Whether it was the two-story entry hall that doubled as a gym or the 60-foot swimming pool with underwater speakers, Ryan Phillippe's tricked-out home in Hollywood Hills West enticed a buyer to shell out $6 million.

Still, that wasn't enough to spare the actor from the pain of the housing bust. Public records show that Phillippe bought the property for $7.175 million in 2008, after his eight-year marriage to actress Reese Witherspoon ended.

Stressing the security and privacy of the "Zen-modern retreat," the unusually colorful listing details note that the gated house can "stopperrazzi" and provide an escape from "the drone of urban existence."

The five-bedroom, 6.5-bathroom house contains 7,600 square feet of living space. Features include a media room, separate guest or office space and a sauna. The more than half an acre of grounds include a pool-spa entertainment area and an outdoor kitchen.

Phillippe, 38, starred in "The Lincoln Lawyer" (2011), "Setup" (2011) and "The Bang Bang Club" (2010). This year he will star in the film "Straight A's." He had a recurring role last year in the series "Damages."

The actor got his start in the early 1990s on the soap opera "One Life to Live." Other acting credits include "Flags of Our Fathers" (2006) and "Cruel Intentions" (1999).

Billy Rose and H. Blair Chang of the Agency in Beverly Hills were the listing agents. Stephen Resnick of Hilton & Hyland represented the buyer.

Quick close for Venice Craftsman?

Actress Maria Bello listed her Craftsman home in Venice for sale at $1.85 million and within 10 days it was in escrow.

Built in 1915 and set behind gates in a walk-street area, the house is painted blue with red doors and windows and yellow accents. Features include a wood-burning fireplace, a front veranda, three bedrooms and 2.5 bathrooms. There is a lawn, patio space and a single-car garage.

Bello, 45, has been on the TV series "Touched" (2012-13) and "Prime Suspect" (2011-12). Her film work includes "Payback" (1999), "Secret Window" (2004) and "World Trade Center" (2006). She will be in the summer comedy "Grown Ups 2."

Paul Lester and Aileen Comora of the Agency in Beverly Hills are the listing agents, according to the Multiple Listing Service.

Closing door on Southern Colonial

Actress Katherine Heigl has sold her house in Los Feliz for $2.622 million.

The Southern Colonial-style two-story features French doors, high ceilings and verandas. There are two fireplaces, four bedrooms, 3.5 bathrooms and nearly 3,700 square feet of living space. The grounds include mature landscaping, a swimming pool and a spa.

Heigl, 34, was a regular on "Grey's Anatomy" (2005-10). Her film work includes this year's "One for the Money," "Life as We Know It" (2010) and "The Ugly Truth" (2009). She stars in the film "The Big Wedding," due for release this year. The animal activist has a line of pet products with proceeds helping to support spay and neutering programs.

She paid $2.55 million for the property in 2007, according to public records, the same year she married singer-songwriter Josh Kelley.

Dorothy Carter and Michael Orland of Keller Williams Realty's Los Feliz office were the listing agents. Kennon Earl of Keller Williams' Beverly Hills office represented the buyer.

For sale on the street where she lived

The estate of Micheline Muselli Lerner, a former wife of lyricist and playwright Alan Jay Lerner, is on the market in Hollywood Hills West at $8.9 million.