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'Sly' Stallone to Build Private Polo Field?

June 29, 1986|RUTH RYON | Times Staff Writer

Sylvester (Sly) Stallone has been looking for a place on the West Side to build a house and have a polo field too. There aren't many in-town sites big enough for that!

For awhile, it looked as if the well known actor would buy a five-acre parcel with a spectacular view in Pacific Palisades near President Reagan's former home. Stallone currently lives in the Palisades next door to sports announcer Vin Scully.

Now there are rumors around town that Stallone is considering some 75 acres at that exclusive new community in the hills overlooking Beverly Hills known as Beverly Park Estates. (Kenny Rogers is building there.)

If Stallone builds a private polo field there, he'll have company, observers say, because an entertainment executive is already building a polo field immediately to the west in Benedict Canyon.

The highest-priced house in Phoenix: That's the Gordon Hall or McCune mansion, which is on the market for $14 million, or $19 million, if you want the artworks and furnishings. (The next highest listings there are in the $4-million-to-$5-million range.)

Shopping-center developer Gordon Hall wants to sell the three-story, 150-room mansion where he, his wife and three children live despite the fact that they've only lived there for three years. Hall, a 32-year-old businessman, also added on 20,000 square feet to the previous 34,000 and once announced intentions of expanding it to 200,000 square feet with a total of 380 rooms.

So why sell now? "He just wants to move on to other things," Reuben Noel, a spokesman for Hall, said. The house is listed with Scott Jalowsky of Realty Executives in Phoenix.

The mansion was built atop Sugar Loaf Mountain in the early '60s by Pittsburgh oil heir Walker McCune, who never lived in it. "Before he got it built, he and his wife divorced, and he died before he finished it," Noel said.

McCune installed bathtubs molded to his young wife's derriere as well as an indoor ice-skating rink. The home also has 12 bedrooms, 37 bathrooms, seven kitchens, a swimming pool, tennis court, racquetball court, movie theater, a kennel for the guard dogs, and a 9,000-square-foot master suite.

Beverly Hills Hotel update: Now that the swimming pool and cabana area of the nearly 75-year-old celebrity hangout have been renovated, refurbishing has been scheduled to begin Tuesday on the Crystal Ballroom and five sample guest quarters. The rest of the 320 guest accommodations are due to be renovated, 30 at a time, starting Oct. 15.

Last week, the House of Harry Winston announced that it will open a jewelry salon in the hotel in the fall. The late Harry Winston began his career in his father's jewelry business in L. A. but returned in 1920 to New York City, where the younger Winston was born, and started a small jewelry company that later evolved into the House of Harry Winston. Now the firm has salons in New York, Geneva, Paris and Monte Carlo.

Don't be surprised to see Frank Lloyd Wright-designed tables, chairs and hassocks on the market this fall despite the fact that the master architect died in 1959.

Steven Fields Design Associates of Chicago secured Cassina of Milan, Italy, to manufacture the pieces, and a tabletop collection of silver, china and crystal, also designed by Wright, is expected to be produced by Tiffany & Co. of New York.

That's not all! A new line of fabrics and carpeting designed by Wright and manufactured by New York-based F. Schumacher & Co. will make its U. S. debut at Taliesin Gates, a community of custom homes planned by the Frank Lloyd Wright Foundation's companion organization, Taliesin Associated Architects, at the entrance to Taliesin West in Scottsdale, Ariz., a national historical landmark where Wright brought his architects and students in 1938.

The fabrics and carpeting for wall coverings, upholstery, bedspreads and draperies will be used first at the Taliesin Gates "focus house," designed by Foundation chairman William Wesley Peters and due to open in August.

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