Hollywood actor Matthew Mcconaughey has given himself an expensive birthday treat - he's purchased a $1.3 million (GBP722,000) house next door to his home.

McConaughey, who turned 35 on Thursday (04NOV04), picked up the half-acre lot, which boasts a pool and a two-bedroom, one bathroom house on it.

The house is in need of refurbishing and could be used as a guesthouse, or it could be razed and replaced with a tennis court.

McConaughey, currently dating Spanish actress Penelope Cruz, purchased his current three-bedroom, three-bathroom home in 2003 for the same price as his latest piece of property.

08/11/2004 09:18