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Hot Property: Celebrity homes on the market in 2011

Cary Grant
A Palm Springs property that actor Cary Grant lived in for 20 years came on the market at $2,995,000 in February 2011. The 19th century Spanish farmhouse replica was built between 1927 and 1930 on 1.5 acres in the area known as the Movie Colony for its famed residents. Called Las Palomas, or the Doves, the house features thick whitewashed walls, hand-painted kitchen and bathroom tile, kiva fireplaces and handmade terra-cotta roof tiles. Full story | Hollywood Star Walk

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Ellen DeGeneres
Ellen DeGeneres offered her Beverly Hills estate for $49 million in October 2011. The four-structure compound features a 9,200-square-foot main house, two guesthouses and a three-bedroom house that can be used as office space or staff quarters. Full story

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Rihanna
Pop star Rihanna listed a Beverly Hills Post Office-area home at $4.5 million, substantially less than the $6.9 million she paid two years ago. The November 2011 listing describes the house as a “major fixer” with “extensive damage from moisture and water intrusion” at the roof, windows, doors and balconies. The home’s water problems are the subject of a lawsuit the singer filed this summer in Los Angeles County Superior Court. Full story

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Dorothy Dandridge
A Hollywood Hills home once owned by actress Dorothy Dandridge sold for $2,394,000 in October 2011. The restored 1920s Mediterranean house includes three bedrooms, five bathrooms and 4,368 square feet of living space. There are arched doorways and windows, beamed ceilings and stained-glass windows. The master bedroom suite features a sitting area and dual bathrooms, one of which is circular. Three terraces with city views provide space for entertaining. Full story | Photos | Hollywood Star Walk

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Christina Aguilera
Christina Aguilera put her 11,500-square-foot gated mansion in Beverly Hills on the market at $13.5 million in March 2011. Set on nearly two-thirds of an acre, the Mediterranean-style home has a grand foyer with a sweeping staircase, a fanciful children’s room, a gym, a game room, a gift-wrapping area, a movie room, a beauty salon, a guesthouse with a recording studio, and a total of six bedrooms and nine bathrooms. The master bedroom suite contains a lounge, a fireplace and dual bathrooms and closets. Outdoor entertaining areas include a pagoda and a swimming pool with a waterslide and grotto spa. Full story | Hollywood Star Walk

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Zsa Zsa Gabor
Zsa Zsa Gabor‘s longtime Bel-Air estate has come on the market at $15 million. Gabor’s ninth husband, Frédéric Prinz von Anhalt, had announced in January 2011 that the couple hoped to sell the house for $28 million. More recently, he expressed a desire to downsize to a modern building with security for him and his wife, 94, who has been in and out of the hospital for hip replacement, leg amputation and pneumonia. Full story | Hollywood Star Walk

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Mark Wahlberg
Mark Wahlberg listed his Beverly Hills home for sale at $13,995,000 in September 2011. In addition to the main house with a two-bathroom master suite and four other bedroom suites, a two-bedroom, two-bathroom guesthouse and a 2,500-square-foot detached gym with a boxing ring are on the property. The actor trained there for his starring role in “The Fighter” (2010). The land, just under 2 acres, includes a swimming pool with a grotto and waterfall, a putting green and a sports court. Full story | Hollywood Star Walk

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Frank Sinatra
An estate in Holmby Hills once owned by Frank Sinatra went on the market at $23.5 million in October 2011. On more than two acres, the gated house is surrounded by expanses of lawn and mature trees. A large courtyard sits at the center of the hacienda-style home, built in 1936. There are seven bedrooms, seven bathrooms and 8,631 square feet of living space. Full story | Hollywood Star Walk

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Elizabeth Taylor
The longtime Bel-Air home of actress Elizabeth Taylor sold for an undisclosed amount. The house came on the market in May 2011 at $8.6 million. Owned by the Oscar-winning actress since 1981, the 1960s ranch-style house sits on 1.27 acres, which include a swimming pool with spa, gardens and a koi pond. The 7,000-square-foot home has a downstairs master suite, two other bedrooms and maid’s quarters. A second master suite upstairs has walls upholstered in her signature color: violet. Full story | Photos | Hollywood Star Walk

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Gore Vidal
Prolific author and playwright Gore Vidal listed his Sunset Strip-area home for $3,495,000 in January 2011. The 1929 Mediterranean villa of 4,782 square feet has a living room with a walk-in fireplace, a meditation room, a music room and an office. The main house has two en suite bedrooms and two staff or guest rooms. Including a separate guesthouse, the property has a total of five bedrooms and five bathrooms. Full story

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Donald Trump
Master brander Donald Trump sold his custom estate in Rancho Palos Verdes for $7.15 million in October 2011. Located at Trump National Golf Course, which he owns and operates, the 11,000-square-foot Mediterranean mansion features a game room with a bar that is a replica of the one at the course restaurant. The five-bedroom, nine-bathroom home, built in 2010, has a great-room entry, a 1,000-square-foot kitchen, marble flooring and wall-to-ceiling sliding doors that disappear from view. A wine room is enclosed behind glass, and off the master bedroom are a patio and fire pit. An infinity pool sits in the courtyard. Full story | Hollywood Star Walk

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Dennis Quaid
Actor Dennis Quaid has sold his equestrian estate in Pacific Palisades for $9.5 million in December 2011. The property came on the market in March at $16.9 million and had been reduced to $10 million. A French country-style main house, built in 2004, sits on 2 acres with a second house, a studio, a barn, a corral and a year-round creek. A beam-ceilinged living room, formal dining room, family room, office, wine cellar, eight bedrooms and nine bathrooms are part of the 8,400-square-foot main house. Maids’ quarters above the kitchen have been converted to a gym. The second house and studio contain 2,158 square feet of living space. A covered loggia with a fireplace overlooks the swimming pool and spa. Full story | Hollywood Star Walk

Photos: Celebrity portraits by the Times in 2011

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