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Matthew Modine
Celebrities home in on select Southland neighborhoods
Celebrities home in on select Southland neighborhoods

Southern California is littered with star-studded neighborhoods. Some are established stomping grounds prowled by tour buses, while others are low-key enclaves where the famous blend anonymously in the throng. Topping the marquee, Hollywood Hills has been attracting stars since comedian W.C. Fields, comic actor Groucho Marx and 1930s sex symbol Jean Harlow were in their heyday. Later generations of celebrity homeowners have included actors Ben Affleck, Ben Stiller and Renee Zellweger. The Bird Streets section of Hollywood Hills, in particular, remains the favored home-buying locale of hip Hollywood. "It still holds the title as most desirable place to live for younger...