Penelope Cruz Lists Los Angeles Home for $3.7M

Oscar-winning Spaniard Penelope Cruz has put her three-bedroom, three-and-a-half bathroom Los Angeles home on the market for $3.695 million. The actress listed the property for lease at $14,500 a month in 2008 and still has the Sunset Strip-area spread listed as an available venue for location shoots.

The Real Estalker suspects that this isn't Cruz's full-time pad and that would explain the bland, sample-home interiors in every room that can be seen in snapshots taken by the actress' broker at Sotheby's Realty. Still, charm abounds in the sterile space. The design and architecture gives us manyreasons to have real estate envy.The Los Angeles Times calls the house "Balinese modern," and the foreign design inspiration is a huge selling point for this property. Its majestic entryway (pictured), a stately, carved-wood door, is an architectural detail you're more likely to see in Stonetown, Zanzibar than on the Sunset Strip. It leads into an open courtyard with a fountain, and a set of beautiful glass doors leads you into the home's interior.

Inside, the house capitalizes on an open plan, where all of the rooms, including a gourmet kitchen with granite counter tops, are spread across 3,334 square feet of bamboo flooring. Another thoughtful architectural detail is the small blocks of windows positioned just below the ceiling, and the glass doors and windows that appear to line almost every inch of the back of the house.

The several glazed doors mean easy access to the backyard and its kidney-shaped pool. But if the pool doesn't excite you (it's modestly-sized compared to those at other celebrity homes), there's also a king-sized poster bed on the back lawn.

Who knows how much time Cruz and her fellow-thespian beau, Javier Bardem, have actually spent in this house? We're just content to know that the fiery actress slept and, no doubt, hosted parties here at some point during her ownership. And, according to The Real Estalker, she picked a good 'hood to do it in. Writer/producer Aaron Sorkin ("The West Wing," "Studio 60 on the Sunset Strip") is said to live nearby.
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