'Hunger Games' star Josh Hutcherson buys in Hollywood Hills West
The 19-year-old actor pays $2.5 million for a home known as the Tree House for its setting among sycamores.
Actor Josh Hutcherson attends Logo's NewNowNext Awards 2012 in Hollywood. (Frazer Harrison / Getty Images)
The 19-year-old also becomes another link in a string of celebrities who have called the place home. Known as the Tree House for its setting among sycamores, the house was owned at different times by talk show host Ellen DeGeneres and the late actor Heath Ledger.
The two-bedroom, two-bathroom house, built in 1951 and since remodeled, sits behind gates on nearly half an acre. Features of the 1,861-square-foot home include glass walls, polished concrete floors, an office, beamed ceilings and video security. An outdoor living area of 2,500 square feet contains a movie lounge and barbecue space.
Even before escrow closed Hutcherson picked a roommate — he adopted a pit bull named Driver from a rescue group.
Hutcherson stars this year in the horror comedy "Detention" and "Red Dawn," due for November release. He will continue in his role as baker's son Peeta Mellark in the 2013 sequel "The Hunger Games: Catching Fire."
Public records show the property previously changed hands in 2008 for the same amount Hutcherson paid.
John Galich of Rodeo Realty was the listing agent. Deedee Howard of the Agency represented Hutcherson.
The party's over in WeHo
Grammy-winning singer Chris Brown has put his West Hollywood party pad on the market for $1.895 million.
The 3,000-square-foot unit occupies the entire top floor of a four-story building. The open-plan penthouse features direct elevator access, high ceilings, a patio and a bar. There are three bedrooms, an office, a laundry room and 31/2 bathrooms.
Brown, 23, released "Graffiti" in 2009, the same year he was arrested for assaulting his then-girlfriend, singer Rihanna. They released two collaborative tracks this year. Brown won a Grammy this year for his R&B album "F.A.M.E." His latest album is "Turn Up the Music."
Public records show he bought the property last year for less than $1.6 million.
Manuela Villa of the Agency in Beverly Hills is the listing agent.
Everyone knows his name there
Actor Kelsey Grammer is back at it — trying to sell his home in the Beverly Crest area — this time for $17.999 million.
Priced in 2008 at $19.9 million, the mansion is described in the listing as modern Traditional in style. The two-story house, built in 1980, features a central hall, media room, a library, a wine cellar and a service entrance. There are seven bedrooms, nine bathrooms and 10,567 square feet of living space. A swimming pool, a six-car motor court and a four-car garage complete the grounds of more than three-quarters of an acre.
Grammer, 57, won four Emmys for his lead role in "Frasier" (1993-2004), a "Cheers" spin-off, and another in 2006 for voice work as Sideshow Bob on "The Simpsons." More recently he has been executive producer of "Medium" and starred in the political drama "Boss." He and his fourth wife, Kayte Walsh, were married last year and are expecting twins.
Public records show he bought the property in 2007 for $13.7 million.
Christopher Dyson of Keller Williams in Hollywood Hills is the listing agent.