May 25, 2012 at 9:58 AM ET
Celebrity real estate heated up this week with some big real estate moves by some big names. Josh Hutcherson of "The Hunger Games" picked up a home rich in Hollywood history, Oprah Winfrey is listing a home she never lived in and Leonardo DiCaprio is looking for a renter for his Malibu home.
Josh Hutcherson was no stranger to the big screen when he was selected for blockbuster film "The Hunger Games. The 19-year-old had previous roles in "Bridge to Terabithia," "Journey to the Center of the Earth" and "The Kids are Alright." But his role as Peeta Mellarck firmly put Hutcherson on Hollywood's hot list.
With a contract inked out for the second and third installment of "Hunger Games" trilogy, Hutcherson decided to cement his arrival in Tinseltown with a purchase of a Hollywood Hills home.
Of course the 19-year-old didn't buy just any property for his first L.A. home. Hutcherson picked up a place that was previously owned by two Hollywood heavyweights: Heath Ledger and Ellen DeGeneres.
According to listing records, Ledger purchased the property from DeGeneres in August 2005 for $2,100,021. He and his girlfriend, Michelle Williams, lived there throughout their relationship and the birth of their daughter until their split in 2007. After Ledger's death in Manhattan in January 2008, the Hollywood Hills home was put on the market and sold that July for $2.5 million.
Since then, the mid-century has bounced on and off the real estate market, most recently listed for $2.995 million. It's unclear whether Hutcherson snatched the home for a deeper discount.
Built in 1951, the mid-century has only 2 bedrooms, 2 bathrooms and 1,861 square feet of living space, but it has over 2,000 square feet of outdoor living spaces including a multiple decks hidden by the greenery of trees, which lends to its nickname as "The Tree House." One of the decks has a movie projector and lounge area; other spaces feature more seating, a barbecue and dining area.
She must really want it sold.
Otherwise, why would media mogul Oprah Winfrey slash the price for her stunning 4,600-square-foot Chicago condo?
Winfrey has re-listed the 3-bedroom, 4-bathroom co-op at 199 E. Lakeshore Drive for $2.8 million, which is exactly half of the $5.6 million she paid for the place in 2006.
According to the Chicago Tribune, which reported the news Wednesday, Oprah spends most of her time at her palatial digs in California and Hawaii since leaving her show last year. She still owns a duplex nearby in Chicago's coveted Gold Coast real estate market, but has apparently ramped up efforts to divest of the condo she bought in 2006 but never moved into.
After trying to sell the condo in 2008, Winfrey had it listed as a rental for $15,000 a month. According to the Tribune, the pressure is on to finally get the elegant abode sold.
See more photos of Oprah's luxury condo on Zillow.
A little over 30 miles down the highway from Los Angeles, Malibu is a welcome spot for stars looking for a reprieve from the bright lights of Hollywood.
The beaches and cliffs of the area are filled with homes of A-listers, including Steven Spielberg, Tom Hanks, Bette Midler and Leonardo DiCaprio.
DiCaprio, in particular, owns two homes in the area, and one of them, an oceanfront property in the Malibu Colony area, is listed for rent for a whopping $75,000 a month. Of course, if you want to rent the home for a shorter time period, the rent jumps to $115,000 a month.
While the steep rent? For one thing, the DiCaprio's home sits on a nearly half an acre of prime Malibu real estate with full beach access. Additionally, according to current data, the rental market is hotter than ever, with rents increasing nationwide.
The property holds two homes: the main house is 4 bedrooms and faces the ocean, and a side, detached guest house has an additional two bedrooms. According to the listing description, the home was recently updated.