Anthony Zuiker, the TV show wunderkind who created all three version of the moneymaking "CSI" franchise, is the person behind the trust that paid $9,350,000 to purchase celebrity manager Rick Yorn's five-bedroom house in Los Angeles' Brentwood area.


In a Big Time Listings exclusive, we can identify Zuiker (shown here with his wife), 40, as the buyer of the 6,689-square-foot, East Coast traditional-style house on a popular (and historically celebrity-filled) street in Brentwood. The deal closed in July (and was recorded in August), but we had been holding off on writing about Yorn's sale (and its amount) until 1) we could identify the buyer as well; and 2) the end of 2008 (many of our recent posts have involved deals that occurred -- and in many cases, were written about by others -- in 2008 that we've never written about but very much have wanted to).


Back on September 2, the Los Angeles Times' Ann Brenoff wrote about Yorn's sale of the house, which he had owned since paying $7,800,000 to purchase it in mid-2005. Brenoff got the $9,350,000 sale price right, but she didn't mention who the buyer was.

Now, we can do so. It's Zuiker's (pronounced "ZY-kur's") first Los Angeles-area residence, by our reckoning, after years of owning property in Las Vegas. Records show that Zuiker's main residence over the years has been a 7,353-square-foot mansion on nearly a half-acre (a 20,038-square-foot lot) in Henderson, Nev. that Zuiker and his wife purchased for $2,000,000 in 2002. He also owns several other properties in Vegas, including: a 2,352-square-foot house at 7642 Eaglehelm Court in Las Vegas that he sold in July 2002 for $229,900, according to public records; a 3,328-square-foot house in Henderson, Nev. that he purchased in July 2003 for $460,425, according to public records; and a 3.08-acre property in Henderson, Nev. (unclear if there's a house on it or not) that he purchased in March 2006 for $3,000,000, according to public records.

Built in 2005, Zuiker's new two-story house in Brentwood, which had been on the market for $9,500,000, has six baths, hardwood floors, extensive built-ins and state-of-the-art electronics, according to public records and listing information. The house has an outdoor pool and sits on a gated, 0.32-acre (13,939-square-foot) lot, according to public records.

Records show that Zuiker's trust closed on the house on July 30, with the deal being recorded on August 28. Although Brenoff came up with (and published) the purchase amount right away, it didn't actually become available in public records until sometime this fall.

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