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Stars snatch LA bargains

andrew_g_420-420x0The continued United States property downturn has encouraged ever expanding numbers of Australian entertainment industry players into buying Los Angeles homes.

Andrew Gunsberg, the former Australian Idol presenter, and his wife, actress Noa Tishby, are among the latest.

Gunsberg made her US television debut recently as host on Paula Abdul’s Live to Dance series, which attracted 10 million viewers with its premiere.

He and Tishby are now renovating their Studio City property which cost $US1.16 million. The four-bedroom 1960s house with pool was listed at $US1.39 million in 2009, having sold at $US695,000 in 1992.

Marketed as a “cosmetic fixer”, the home has valley views from its front door.

Goodrem’s grand entry

Singer Delta Goodrem spent $US3.1 million last year on the two-level, five-bedroom Hollywood Hills house she shares with singer Brian McFadden.

The house, which was built in 2003, had been listed at $US3,595,000, having sold in 2004 for $US2.9 million.

The property website Zillow suggests its value is $US2,996,000. It has 475 sq m of living space and a grand staircase.

Fisher’s home from Home

Actor Isla Fisher headlines the many former stars of the Channel Seven soap Home and Away who have settled in style in the Hollywood Hills.

Fisher bought the pricey estate Villa Margherita with her actor-comedian husband Sacha Baron Cohen. It is a newly renovated compound with a seven-bedroom, 10-bathroom house that has 500 sq m of living space.

The price has yet to be officially revealed, although the BlockShopper property website said it had an $US18.9 million asking price through expatriate agent Barry Sloane from the Beverley Hills Sotheby’s International office.

The estate comes with guest house, pool, detached theatre, and a tennis court with clubhouse. It was last traded in 1992 for $US4.85 million.

McMahon’s sign shines

Nip/Tuck actor Julian McMahon, who began his acting career on Home and Away in 1989, has owned a home beneath the Hollywood sign since 1997.

The three-bedroom 1960s house cost $US712,000 when its asking price was $US958,000.

There’s no one between him and the sign built in 1923 as a temporary advert for publisher Harry Chandler’s Hollywoodland real estate development.

Baker’s an old hand

The husband-and-wife acting team of Simon Baker, from The Mentalist, and Rebecca Rigg recorded a profitable property play when their Malibu home fetched $US5,185,000 in 2005.

The five-bedroom house had cost $US1,650,000 in 2001. It was a 1957 single-storey ranch-style house with detached guest house.

Property records indicate it was sold again in October last year for $US4 million. It came with access rights to the Little Dune private beach.

The couple now reside at a Santa Monica home with pool which cost $US4.8 million in 2007.

Daddo’s not looked back

Actor Cameron Daddo and wife Alison have been regular upgraders, although they have stayed put since buying the 1929 Rancho Park residence for $US1,301,000 in 2005.

The Daddos’ previous 1939 Cheviot Hills house fetched $US1.1 million in 2005, having cost $US725,000 in 2003.

Before that they lived at Pacific Palisades, not far from the Getty villa, Built in 1952, Pacific Palisades cost $US580,000 in 1997 and fetched $US1,083,500 in 2003.

Daddo sold his Bilgola Plateau house in 1998 for $362,000.

Bloom and Kerr on move

Actor Orlando Bloom’s Los Angeles house — which cost $US2.75 million in 2007 — has been listed for rent fully furnished at $US18,000 a month.

And his wife, model mother Miranda Kerr, awaits buyers for her $US1,395,000 apartment in Jade, New York. No word yet on just where the couple intend to settle.

Jonathan Chancellor edits the Title Deeds column in The Sydney Morning Herald’s weekend issue. www.domain.com.au

Tags: investment, marketing, news, propety, real estate

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