A Sherlock Mystery: Is Benedict Cumberbatch Moving to LA?

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Maybe British actor Benedict Cumberbatch wants to live in Los Angeles County to avoid a last-minute flight over the pond to collect next year's Oscar for his stunning performance in "The Imitation Game," which I predict is in the bag. But I hear that Cumberbatch, who recently became engaged to theater/opera director Sophie Hunter, is about to make a close-to-asking price offer on a $16.9 million Hidden Hills estate with panoramic city and pastoral views.

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I heard about the deal from the the British tabloid the Daily Mail, which heard about it from an "estate agent" -- that's what they call listing agents in England -- who reportedly said, "'Benedict's representatives have indicated he is ready to make an initial offer which will not be too far off the asking price, so he could be moving in early in the New Year."

I'll take that as a bona fide rumor, because the U.S. listing agent for the property was out of town for the holidays and his assistant wouldn't interrupt her boss' vacation to confirm/deny this for me. All she'd reveal is that the property is not in escrow – realtor-speak for no deal's gone down yet.

The maybe-Cumberbatch house is a Tuscan-style manse nestled atop a knoll in the western San Fernando Valley, about 22 miles from Beverly Hills. The 14,829 square-foot house has spectacular views of nearby foothills and features:
  • seven bedrooms and nine baths.
  • master suite with all-stone bath.
  • large sitting balcony with sunrise and sunset views.
  • theater.
  • game room with wet bar.
  • outside guest suite with private entrance.
  • five-car garage.
  • pool, spa and basketball court.
Cumberbatch is best known for playing Sherlock Holmes in the BBC television series "Sherlock." His portrayal of Enigma codebreaker Alan Turing in "The Imitation Game" has received some rave reviews -- including one from the New York Times calling his performance, "one of the year's finest pieces of screen acting."

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