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James Franco has never been one to follow the Hollywood crowd. Rather than pick up a mock-Mediterranean manse in Beverly Hills, the actor (as well as writer, college teacher and poet) bought a duplex in Silver Lake, according to the Real Estalker blog.

For the past few years Franco has been living in New York, where he was simultaneously attending Columbia University and New York University for writing and filmmaking. He also is a English Ph.D. candidate at Yale. In between classes, Franco has starred in acclaimed films such as “127 Hours” and “Milk.”

Purchased in August for $775,000, Franco’s new home is described as a “mini compound” with a main 2-bed, 1.75-bath home and additional attached 1-bed, 1-bath area with kitchen and deck that can be used as a rental or space for family and friends to stay.

Previously owned by “Mad Men” costume designer Janie Bryant, the 1923 main home has been updated with new tile in the bathroom and new kitchen appliances, while retaining the original hardwood and Spanish tiles.

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