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Black Angus Ranch Goes on Block

October 04, 1987|RUTH RYON | Times Staff Writer

Stuart Anderson, founder of the Black Angus/Cattle Co. Restaurant chain, is putting his 2,500-acre ranch just outside Seattle, near the rodeo town of Ellensburg, on the auction block today at 1 p.m.

Anderson is an old hand at auctioning fine western art and prime livestock, so the bidding process seemed a natural, he said. He's selling because he isn't using the ranch--which he's owned since 1966--to market his restaurants anymore, and he just wants to take life easier.

The ranch is being offered through Santa Monica-based Kennedy-Wilson in five parcels, with minimum bids from $295,000-$475,000, except for an unpublished price on the parcel with Anderson's 4,775-square-foot home, tennis and volleyball courts, swimming pool, and 7,070-square-foot hay barn, which is used as a party facility.

Latecomers who can't catch a plane in time to get up to the auction might be able to bid by phone. For details: 1-800/826-5118.

Barry Diller, chairman of 20th Century Fox Film Corp., has purchased a three-acre home in Malibu that was owned by Kenny Rogers before the popular singer sold it to Dr. William Rader, KABC Channel 7's resident psychologist.

Rader sold the house, we're told, because he wanted to take up ranching in his spare time. Diller bought it as a weekend retreat.

Rogers bought the rambling one-story home with a funicular from the bluff to the beach as a birthday gift for his wife. Interior designer Ron Wilson turned it into what we hear is one of the prettiest properties overlooking Paradise Cove.

In the latest transaction, Jim Rapf & Associates represented Rader, and Mossler, Veasy & Doe represented Diller. (Jim Rapf & Associates, not Jim Retz & Associates--as we reported last week, and Previews also represented the sellers of the Norton Simon/Jennifer Jones Malibu estate.)

Rader was asking about $4.9 million, and we hear that the property sold for just under that.

An apartment house built in 1936 by cowboy star Tom Mix for himself and his wife is on the market.

The Mix family lived in various apartments from the time the complex was completed until 1971 when it was purchased by the present owners.

Mix died in 1940, but lived in the three-bedroom, 2 1/2-bath town house and later moved to the three-bedroom, two-bath penthouse, adding a private elevator at that time, said Bernice Gibbons, who has the $1.7-million listing in her West L. A. office.

The French Normandy-style, seven-unit courtyard-building is across the street from Roxbury Park in Beverly Hills.

Dean Martin has moved back to Beverly Hills after a two-year stint in Pacific Palisades.

He bought a house in the Palisades with a view of the Will Rogers polo fields because he plays golf near there. So why did he return to Beverly Hills? "I guess he just wanted to make his home base back there," said Rose Borne, who represented Martin along with Marilyn Nelson of Stan Herman & Associates.

Martin has purchased a Beverly Hills house described as "country style, also with a view." The Palisades, Santa Fe-style house was sold for $1.3 million to a builder/developer. To tear down? "No, no, no," said Borne. "It's stunning, only 5-years-old, with a fireplace in the master bedroom."

Speaking of Dino, his agent, Mort Viner (who also handles Shirley MacLaine and Gene Kelly), is also on the move, having listed his Trousdale estate, behind gates with a tennis court, pool and a view, for $2,375,000--also with Borne and Nelson.

George Hamilton has moved from the Beverly Hills-area house he has been renting, and the place is available now for the bargain price of $8,750 a month to lease or $985,000 to buy--all through Annie Constantinesco at Stan Herman & Associates.

And where is the dashing actor? Traveling. He still has a gorgeous yacht at Marina del Rey to call home.

Jack Kent Cooke's former home on nearly an acre in Bel-Air--where the one-time owner of the Lakers, Kings and the Forum and current owner of the Washington Redskins and Los Angeles Daily News lived for about 30 years--has been sold by his ex-wife, Jean, to Marshall Geller, an investment broker with Bear Stearns & Co., and his wife, Patricia.

The Spanish-style home was remodeled about three years ago but was built in the early '30s, said Joyce Flaherty of Schreiber Realty, who represented the buyers. The house sold for $3.65 million.

A model of what is dubbed "the Working Woman's Dream Home" will be unveiled Tuesday by Scarborough Corp. at its Beagle Club development in Voorhees, N. J. The $150,000-$170,000 prototype--dream prices to Californians whether they are working women or not--was designed with the help of 15 working women.

Eighteen years ago, the same builder came up with a "Mother's Dream House," which had a sewing room and a butler's pantry. The "Working Woman's Dream Home" has an office for the woman-of-the-house instead. We've come a long way, haven't we? Or have we?

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