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A place to run back to in L.A.

Times Staff Writer

Heisman Trophy winner Reggie Bush, the former USC tailback now with the New Orleans Saints in an NFL playoff game today against the Chicago Bears, has purchased a Hollywood Hills home for nearly its asking price of $5 million.

The trilevel house, high above the Sunset Strip, has views of Long Beach, Malibu and Catalina Island. There are four bedrooms and six bathrooms in its 4,800 square feet, serviced by an elevator.

Angie Thornbury, an interior designer whose company is the seller of the house, gave the contemporary home a party atmosphere and dramatic touches, such as its glass entry doors, which open to a soaring, 23-foot-high living-room ceiling and a penthouse master-bedroom suite, which has a deck. It has a home theater, party deck, playroom with a pool table, spa with a steam shower and massage table, library with a glass floor and a guest suite.

Until Thornbury worked on the house, it had hardly been touched since it was built more than 40 years ago.

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The 21-year-old Bush, who won the 2005 Heisman, was considered by many NFL talent evaluators to be the best prospect in the 2006 NFL draft. The Saints selected him in the first round. He finished 2006 with 88 catches, the most in NFL history for a rookie running back. Bush also has been used by the Saints as a tailback, slot receiver, flanker, split end and punt returner.

Bush signed a six-year contract with the Saints that guarantees him more than $26 million and could be worth up to twice that.

He intends to use the house as his off-season home.

Anthony Stellini, of Nourmand & Associates in Beverly Hills, represented Bush in buying the house.

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New chapter for this storybook

Actor William deVry, who moved to Los Angeles last fall to work on several projects -- among them the daytime drama “The Bold and the Beautiful” -- has settled into a 1927, storybook-style Hollywood Hills home that he purchased for about $1.58 million.

“I just recently moved in and am doing some minor maintenance ... and slowly trying to furnish it with items that complement the integrity of this historic home,” he said. The restored and updated mini- compound was designed by Roland E. Hill, an art director and designer of the Sleeping Beauty Castle at Disneyland. He built the house for his parents. It has what DeVry describes as “a medieval, Disney storybook flair.”

There is a main house, of about 800 square feet, with two bedrooms and one bathroom. In two separate buildings are maid’s quarters with a three-quarter bathroom and a one-bedroom guesthouse with a kitchen and a bathroom. Outside is a patio area and a heated pool.

DeVry, who plays attorney Storm Logan in “The Bold and the Beautiful,” joined the cast in September. Born and raised in Montreal, the 38-year-old said he has had “a solid career in acting for 14 years.” DeVry has been buying real estate for about six years.

“I have nine other properties but none in L.A.” he said. “This is the first home that I bought to live in. The others have been strictly for investments.”

Nancy Walters of Coldwell Banker, Beverly Hills East, represented DeVry in buying. Curtis Tanner of Keller Williams was the listing agent.

A long way from the old ‘Office’

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Lucy Davis, who played dreamy receptionist Dawn in the BBC’s “The Office,” and her husband, Owain Yeoman, the Welsh actor who portrayed Lucas Dalton in the TV drama “The Nine,” bought a Craftsman-style Hancock Park home before the end of the year for close to $1.2 million.

The three-bedroom, two-bathroom compound, built in 1920, includes a two-bedroom main house, a guesthouse and a pool. One of the bathrooms has a glass tile floor, a steam shower for two and a spa tub. The kitchen also was remodeled. The guesthouse was being used as a master-bedroom suite with two closets, two skylights, a kitchenette and an office.

Davis, 34, has appeared in two episodes of the ABC sitcom “Ugly Betty,” playing a fashion TV anchor. In 2006, the English actress also was in nine episodes of “Studio 60 on the Sunset Strip.” Yeoman, 32, was cast as Lysander, captain of the Trojan Army in the movie “Troy” (2004) and appeared in eight episodes of “The Nine,” which was pulled from the ABC schedule in November.

Davis and Yeoman were married Dec. 9 in St. Paul’s Cathedral in London, the site of the royal wedding of Charles and Diana in 1981. Soon after their wedding, Davis and Yeoman closed escrow on their new home.

Dennis Martino of Windermere Properties on Sunset Boulevard had the listing, and Anthony Perez of Coldwell Banker, Hancock Park, represented the buyers, according to the Multiple Listing Service.

ruth.ryon@latimes.com

To see previous columns go to latimes.com/hotproperty.


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