Popular Brentwood, California Homes

Reese Witherspoon, formerly America’s sweetheart and now just, you know,“an American citizen,” is compounding it up in gated Brentwood Circle, where Real Estalker reveals she recently added a third property to her estate. Witherspoon first bought a house in the neighborhood back in 2003 (when she was still married to Ryan Phillippe), paying $4.725 million for a “nearly 7,000 square foot mock-Med mini-mansion”; in 2009, after her divorce, she paid $3.325 million for a neighboring house, which she then demolished and converted to extra yard. Her latest purchase is a 1956 ranch that had been owned for four decades by actress/model/designer Elyse Knox (who died in early 2012). The house came with four bedrooms, four bathrooms, handpainted oak floors, a glass-enclosed breakfast room, a pool, brick terraces, and a “romantic stone and glass art studio/guest house,” all on two-thirds of an acre. Witherspoon paid $3 million flat for the property in late December. She and agent husband Jim Toth had recently been looking for a $15 to $20 million property in Los Angeles, but it appears they might be settling in in Brentwood, where they’ve now laid out $11.05 million for 1.32 acres. Meanwhile, Witherspoon is still trying to sell her lovely Libbey Ranch in Ojai.

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Gwyneth Paltrow has decided to grace us in LA with a little homebuying: TMZ reports she and Coldplayer/husband Chris Martin are in escrow on a Windsor Smith-designed house in Mandeville Canyon. The house is already somewhat notable as the Veranda concept house–the magazine brought in a set of designers last year (including Peter Dunham and Martyn Lawrence Bullard) to each make over a room. The house has six bedrooms, eight bathrooms, and some brokerbabble straight out of GOOP: “Reminiscent of a home in the horse country of Kentucky…” The property was originally listed last September at $11.96 million and was chopped this spring to $10.45 million. It’s not clear yet what Paltrow and Martin agreed to pay.

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Marilyn Monroe’s Brentwood House for Sale

Marilyn Monroe only lived in her Brentwood, California, house for about six months before her life came to a tragic end on August 4, 1962. The one-story hacienda-style house was built in 1929 and is situated behind tall gates at the end of a quiet cul de sac on more than half an acre of tree-filled grounds. The four-bedroom, three-bath home features a sparkling freeform pool, an expansive yard, citrus grove and beautiful views.

 

Located at 12305 Fifth Helena Drive, Monroe’s L-shaped Spanish colonial originally had adobe walls and a red-tile roof. Instead of four bedrooms it had two, with a small guesthouse. To decorate in the house’s style, Monroe went on shopping trips to Tijuana and Mexico city: tiles, tin masks, mirrors and textiles.

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