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Anchor Set in Pasadena

June 23, 1991|RUTH RYON | TIMES STAFF WRITER

COLLEEN WILLIAMS, who co-anchors the KNBC Channel 4 news at 5 p.m., has purchased a home in Pasadena with her husband of five months, Air Force Maj. Jon Dudley, whom she met last fall when she went to Saudi Arabia to cover the Persian Gulf War.

"I arranged a trip there to be with some of the troops and at the last minute he was substituted as my escort officer," she said. "It was the first time he had been an escort officer, because he is a pilot.

"So we met there in September, got married here in January, and then he went promptly back to fly combat missions."

Now they commute every day to see each other, she said. She drives from her work in Burbank or her home in Tarzana, where she has been living for six years, or he drives from his home in Moreno Valley. He is stationed at the nearby March Air Force Base.

He plans to maintain his Moreno Valley residence, but the Pasadena home, bought for nearly its $1.4-million asking price, will ease the commute, they figure. They plan to take occupancy in about a month.

The Pasadena home, near the Rose Bowl and the residence of Williams' co-anchor Jess Marlow, is a two-story French Regency with five bedrooms in about 6,000 square feet. It also has a swimming pool.

Built in 1940, it was recently renovated. "The Pasadena home is about 99% new," said Mike Glickman, who has the $659,000 listing on Williams' Tarzana house at Jon Douglas Co., Encino. The Tarzana home has four bedrooms in 3,000 square feet.

"I hate to sell it, because I love its secluded back yard," Williams said, "but I'm selling it for love."

She and her husband were represented in their purchase by Patara Badart with Jon Douglas Co.'s Pasadena office.

Singer/songwriter NEIL SEDAKA, who became a pop star in the late 1950s with such songs as "Breaking Up Is Hard to Do" but went on to write and produce many hits for other recording artists, has closed escrow on a condo next door to one he already owns in West Hollywood.

Both condos are pied-a-terres for Sedaka, 52, his wife and their two grown children, sources said. "He'll keep the old condo--a one-bedroom, 1,000-square-footer--for his kids' use," one source said.

Sedaka also owns a 5,000-square-foot brownstone on Manhattan's Park Avenue and a larger home in Westport, Conn., other sources said.

He bought the second condo, for about $500,000, "because of its city views and other features," one noted. The unit has two bedrooms in about 1,700 square feet and was just redecorated by the seller, an interior designer who died while the property was in escrow.

The condos are in Shoreham Towers, a 13-story, 131-unit building off of the Sunset Strip that was built in the early '60s.

Among other celebrities said to own units there are ballet dancer Alexander Godunov, rocker David Lee Roth, director John Frankenheimer, who sold his Malibu home to actor Tom Hanks in May, and rocker Axl Rose, who also owns a house in the Hollywood Hills.

Robert Nelson represented Sedaka, and Elizabeth Klock, Jon Douglas Co., represented the seller. Neither was available for comment.

Laker forward JAMES WORTHY and his wife, Angela, plan to move in August into the Pacific Palisades home they bought a year ago last December for about $2.6 million.

The five-bedroom, 5,000-square-foot house had just been remodeled when they bought it, but they have been adding another three bedrooms and 5,000 square feet to it, sources said.

The gated home, with a swimming pool and tennis court, was built about 12 years ago.

Now the Worthys are putting their former home, in Westchester, on the market at $825,000. The four-bedroom, 2,900-square-foot house is listed with Barbara Robinson and Gwen Troy at Prudential Rodeo Realty, Beverly Hills.

NANCY SINATRA, who made "These Boots Were Made for Walking" a hit '60s song and last year wrote a book about her father--singer Frank Sinatra--has just completed building a Beverly Hills home that she's listed at about $5 million.

It's the second home that she has designed and built. The first was her own residence. She plans to continue building custom homes to sell, sources said.

The home that she just completed took 18 months to construct. It has three bedrooms, maid's quarters and an indoor gym, all in 8,500 square feet, excluding a guest house. Joan Richman of Fred Sands Estates' has the listing.

A 31-room, Santa Ynez mansion that sat half built for nearly 20 years has been completed and is on the market at $7.9 million.

"When we bought the house two years ago, it was just a shell," said owner Kenneth Landau, a home builder who just completed the three-story, 24,000-square-foot residence on a 101-acre site.

The home was a vision of FLETCHER JONES, not the car dealer but the financial wizard who built Computer Sciences Corp., one of the world's largest computer firms.

Jones, who was divorced, had started building the mansion for himself and his two young sons when he was killed in 1972 while landing his plane at a nearby airport. He was 41.

"All work on the interiors (of the house) stopped with his death," Landau said. "It was fun to finish his dream, begun so long ago."

Jones, a self-made millionaire who traveled extensively, was building an Italianate-style mansion inspired by a villa he had seen on the Isle of Capri. The house has six bedrooms plus servants' quarters, a health spa, swimming pool, two tennis courts and 11 fireplaces.

Landau's wife, Lois, has the listing with Pitts & Bachmann, Montecito.

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