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It's Ciao to Singer's Italian-Style Villa

September 30, 1990|RUTH RYON | TIMES STAFF WRITER

Pop singer KENNY LOGGINS--who is working on a new album, "Leap of Faith," to be released early next year before he goes on tour--and his wife, Eva, have put their nearly 20-acre Montecito home on the market at $14 million.

The couple is selling because they filed for divorce, sources say. They have been married for 12 years and have three children.

They had the home built two years ago after touring Italy with their architect, Barry Berkus. Berkus designed the compound to take advantage of the ocean and mountain views and to capture the 8th- through 16th-Century Tuscan hill town architecture.

The idea was to make the Loggins' home seem as if it had evolved over time, like a town through the ages. Centuries-old beams and timbers were used to create the villa, along with antique pavers, handcrafted iron, blown glass and hand-made bricks.

The home has nine bedrooms, 10 1/2 baths, five kitchens, three laundry rooms, seven fireplaces, a four-car attached garage and a two-car detached garage/work shop with toy storage.

There is an 8,500-square-foot main house, guest house or nanny's quarters, pool house, caretaker's cottage, sports complex and kennel.

The home also has a well, stream, pool, spa, pond, two waterfalls and fountains. There is a tree house in the yard, an orchard, vineyard bearing Cabernet Sauvignon grapes, and rose, vegetable and herb gardens.

Penelope Williams of Prudential Rodeo Realty, Montecito, has the listing.

The Hollywood Hills home of the late politician EVELLE YOUNGER has been sold, and his widow, Mildred, has purchased a smaller home in Beverly Hills.

Younger, who died of heart disease in the house in May, 1989, was Los Angeles County district attorney during the prosecutions of mass murderer Charles Manson and Sirhan Sirhan, assassin of Sen. Robert F. Kennedy. Later, as state attorney general, he ran for governor, losing to Edmund G. (Jerry) Brown Jr.

His widow, the daughter of a politician, shared his lifelong bent for politics and was once a candidate for the Legislature.

"They didn't live in the Hollywood Hills home very long," said Jack Hupp, who represented her with Betty Kelly, also of his Beverly Hills realty firm. "They bought it in 1987. Then Evelle Younger passed away very suddenly, and she was left alone in a rather large house; she felt like she wanted someplace a little smaller."

The Youngers' Hollywood Hills home was described as about 4,000 square feet in size. The new house is a little smaller, one story with a pool, sources said.

She paid $1.5 million for her new home, according to public records, and sold her Hollywood Hills home for $2.1 million through Jan Smith of Rodeo Realty. Her new Beverly Hills home had been listed by Ron de Salvo of Douglas Properties.

BEVERLY SASSOON, former wife of hair-expert VIDAL SASSOON who has her own cosmetics/skin-care line and published her first novel, "Fantasies," last February, has listed her Holmby Hills home at $1.75 million.

"Her four kids (from her marriage to Sassoon) are all grown and moved out, so she's shopping for a condo on the Wilshire Corridor," said Carrie Winston, Sassoon's spokeswoman.

The four-bedroom, 4 1/2-bath Holmby house was remodeled and expanded about six years ago, according to Pat Meder, who has the listing with Fred Sands' Century City/Holmby Hills office.

"They added a second story then and redid the house from stem to stern," she said. The contemporary-style home has skylights, an office and a fireplace in the master suite.

The original house was built about 50 years ago. Sassoon has owned the property for four years.

Actor SIDNEY TOLER, who appeared in 22 movies, mainly during the 1940s as the detective Charlie Chan, planned to build a palace on a Hollywood hilltop but died in 1947 after starting the grading, sources say.

The 14-acre site, in the area known as Mt. Olympus, stood barren until George Hillinger, a retired importer/exporter, and his wife, Vera, bought the tract and subdivided it, selling four acres and keeping three. The other seven are on the market.

Now the Hillingers are building a 14,000-square-foot mansion on the hilltop.

"It's their dream house," said architect Rick Schwartz about the Hillingers' estate, which he estimated will cost almost $2 million to build, not including site development and other expenses, by the time the place is completed next spring.

The seven-bedroom, 10-bath home will have an interior/exterior swimming pool, two-story entrance with a dome and a skylight, a cantilevered dance floor to accommodate 200 guests, a small lake with a waterfall, a fire pit with a sitting area and a view of Mt. Baldy to the ocean.

The Hillingers have no children. "But they like to entertain," Schwartz said.

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