2000).

Mortimer has a line of women’s sportswear.

The property previously sold in 2009 for $4.5 million, public records show.

Closing the door on a Lakers’ era

Jerry Buss’ show-stopping mansion in Playa del Rey has sold for $5.1 million.

There’s no mistaking that the Italian-style villa was custom built in 1998 by the late Los Angeles Lakers owner and billionaire. Lakers logos adorn the home’s stained-glass double-door entry, which opens to a rotunda.

Tile floors, wood-beam ceilings and a winding staircase continue the architectural style inside. A three-stop elevator connects the 10,846 square feet of living space.

There are multiple balconies, three fireplaces, seven bedrooms and 11 bathrooms — just enough excess to befit the man who transformed the professional basketball team into what became known as “Showtime” by giving seats to celebrities and entertaining fans with the Laker Girls.

Wooden floors step down to the living room on the second level of the house, where columns flank the fireplace. A bar sits on one side of the game room.

An immense master suite includes a lounge and a separate living area with a fireplace. The rooftop deck, with a spa, has views of the ocean, marina and cityscape.

Two four-car garages complete the estate.

Buss, who died last year at 80, was a real estate mogul and majority owner of the Lakers, which he bought in 1979. The Lakers won 10 National Basketball Association championships under him.

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