Carlos Pena Jr. buys home in the Valley
Actor, singer and tween idol Carlos Pena Jr., 21, has bought a Mediterranean-style home in the San Fernando Valley for close to its $1.5-million asking price.

The 6,000-square-foot villa is set back from the road on a gated lot. The paver-stone courtyard is punctuated by a fountain, and the custom front door, with leaded and beveled glass and side lights, opens to a two-story foyer with limestone floor, curved staircase and crystal chandelier.

There are five bedrooms and four bathrooms. The master suite has a marble fireplace with wood-carved mantel and French doors that open onto a balcony. The master bathroom features dual dressing tables, an oversized marble steam shower with etched glass and a stone fireplace.

The kitchen includes an island with a food prep sink and custom cabinetry. The home also has a wine cellar, which its new owner is just old enough to stock. It sits on landscaped grounds with a pool, spa and pool house.

Pena sings with the pop music band Big Time Rush and plays the character Carlos Garcia on the Nickelodeon series "Big Time Rush" (2009-present). He has appeared on "Summerland" (2005), "Judging Amy" (2005) and "ER" (2004).

Carol Wolfe of Rodeo Realty, Encino, was the listing agent on the property. Andrew Mortaza from Keller Williams, Burbank, represented the buyer.

New characters at Oscar winner's old digs

A Playa del Rey house built for Oscar-winning 1930s film star Ronald Colman has sold for $1.6 million.

The Mediterranean, constructed in 1927, sits on an ocean-view lot in a hilltop area known as Palisades del Rey. Original details include a carved beam ceiling, arched doorways and Malibu tile. Four bedrooms and three bathrooms lie within the 2,500 square feet of living space.

Colman, who died in 1958 at 67, won his Academy Award as the leading man in "A Double Life" (1947). Among his other films were "Random Harvest" (1942), "The Prisoner of Zenda" (1937) and "Lost Horizon" (1937).

The house previously changed hands in 2001 for $1,071,000, according to public records.

Alice Plato of Coldwell Banker, Marina del Rey, handled both sides of the transaction.

A happy ending for 'Bones' writer

Lyla Oliver, a comedy and drama writer whose credits include television shows as "Judging Amy" and "Bones," has parted with her Santa Monica home for $1,902,000.

Built in 1992, the contemporary house has high ceilings, marble and hardwood floors and an elevator. Four bedrooms are on the first floor, while the second floor contains the main living space. A fifth bedroom, which could be used as an office suite, is adjacent to the three-car garage. There are six bathrooms.

The 4,454-square-foot house had been purchased in 2004 for $1,697,500, according to public records.

Isabelle Mizrahi of Prudential California Realty, Pacific Palisades, was the listing agent. Joyce Essex Harvey of Coldwell Banker, Beverly Hills North, represented the buyer.