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Hot Property: Santa Monica Pair Change Script

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By Lauren Beale

Haggis_Paul_homeOscar award-winning screenwriter Paul Haggis and his wife, actress Deborah Rennard, have sold their home in Santa Monica for its asking price of $5.25 million.

The East Coast-inspired traditional house sits on nearly a third of an acre of grounds with mature trees, lawn and formal gardens. The home features skylights, French doors that open to terraces and an outdoor kitchen, two fireplaces, five bedrooms, seven bathrooms and 5,690 square feet of living space.

Haggis, 59, has written for numerous television shows and created “Walker, Texas Ranger” (1993-2001) and “Due South” (1994-99). The writer/producer/director won two Academy Awards for his work on “Crash” (2004). He is directing the upcoming film “Third Person,” for which he wrote the screenplay.

Rennard, 52, played J.R. Ewing’s secretary on “Dallas” (1981-91).

The couple paid about $2.618 million for the property in 2000, public records show. They put it on the market in mid-September.

A Classic Set in Beverly Hills

An estate in Beverly Hills that was once home to comedian Joe E. Brown is on the market at $6.89 million.

Set apart from the street by walls and a gate, the 1930 Spanish Colonial Revival faces in on a courtyard with a fountain. Among original details are peg-and-groove oak floors, stenciled beam ceilings, colorful glazed tiles and wrought ironwork. The master suite features a sitting room and a balcony overlooking the inner courtyard. There are five bedrooms, five bathrooms and 7,157 square feet of living space.

A loggia with arched openings surrounds the courtyard, and the garage has three arched openings for cars.

Brown, who died in 1973 at 81, lived in the house in 1931-38, according to research from the Pasadena-based Historic Resources Group. He added a screening room in the mid-1930s, but beyond that little has changed since the kitchen was remodeled by a later owner in 1958.

The circus performer-turned-vaudevillian was a pro baseball player before heading to Broadway. Among his many film roles, he played Jack Lemmon’s suitor in “Some Like It Hot” (1959) and was in the 1963 comedy classic “It’s a Mad Mad Mad Mad World.”

©2012 Los Angeles Times
Distributed by MCT Information Services

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