Tinseltown tabloids when hog wild last summer when paparazzi images popped up of two-time Oscar-winning movie star Renée Zellweger and reality TV staple Ant Anstead smooching and hanging out on the balcony of his newly acquired bungalow in Orange County’s once low-key and artsy now less low key and still artsy if insanely expensive Laguna Beach. In August, the “Wheeler Dealers” star confirmed he and the “Judy” star are dating — they met on the set of Anstead’s Discovery+ series “Celebrity IOU: Joyride” — and in September he posted to Instagram a series of photos of the two of them looking romantically cozy in New Orleans, where she was working on the upcoming limited series “The Thing About Pam.”
Reports soon began to surface that Zellweger was spending most of her free time in Laguna Beach and, sure enough, right about the same time last October that she sold her secluded hacienda-style home in Topanga, in the mountains above Malibu, for $6.4 million, well above the $6 million asking price and almost twice what she paid in 2015, she rented a clifftop compound in Laguna Beach.
Owned by a corporate entity tied to a venerable Orange County family who made a fortune in wholesale groceries and spirits, the quarter-acre property is conveniently directly across the street from Anstead’s bungalow. So the story goes, Anstead will shack up with Zellweger while he gives his bungalow across the street, which he refers to as Temple Home on social media, a soup-to-nuts overhaul.
Online resources suggest Zellweger is paying about $25,000 per month for the blufftop spread, which includes a 4,100-square-foot main house with three bedrooms and three and a half baths, plus a 750-square-foot guesthouse with another two bedrooms and a bath. The property was available through Re/Max agent Danielle Purcell and Laura Baptista.