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05/19/2010 11:31 am ET | Updated May 25, 2011

Cool Pads: Dodgers' Matt Kemp Buys in Carlyle

There are certain things in Hollywood that, well, just shouldn't be said. High on that list is this from a publicist about The Carlyle Residences on Wilshire: "We are paparazzi-free."

Gentlemen, start your engines. I'm envisioning a matador waving a red cape as those words slip innocently from the lips.

The latest paparazzi bait to buy in the building is Dodgers Outfielder Matt Kemp, who just plopped down $2.7 million for a seventh floor unit that was listed at $3.19 million who just bought a 2,700 square foot unit that was listed at $3.2 million. (Corrected.) While Kemp is a major cutie patootie, it's his main squeeze, music superstar Rihanna, who is likely to draw the camera lenses. (What I'm hoping to see is a shot of her latest tattoo -- the one by tattoo artist Keith "Bang Bang" McCurdy that reads "Never a failure, always a lesson" -- but backwards, so that she can read it in the mirror. A good motto for a baseball player just coming out of a slump too.)

The Carlyle has attracted other high-profile celebrity buyers before this duo. Bruce Willis, Larry King and Paul Anka have all bought in the amenity-laden crescent-shaped building. The last-permitted high-rise to be built along the famed Wilshire Corridor's "Golden MIle," The Carlyle Residences were developed by Elad Properties, which also owns and developed the Plaza Hotel in New York.

How is anything truly papparazzi-free? Well, to start, each unit is accessible only by its own private elevator. And perhaps they've hired the meanest-looking doormen in town.