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Hot Property: Hockey Pro Russ Courtnall Passes Off to Britney Spears

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By Lauren Beale

(MCT)—Pop star and singing competition judge Britney Spears has bought the Thousand Oaks home of former professional hockey player Russ Courtnall and his wife, actress Paris Vaughan.

The property came on the market in August at $8.5 million and was withdrawn from the Multiple Listing Service within a month. A withdrawal is a tactic sometimes used to hide celebrity home purchases. The sales price was not disclosed.

The Mediterranean-style house, built in 2010, is in the Lake Sherwood area. Features include pocket doors, limestone and oak floors, beamed ceilings, two offices, a temperature-controlled wine cellar, a home theater/bonus room, five bedrooms, seven bathrooms and 8,456 square feet of living space.

The 1.42 acres of grounds contain lawns, an infinity pool, a rose garden, an outdoor fireplace and a barbecue center with covered patios. There is a five-car garage plus an enclosed space to park the golf cart.

Spears, 31, released her first album, “Baby One More Time,” in 1999 and went on to become one of the country’s bestselling recording artists. She released her seventh studio album, “Femme Fatale,” last year and got engaged to her former agent, Jason Trawick. Spears joined “The X Factor” as a judge this year.

Courtnall, 46, started his NHL career with the Toronto Maple Leafs in 1983 and retired from the Los Angeles Kings in 1999.

Vaughan, 50, appeared on “Buffy the Vampire Slayer” (1992) and “The Wayan Bros.” (1995). She is the daughter of late jazz singer Sarah Vaughan.

Fonda Comes Home to Beverly Hills

Actress Jane Fonda and music producer Richard Perry have bought an estate in Beverly Hills for $7.3 million. The Trousdale Estates property was the longtime home of Emmy-winning television director John Rich.

The two-story home, built in 1961 and completely renovated, features a glass elevator, vaulted ceilings, three fireplaces, four bedrooms, 6.5 bathrooms and more than 7,500 square feet of living space. There are photovoltaic panels, a solar-heated swimming pool and other energy-saving amenities.

Fonda, 74, won Oscars in 1972 for “Klute” and in 1979 for “Coming Home.” She will star in the ABC comedy “Now What?” and will play first lady Nancy Reagan in the coming film “The Butler.”

Perry, 70, has produced albums for singing stars such as Rod Stewart and Carly Simon. Fonda and Perry started dating several years ago.

Rich, who died in January at 86, worked on such iconic 1960s shows as “All in the Family,” “Bonanza” and “Gilligan’s Island.”

The three-quarter-acre-plus property, sold for the first time in more than four decades, was listed at $11.9 million when it first came on the market in June 2011.

©2012 Los Angeles Times
Distributed by MCT Information Services

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