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Still Anchored in the Hills

May 31, 1992|RUTH RYON | TIMES STAFF WRITER

KNBC-TV anchorwoman KELLY LANGE and her former husband, film director William Friedkin, have sold a Hollywood Hills home that Lange had built in the late 1980s.

Lange had the home built on spec next to a house she had built for herself about 10 years ago. She sold the 6,400-square-foot spec house, which has a 600-square-foot gym, to Friedkin for about $1.9 million before they were married in 1987.

After they were married, Lange became part-owner of the house. After it was completed, about 1990, she and Friedkin were divorced.

Friedkin ("The Exorcist," "The French Connection") married producer Sherry Lansing ("Fatal Attraction," "The Accused") last July.

Lange and Friedkin sold the house they owned jointly for $3 million to David Mirkin, sources say. Mirkin was an executive producer of "Newhart," which aired weekly on CBS from 1982 to 1990, and he was director of the recently canceled Fox sitcom "Get a Life!"

Lange sold the house she had built for herself last spring for about $3 million, while a 10,000-square-foot Florentine villa was being built for her in the Hollywood Hills.

SHADOE STEVENS, host of the syndicated radio program "American Top 40," and his wife, Beverly, have bought the Benedict Canyon home that has been the subject of litigation involving Roseanne and Tom Arnold.

In a suit filed last July, the sellers--record company executive Spencer Proffer and his wife, Suzanne--claimed that the comedienne and her husband caused more than $205,000 in damage to their house during a 10-month stay that ended in May, 1990. The Arnolds rented the house at $16,000 a month when the Proffers moved to Santa Ynez in 1989.

The Arnolds denied damaging the property and filed suit against the National Enquirer accusing the tabloid of conspiring with the homeowners to concoct a phoney story.

In January, the suit against the National Enquirer was dropped, but the Arnolds' countersuit seeking to recover a $32,000 security deposit and punitive damages is still pending, along with the Proffers' case.

The house was built in 1951 with three bedrooms in about 3,200 square feet. It was later remodeled and expanded.

The Stevenses bought a gated, French Country-style home with five bedrooms in about 5,000 square feet. The Beverly Hills-area home sits on slightly more than acre with a tennis court and pool.

The property sold for close to its $2,495,000 asking price, said a source not involved in the transaction.

Bob and Carol Hurwitz of the Hurwitz-James Co. represented the sellers, and Marilyn Jones of Prudential Rodeo Realty represented the buyers.

MIKE DUNLEAVY, who was named coach of the Milwaukee Bucks in May after coaching the Lakers for two years, and his wife, Emily, have put their Santa Monica home on the market at slightly more than $2 million.

Despite his team finishing sixth in the Pacific Division this year, Lakers owner Jerry Buss had offered Dunleavy a contract extension when Milwaukee Bucks owner Herb Kohl gave Dunleavy an eight-year, $8-million contract, believed to be the longest term ever given an NBA coach.

Dunleavy had spent five seasons as a player and assistant coach in Milwaukee when he took over for Lakers coach Pat Riley.

The Dunleavys had purchased their newly built, six-bedroom house in Santa Monica last fall for about the same price that they are seeking for it now.

The house has six bedrooms, 6 1/2 baths and an elevator in nearly 7,700 square feet, including a 2,000-square-foot basement, which has a guest room, maid's quarters, wine cellar, laundry and media room.

The home is listed by Ellen Sangermano and Tish Moreno of Douglas Properties.

Los Angeles architect CORKY KORKOWSKI bought a town in 1972 that he's now putting back on the market.

The town, Dinsmore, is in Humbolt County, 290 miles north of San Francisco, and has a lodge, 13 cabins, four houses and other buildings on 430 acres, with 5 miles of riverfront.

The facilities are now being leased as a drug and alcohol recovery center for teen-aged boys, but when Korkowski bought them, he ran the lodge as a country inn, and he raised his children there.

"I got divorced, got custody of my four kids and bought the town," he said. "Now they're grown, most of them are back down here, and I'm a grandpa."

So, at 65, he bought a house in Los Feliz and listed the town at $3.75 million with Winnie McFarland at United National Real Estate in Redding.

"Dinsmore is just too much for me to run anymore," he said with a sigh. "Those were the 20 best years of my life."

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