REAL ESTATE

Chinese Movie Star Bingbing Li Selling L.A. Home for $2.98M

LI Bingbing

LI Bingbing  (2015 Venturelli)

Actress Bingbing Li is one of many Chinese entertainers who've made their way to the United States. The 2013 movie "Resident Evil: Retribution" brought Li to Hollywood and to the high-stakes real estate market of Los Angeles. The star, Variety's 2013 Asian Star of the Year, is now selling her home near Bel Air for $2.98 million.

She purchased the five-bedroom, 5,800-square-foot home in June 2013 for $2.43 million, according to public records. Now it's back on the market for $550,000 more than she paid for it three years ago. Sonny Saito, the agent who represents the listing, offered no comment when we spoke with him.

The beautiful French-style home is located near the MountainGate Golf Course. A large deck overlooks the golf course and offers views of the city skyline from Century City all the way to downtown.

There's a gorgeous circular entryway, leading to a grand staircase that brings you to four large bedrooms upstairs. A grand master bedroom has a fireplace and a reading area -- perfect for studying scripts while bathed in sunshine.

Large French doors open up the living room and let plenty of natural light inside. The basement has over 1,800 square feet, with a sauna, gym, bar, and game room.

While she isn't a household name in the United States, Li has starred in 28 movies and spent over two decades in the movie biz in China. Her excellent work in the 2009 espionage thriller "The Message" earned her the best actress award in Taiwan's Golden Horse Awards.

Born in a small city in Northeast China, the 43-year-old actress first came to the attention of Asian audiences with her role in TV show "Young Justice Bao." Li's first English-language movie was 2011's "Snow Flower and the Secret Fan," in which she co-starred with Hugh Jackman.

After continued success overseas, Li made her blockbuster movie debut in 2013 as secret agent Ada Wong in "Resident Evil: Retribution." Once the movie wrapped, she stayed in Los Angeles and enjoyed life as a regular person -- taking language classes, grocery shopping, and cooking all by herself -- as reported by Sohu News.

She next appeared on the big screen in the 2014 blockbuster "Transformers: Age of Extinction." Last year, she snagged a role in Stan Lee's film "The Realm of the Tiger" as the first Chinese female superhero. The movie is set for release next year.