November 29, 2009 19:00 ET

Leona Lewis Finds a Home From Home in Hollywood

MANCHESTER, UNITED KINGDOM--(Marketwire - Nov. 29, 2009) - Leona Lewis has snapped up a new home in Los Angeles for a whopping Pounds Sterling 1.8m.

Her new home boasts a large kitchen, swimming pool with waterfall and a hot tub as well as room to park ten cars. The property also has four bedrooms, four bathrooms as well as a dedicated guest wing.

The Tuscan-style villa in Hollywood is a far cry from her previous flat in Hackney, East London which the 24 year singer bought for Pounds Sterling 120,000.

When at talking about her recent ordeal of getting punched in the face while signing copies of her autobiography, the old 2007 X-Factor winner, said: "'I'm from Hackney, so I'm hard. I'm not going to let something like that bother me.' She will feel extra safe in her new LA home as the new property is offers 8ft electronic gates, a security system and surveillance cameras.

Steve Chelton, insurer development manager for Swinton, the UK's leading high street retailer of home insurance, said: "Leona Lewis has invested in a home that should offer the security and privacy needed by a global star. The additional security will help to reduce the cost of her home insurance premiums.

"When moving house homeowners must make sure that they have adequate building insurance cover for the new property in place as soon as they have exchanged contracts."

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