Ex-NHL star Courtnall sells to Britney Spears

Victoria hockey player's career included Canucks, L.A. Kings

Pop star and singing competition judge Britney Spears has bought the Thousand Oaks home of former Vancouver Canuck 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The property came on the market in August at $8.5 million and was withdrawn from the Multiple Listing Service within a month.

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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 centre 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. Victoria-raised 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.


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 long-time home of Emmy-winning television director John Rich.

The two-storey 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.

The three-quarter-acre-plus property, which 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.


Actor Tim Allen has purchased a home in Hollywood Hills West for $1.4 million.

The ranch-style house, built in 1963, features open-plan living areas, wide-plank pine floors, a stone fireplace, a den, three bedrooms, three bathrooms and 2,604 square feet of living space. The single-storey home sits on just under a third of an acre lot with mature trees.

Allen, 59, starred in The Santa Clause films and is the voice of Buzz Lightyear in the Toy Story series. He stars on Last Man Standing (2011-present) and starred on Home Improvement (1991-99).


Actor Albert Brooks has sold the former Merv Griffin estate for $6.275 million.

The two-acre-plus property had been priced at $6.995 million. The listing says the property is in upper Bel-Air, although the Los Angeles Times Mapping Database considers the location to be Sherman Oaks.

Features in the 5,100-square-foot, single-storey house include wood-panelled ceilings, expanses of windows, four bedrooms and 5.5 bathrooms. There is a tennis court, an infinity pool with a spa and mature landscaping.

Brooks, 65, appeared last year in Drive and has been in guest spots on The Simpsons since 1990. He was nominated for an Oscar for his supporting role in Broadcast News (1987).

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