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Jan. 13: The best possible birthday gift for Orlando Bloom, to sell his Los Angeles home

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Perhaps the best gift for Orlando Bloom, who turns 37 today, would be the sale of his Los Angeles home.

The property has been on the market three months already, and he’s had to drop the price by almost $300,000—though that’s admittedly not much of a reduction when the home is going for $4.2 million.

Orlando Bloom

Described in the listing as “emotional, peaceful, tranquil, serene,” Bloom’s home rests behind a wooden gate on three quarters of an acre in a gated community in the Outposts. The “mature foliage” on the property is guaranteed (by the broker) to inspire thoughts of restfulness and security.

That’s a good thing, because Bloom’s home was one of the many targeted and burglarized by the infamous “Bling Ring,” a group of teens who stole from the homes of celebrities like Paris Hilton and Lindsay Lohan. Bloom’s ex-wife Victoria Secret model Miranda Kerr’s underwear was apparently the reason for the raid, though they made off with high-fashion clothing, Louis Vuitton luggage, artwork and Bloom’s Rolex watch collection.

The break-in spooked Bloom, who had already selected the home for its privacy, so he installed a state-of-the-art camera security system, which is even pictured in listing photos, to keep track of potential unwanted visitors.

[Click here for gallery of Orlando Bloom's home]

Inside the fenced-in property, there’s a home, built-in pool with a swim machine and a spa. The home was built in 1940 on a single level, boasts four bedrooms and 3.5 bathrooms, and includes three fireplaces, a den and a library in 3,248 feet of living space.

A custom cherry/walnut kitchen comes complete with the best appliances money can buy and large windows, which show off the dining patio and built-in barbecue outside.

Bloom bought the house for $2.75 million in 2007. He promptly painted the entire outside black, which drew some complaints from neighbors, though it’s hard to tell how they could even really see it at that point.

[Editor's note: Oops! Yahoo Homes' editor jumped the gun a bit and published this on Jan. 10. His birthday is Jan. 13. We republished it Jan. 13, and we apologize for the error.]

Ilyce Glink is an award-winning, nationally syndicated real estate columnist, blogger and radio talk show host, and managing editor of the Equifax Finance Blog. Follow her on Twitter @Glink.

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