Lauren Conrad buys $8.5 million Laguna Beach house

Lauren Conrad may have put her Laguna Beach, Calif., home on the market earlier this year, but that doesn’t mean she is leaving Orange County anytime soon. In fact, she isn't even leaving the block.

The television personality, fashionista and author just dropped $8.5 million on an amazing oceanfront property in the exclusive Lower Three Arch Bay, a short walk from the home she is currently selling for $2.695 million.

Perched above the sandy beaches of Mussel Cove, Conrad's new pad lives up to her designer status with a combination of "old world" luxury finishes and modern

The 2,910-square-foot floor plan features wood-plank flooring, handsome wood beams, skylights and bay windows that, as one might imagine, bathe the interior in natural light and soak up views of the coastline.

In the amenities department, various sitting spaces sport a relaxed feel, and an updated kitchen comes complete with honed-granite slabs and top-tier appliances.

'Outside, a private deck looks out over the cove, and an adjacent stone staircase leads down to the shore.

The oceanfront property was listed for sale in January and had a pending offer, presumably Conrad's, by the end of that month. It was also at the end of that month when Conrad began shopping her other Laguna Beach property — a 2,280-square-foot house that initially hit the market with an asking price of $2.795 million but then had the price chopped $100,000 in the past few days. It lists for $2.695 million.

In addition to her two homes in Orange County, the 28-year-old owns a pair of properties in the Los Angeles area. In 2012, Conrad made a big splash in Beverly Hills, Calif., dropping $1.35 million on a 2,200-square-foot penthouse. She followed up that purchase in a big way the following year, spending $3.745 million on a charming home in Brentwood.

Conrad rose to fame on the MTV reality series "Laguna Beach: The Real Orange County" that aired from 2004 to 2006 and the spinoff, "The Hills." Since then, the blond star has dabbled in fashion, launching her own fashion line and an online artisan shop, and authored a number of books, including The New York Times bestseller "L.A. Candy."

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