Public records have cleared for the 5,651-square-foot that actress Denise Richards recently purchased in Hidden Hills, Calif. -- and just across the street from her current house, which she has on the market -- and they reveal that the actress paid precisely the $4,395,000 listing price for her new house.


In a Big Time Listings exclusive, we can report that Richards paid $4,395,000 -- and not the $4.6 million amount that the Los Angeles Times' RuthRyon recently reported-- for her new house on a 1.118-acre parcel at 23726 Long Valley Road in Hidden Hills. Records show that Richards' Strudel Trust purchased the house on June 29. The purchase was recorded on August 3, according to public records. (the deed erroneously calls the property's address 23736 Long Valley Road; its actual address, however, is 23726 Long Valley Road)


We wrote aboutRichards' new houseon September 22, in the wake of Ryon's column. We remain baffled that in that column, Ryon completely omitted the fact that 1) Richards has, since May 2006, owned another residence in Hidden Hills, at 23703 Long Valley Road; 2) that residence at 23703 Long Valley Road is just across the street from the house at 23726 Long Valley Road that she purchased; and 3) Richards' house at 23703 Long Valley Road currently is on the market! It's possible that omitting that information was yet another of themany Faustian bargainsthat Ryon enters into in order to get scoops.

In any case, Richards' new house has five bedrooms, seven baths, a chef's kitchen, a sun-filled breakfast room, a family room with a brick fireplace and library shelves, a master retreat with a sitting area and a master bath with an island tub, a steam shower, Carrera marble counters and a whitewashed brick fireplace, according to listing information.

Check out an online listing sheet -- complete with plenty of photos -- forRichards' new house.

Movement clearly is afoot with Richards' existing house across the street, which originally had been listed for $4,495,000. On October 22, the MLS was updated to reveal that that house, which Richards purchased in May 2006 through her Lucy Trust for $4,000,000 and which now is listed for $3,799,950, is 'looking for backup,' which usually is an indication that a deal is about to close. Check out itsMLS listing sheetand check out a website that was set up exclusively for the househere.