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Penelope Cruz Lists Her Bali-style Sunset Strip Home
By Lauren Beale | June 24, 2010 3:29 PM ET
(LOS ANGELES, CA) - Oscar-winning actress Penelope Cruz has listed at $3,695,000 a Sunset Strip-area home that is as intriguing as she is.
The Balinese modern one-story has intricately carved entry doors that open to a courtyard with a fountain. Another set of double doors leads to the open-plan interior, which has bamboo floors, skylights and French doors along the back.
The 3,300-square-foot home includes a living room, a dining area, a breakfast area, an office, three bedrooms and 3 1/2 bathrooms.
An expansive patio with heaters and seating areas surrounds the pool. An outdoor bed sits on the lawn.
Cruz, 36, won an Academy Award for best supporting actress in "Vicky Cristina Barcelona" (2008). She starred in the films "Volver" (2006) and "Sahara" (2005) and will play opposite Johnny Depp in the film "Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides," slated for 2011.
Public records show Cruz bought the property in 2005 for $3,138,030.
Her Entourage is Moving On
Actress Debi Mazar has sold her home in the Beverly Center area of Los Angeles for $1,162,515.
The Spanish-style house, built in 1933, sits on a tree-lined street. The gated hacienda opens to a central courtyard with pavers and a fountain. An entry vestibule has a wood inlaid floor, and beyond that lie a large living room with a fireplace, a formal dining room, three bedrooms and two bathrooms.
Mazar, 45, has been a regular on "Entourage" (2004-09) and "That's Life" (2000-02). She was on "Dancing With the Stars" last year partnered, with Latin ballroom champion Maksim Chmerkovskiy. They came in 12th place.
She purchased the property for $750,000 in 2002 shortly before marrying musician Gabriele Corcos.
Meanwhile, Back at the Ranch
Oscar-winning producer Jim Wilson has listed his 190-acre ranch in Calabasas, Calif., for $25 million.
Called Avalon Ranch, the gated equestrian center and farm has a 7,500-square-foot house, custom-built in 1999 with massive stone fireplaces, beamed ceilings, slate floors, French doors, built-in bookcases and wraparound porches. Among the rooms are a country-style kitchen, six bedrooms and four bathrooms.
There are two guesthouses, a 16-stall horse barn, a tennis court with viewing pavilion and a swimming pool with spa and pavilion. The grounds include a duck pond, corrals, pastures, a rose garden and citrus and apple orchards.
Wilson shared the best picture Academy Award with Kevin Costner for "Dances With Wolves" (1990). He has produced more than a dozen films, including "Wyatt Earp" (1994) and "Swing Vote" (2008).
A Plot Twist in Pacific Palisades
Romance and thriller writer Tami Hoag has listed her Pacific Palisades house at $2,995,000.
The updated and remodeled Mediterranean, built in 1989, sits on a cul-de-sac. The formal dining and living rooms have French doors leading to a covered patio. The kitchen features a breakfast area, a walk-in pantry, a bar and wine storage. There are also three bedrooms, a family room, a gym, an office and 3 1/2 bathrooms in the house's 5,325 square feet.
A beach-entry swimming pool and spa and a built-in barbecue center are set amid tropical landscaping.
Hoag, 51, has had more than a dozen books on national bestsellers lists. She is moving to the West Palm Beach, Fla., area to pursue her other passion. The International Grand Prix dressage rider is in training to compete for the U.S. Equestrian Olympic team for 2012.
Public records show she purchased the house in 2006 for $3.25 million.
Rocker Breaks Venice Addiction
Update: Frontman Perry Farrell of the band Jane's Addiction has sold his longtime Venice, Calif., home for $1,425,000.
Designed by local architect Steven Ehrlich, the Asian-influenced house has a two-story barrel-vault ceiling above the open living-dining-media room and its Korean barbecue. With a loft, three bedrooms and two bathrooms, the home has 2,203 square feet of living space.
There is a rooftop terrace, a lap pool and a three-car garage.
Farrell, 51, also has led alt-rock groups including Porno for Pyros and Satellite Party. He co-created the Lollapalooza festival tour in 1991.
He sold because he wants a bigger place to raise his family.