Jason Bateman Buys Ernest Borgnine’s Home

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Source: IMDb

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In actor Jason Bateman’s latest movie “Identity Thief,” a woman steals his identity and goes on a spending rampage with his money. Here’s hoping that Bateman’s recent big purchase was his decision and not the action of identity theft.

Bateman and his wife, Amanda Anka, recently spent $3 million on a new home for the family. The Beverly Hills compound was owned by actor Ernest Borgnine, who passed away in 2012 and owned the home for 60 years. Borgnine’s residence was listed for $3.395 million in late September 2012.

Listed by real estate agent Paul Lester of The Agency, who shared the listing with Billy Rose and Aileen Comora, the house was sold as a pocket listing, solely found on The Agency’s website.

Like most celebrity properties, the big feature of the home is its immense privacy. The house is situated on a knoll above Mulholland Drive with a gated entrance and large motor court. It’s this privacy that attracted Borgnine, as well as a number of other stars who attended gatherings there.

“Ernest brought his family up here and lived here over 60 years,” Lester said. “Lots of Hollywood history has passed through the doors of this house.”

The estate was built in 1938 and was designed by architect L.G. Scherer, contemporary of well-known Los Angeles architect Paul Williams. The 6,148-square-foot home sits on a half-acre lot with an additional 1-bedroom guesthouse with a full living room and kitchen.

The interior of the 6-bedroom house remains unchanged from Borgnine’s near lifetime in the home. Details include a formal entry hall with grand staircase, large master suite with his and her baths and dressing rooms, a study, paneled library, office, den and formal dining room.

Bateman and his wife have two children. Best known for his comedic role in the television show “Arrested Development,” Bateman’s latest film, “Identity Thief,” hits theaters this Friday.

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