Actor Neil Patrick Harris, who has starred in "Doogie Howser, M.D." and "How I Met Your Mother" and who came out of the closet as a gay man last year, has paid just over $1.5 million for a house in Los Angeles' Sherman Oaks area and has listed his house in Los Angeles' Studio City area for almost $1.3 million, according to the Los Angeles Times.
The Times today reported on Harris' moves, neither of which could be independently confirmed yet. However, Harris historically has been an inveterate buyer and seller of real estate in the San Fernando Valley, so neither comes as much of a surprise.

In July 1999, Harris' Blackacre Trust paid $635,000 for the one-story, 1,996-square-foot ranch-style house on Ben Avenue that the Times today reported that Harris is selling for close to $1.3 million. Features in that house, which was built in 1940, include new granite counters in the kitchen, hardwood floors, a detached guest room, a pool, and a 400-square-foot pool house with a fireplace, all on less than a quarter-acre lot, according to public records and the Times. Harris, the Times reported, is using well-known real estate agent Monty Iceman to list the house on Ben Avenue, who also was Harris' listing agent back in 1999 when Harris sold his prior house, in Sherman Oaks. Listing information and photos are not available online for the house on Ben Avenue.

Now, the Times reported, Harris has paid just over the $1.5 million asking price to buy a 2,408-square-foot house on Galewood Street in the Longridge Estates area of Sherman Oaks from actor Jack McGee, a former New York City firefighter who now plays a fire chief on the FX show "Rescue Me."

The public-records databases we use haven't yet shown that sale to have cleared, so we can't independently verify the Times' report. However, when we get more information on the sale, we'll also provide it for you here. We had some difficulty finding McGee's listing online--Iceman (who represented McGee as well as Harris) clearly does an excellent job not disclosing listings online that relate to celebrity clients--but you can head over to the Real Estalker today for some grainy photos of the house on Galewood Street. Built in 1950, Harris' new house has a pool, spa, lookout deck, San Fernando Valley views, and private driveway, the Times reported. Other features include a master suite with a steam shower and French doors opening to a patio, and a kitchen with granite countertops, custom cabinets and a gourmet center island of butcher block, the Times reported. Public records show that McGee paid $1.24 million in early 2005 for the house, which sits on more than a half-acre.

We'll keep you posted when we get a final selling price for Harris' new Sherman Oaks house and for the house on Ben Avenue in Studio City that he's selling.