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Jason Statham acts fast to secure Beverly Hills showplace

Lauren Beale
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Action star Jason Statham buys Beverly Hills house with five bedrooms and eight bathrooms for $12.995 million

Leading man Jason Statham has bought the family home of fashion designer Jenni Kayne and her husband, real estate agent Richard Ehrlich, for $12.995 million. The Beverly Hills house was on the market for only five days before the action star clinched the deal.

The 1980s two-story was dated and in need of repair when the couple bought it in 2006 for $4.582 million.

Working with architect Jeffrey Allsbrook, the pair expanded the home to include living, family, great and dining rooms, a den, a media room, five bedrooms and eight bathrooms. Tax records report more than 5,600 square feet of interior space.

Reclaimed barn wood was used for the kitchen ceilings, counters and built-in seating. There are fireplaces in the den, living room and master bedroom.

Set on more than a third of an acre, the contemporary showplace is surrounded by hedges and opens to a koi pool with a fountain. Native grasses, decomposed concrete paths and olive trees complete the grounds.

Statham, 47, is known for his action roles in the "Fast & Furious," "Expendables" and "Transporter" film series. The box-office draw stars this year in "Wild Card," "Spy" and "Furious 7." He'll star next year in "Mechanic: Resurrection."

Kayne has her own fashion label and stores in West Hollywood, Brentwood and Montecito. The high-profile house has been featured in such publications as Architectural Digest and C Magazine.

Ehrlich of Westside Estate Agency was the listing agent. Ben Bacal of Rodeo Realty represented Statham.

A new girl in Manhattan Beach

Zooey Deschanel, who has starred on the television series "New Girl" for the last four years, now gets to be one in Manhattan Beach. The actress purchased a home for $4.569 million in the airport-close coastal community, which is popular with sports stars and celebrities.

Built last year, the Cape Cod-inspired two-story of 5,166 square feet opens to a flagstone patio with heaters. Listing details say there's also room for a sports court and a swimming pool on the 8,808-square-foot grounds.

A family room with a limestone fireplace, a bar, six bedrooms and seven bathrooms are among the living areas.

Deschanel, 35, will star in this year's upcoming films "The Driftless Area" and "Rock the Kasbah."

The property had previously changed hands in 2013 for $1.611 million.

Robert Lane of Shorewood Realtors is the listing agent. Tad Thormodsgaard of Palm Realty Boutique represented Deschanel.

Prolific flippers double down

Husband-wife actors and serial home flippers Corbin Bernsen and Amanda Pays have put their latest project up for sale in Toluca Lake at $1.499 million.

Whereas many couples find home remodeling a source of division, the two share an enthusiasm for renovation work and report that it has drawn them closer.

The single-story 1945 house, classified as French in style when Bernsen and Pays bought it late last year for $875,000, is now a crisp traditional with a distinctly modern vibe. Clean lines and white walls bring a sense of spaciousness into its 2,039 square feet.

A wall of white subway tile with a fireplace creates visual interest in the kitchen, which opens to a dining room and doors that lead to the water-wise gardens and outdoor seating areas. The formal living room also has a fireplace.

Vaulted ceilings and skylights enhance the three bedrooms and two bathrooms.

A swimming pool with a spa completes the grounds.

Bernsen and Pays also have listed their personal residence in San Fernando's Valley Village for sale at $2.399 million, with the intent of scaling down to a smaller home.

Set on a corner lot, the renovated 1930s Tudor Revival is distinguished by a prominent gable and valley roofline, picture windows and drought-tolerant landscaping. Soft hues, polished concrete and reclaimed hardware are used throughout the single-story house, which has three bedrooms in 3,340 square feet.

A formal living room with barrel-vaulted ceilings, a den with custom bookshelves, an office and a screening room are among other spaces.

Steel-and-glass doors open to European-inspired grounds containing a large pool, a covered patio, sitting areas and citrus trees. Adjacent to the pool is a barn-style guesthouse of 669 square feet.

The property previously sold for $900,000 in 2011, records show.

Bernsen, 60, gained famed as dashing divorce attorney Arnold Becker on the 1986-94 series "L.A. Law" and starred in the "Major League" films. He was on "Psych" throughout its 2006-14 run.

Interior designer Pays, 55, recently reprised her role as Dr. Tina McGee on "The Flash." She starred in the original 1990s "Flash" series.

Kelly Sutherland of Coldwell Banker Previews International is their listing agent.

Buyer psyched in Hollywood Hills

Actress Maggie Lawson has sold a charming bungalow in Hollywood Hills for $1.205 million.

Built in 1928 and renovated to a clean, polished shine, the cottage has 1,406 square feet of interior space, including an updated kitchen, open plan living areas, two bedrooms and two bathrooms. Hardwood floors, a gas fireplace and a storage room off the garage are among new features.

Glass doors open to patios with seating areas and pristine garden spaces.

The two-car garage has been converted into a stylish art studio with a vaulted, open beam ceiling. The gated driveway can park four cars.

Lawson, 34, was a regular on "Psych" from 2006 to 2014. She appeared on "Two and a Half Men" beginning last year. She also starred in the series "Back in the Game" (2013-14).

The actress bought the property in December 2013 for $1.1 million.

Margaret Arana and Joseph Pasquale of Nourmand & Associates were the listing agents. Jenny Morant of Coldwell Banker represented the buyer.

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