Katy Perry, Russell Brand Buy in L.A.'s Sunset Strip Area

What gives us the most hope in these difficult housing times is when someone is still able to purchase a new house before they sell their first one. It feels so, well, so 2003. Count singer Katy Perry and her actor-husband Russell Brand in this club with dwindling membership.

They just bought the 8,835-square-foot house in the Sunset Strip area that belonged to former National Lampoon executive Daniel Laikin for $6.5 million, reports Realtor.com. Their Los Feliz home is on the market for $3,395,000 and apparently going nowhere fast. And last September, they bought a $2.7 million penthouse in Tribeca. I'm counting three mortgages, how about you?

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Katy Perry, Russell Brand Buy in L.A.'s Sunset Strip Area

The house they just bought sits on almost three acres just above the Sunset Strip and has seven bedrooms and nine bathrooms. It includes pretty fabulously landscaped grounds and has a swimming pool and rock features.

Perry is on her "Teenage Dream" album tour -- moving is the best time to be away on the road, don't you think? -- and Brand is busy filming "Rock of Ages" with Tom Cruise. Color us stressed out.

Barry Sloane of Sotheby's International Realty, Beverly Hills, was the listing agent. Ernie Carswell of Teles Properties in Beverly Hills represented the buyer, according to the MLS.

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