Young actress and singer Hilary Duff has paid $3,850,000 for a five-bedroom, 5,260-square-foot Georgian Colonial-style house in the once-and-again-celebrity-filled Summit neighborhood in Los Angeles County, high above Beverly Hills.

As plenty of others have reported recently, the recently engaged Duff, 22, made the purchase several weeks ago through money manager Scott Feinstein and through her The Maison de Trust trust.

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Built in 1987 -- yes, the year of Duff's birth -- her new house has six and a half baths and sits on a 0.35-acre parcel of land that is.....literally right next door to Britney Spears' house. Features include audio/video systems, integrated iPod stations throughout the house (say what?), French doors, a grand two-story entrance, a chef's kitchen with an eat-in breakfast area, a large family room with a wet bar and a fireplace, four oversized en-suite guest bedrooms with Carrara marble baths, and a master suite with his-and-hers bathrooms and walk-in closets, according to listing information.

We have written before about Duff's other homes, in the Toluca Lake neighborhood of Los Angeles.

As an aside, it's nice to be back -- it's been a long time since we posted celebrity news outside of Chicago. Look for more non-Chicago material here, and soon.