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Home in the hills

New York, Aug. 4: This Catwoman is preparing to nest.

Oscar-winning actor Halle Berry, who starred last year as Batman’s comic-book paramour, announced in May that she was ready to have a child.

Now, she has purchased a nearly $6-million home in Hollywood Hills from Frankie Muniz, star of Fox’s Malcolm in the Middle.

The 37-year-old Berry, who is single, may follow in the footsteps of actor Angelina Jolie and adopt a child, or else have a baby through artificial insemination.

Berry, twice divorced, said on The Oprah Winfrey Show that she had no plans to marry again.

The house, which she bought for its asking price, is Old World Tuscan in style. It was built in the 1920s but was extensively remodelled in 2003. The remodel, which took it down to the studs, resulted in high ceilings, archways, columns and bougainvillaea-draped stucco walls.

The main house is about 4,500 square feet with four bedrooms. The yard has a spa, a pool with a stone “diving board” and two fire pits made of lava rock. It has a 10-car motor court and five-car garage.

A focal point is the eat-in kitchen, which features terracotta floor tiles from France.

There are five fireplaces, some made of stones, others are brick, surround sound throughout the house, city views, and a media room.

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