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June 6, 2012

Hunger Games’ Josh Hutcherson Buys Home Previously Owned by Heath Ledger, Ellen DeGeneres

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Source: IMDb

Josh Hutcherson was no stranger to the big screen when he was selected for blockbuster film "The Hunger Games. The 19-year-old had previous roles in "Bridge to Terabithia," "Journey to the Center of the Earth" and "Kids are Alright," but his role as Peeta Mellarck firmly put Hutcherson on Hollywood's hot list.

With a contract inked out for the second and third installment of The Hunger Games trilogy, Hutcherson decided to cement his arrival in Tinseltown with a purchase of a Hollywood Hills home.

Of course the 19-year-old didn't buy just any property for his first L.A. home; Hutcherson picked up a place that was previously owned by two Hollywood heavyweights: Heath Ledger and Ellen DeGeneres.

According to listing records, Ledger purchased the property from DeGeneres in August 2005 for $2,100,021. He and his girlfriend, Michelle Williams, lived there throughout their relationship and the birth of their daughter until their split in 2007. After Ledger's death in Manhattan in January 2008, the Hollywood Hills home was put on the market and sold that July for $2.5 million.

Since then, the mid-century has bounced on and off the real estate market, most recently listed for $2.995 million. It's unclear whether Hutcherson snatched the home for a deeper discount.

Built in 1951, the mid-century has only 2 bedrooms, 2 bathrooms and 1,861 square feet of living space, but it has over 2,000 square feet of outdoor living spaces including a multiple decks hidden by the greenery of trees, which lends to its nickname as "The Tree House." One of the decks has a movie projector and lounge area; other spaces feature more seating, a barbecue and dining area.

Like many of the celebrity properties in the area, the home sits behind on a long, gated drive.

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