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Playboy No. 1's New Playhouse


HUGH HEFNER and his wife, Kimberley, have purchased a Malibu retreat.

"They're going to use it as a beach house and probably not spend many evenings there," said Dick Rosenzweig, executive vice president of Playboy Enterprises. "It will probably be more of a day house for the family."

The Playboy founder and his wife of three years, the 1988 Playmate of the Year, have two little boys.

Their Malibu home is on the water and has three bedrooms in about 3,500 square feet. The former owner totally refurbished the house in 1989.

"We have not disclosed the price, but it was a good buy," said Rosenzweig. The asking price on the Hefners' new home was $3.25 million. Real estate sources not involved in the transaction say it sold for about $3 million.

The Hefners' main residence is the Playboy Mansion in Holmby Hills.

Hefner, 66, turned over his positions as chairman of the board and chief executive officer of Playboy Enterprises in 1988 to Christie Ann Hefner, his daughter by his first marriage. However, he still owns more than 71% of Playboy Enterprises and is editor-in-chief of the magazine and chairman emeritus of the company.

He's working on his autobiography and helped David Lynch and Mark Frost on a documentary that they are just completing about him. "There is also a great deal of interest in doing a miniseries based on his life," Rosenzweig said.

ED McMAHON, the former "Tonight Show" sidekick, has sold his getaway Malibu home to interior designer Irwin Stroll, who has offices in Los Angeles, New York and Malibu.

McMahon will maintain his house in Beverly Hills but will spend several weeks a year in Orlando, Fla., taping his syndicated "Ed McMahon's Star Search." While in Orlando, Disney will provide him with "very luxurious quarters" in a hotel, his spokesman said.

Stroll's celebrity clients include Dustin Hoffman, Jackie Collins, Joan Collins, Mark Spitz, Steve Garvey, Shelley Fabares, Regis Philbin, Karen Valentine and Gavin MacLeod.

"He (Stroll) is going to use his Malibu home full time and sell his home in West Hollywood," said Jeff Chertow, who represented both parties in the transaction, along with Katie Ribnick, both of Fred Sands' Malibu beach office.

Stroll's new Malibu home is on the water and has four bedrooms in 1,800 square feet. Listed in May at $995,000, it sold "in the 8's," Stroll and Chertow said.

Stroll doesn't plan to do any major redecorating, but a spokeswoman for him said, "He'll put what we call 'the Stroll touch' into it with his artwork and furniture, though he did buy a few pieces from Ed."

Stroll has listed his West Hollywood home, a two-bedroom townhouse, at $359,000 with Colleen McAuley at Jon Douglas Co.'s Sunset office.

Director/producer PETER BOGDANOVICH'S longtime Bel-Air home has been sold for about $2.6 million, according to public records.

Bogdanovich lived in the four-bedroom, 64-year-old home from 1974 until a few months ago, when he moved to Brentwood, sources say. The house was sold by the bank that had acquired the property through foreclosure in 1990 for a loan amount of about $6.4 million.

The home, which has about 7,000 square feet under roof, was put on the market in March at $3.5 million, and was sold in an all-cash deal with a 15-day escrow to a buyer from Europe.

Terry de Sousa of Coldwell Banker had the listing, and Natalie Janger of Mike Silverman & Associates represented the buyer. The new owner plans to remodel and restore the house, Janger said.

BILLY GERBER, a senior vice president of Warner Bros. and one of two Hollywood personalities who were used as a composite for the main character portrayed by Tim Robbins in Robert Altman's film "The Player," has purchased the Beverly Hills Post Office area home of director Tony Scott. Scott is one of the top 10 directors in the world, based on box-office receipts. Among the films he has directed are "Top Gun," "Beverly Hills Cop II," "Days of Thunder," "Revenge" and "The Last Boy Scout."

The one-story home with a city view, pool and guest house was sold for what is believed to be close to its $1,595,000 asking price.

Built in the late '60s and remodeled while Scott lived there, the two-bedroom house features an open floor plan. The living room, den and dining room--with a black-granite kitchen in the center--are all basically in the same room.

Stephen Shapiro of Stan Herman, Stephen Shapiro & Associates represented the buyer and seller.

A Chatsworth home where LUCILLE BALL and DESI ARNAZ lived for a dozen or so years while raising their children, has come on the market at $669,000.

The home was built by Lucy and Desi in 1950 on 20 acres of orange groves. The property, now half an acre, was subdivided and remodeled over the years.

It has a pool, tennis court and guest house, in which the late actor Orson Welles lived for many years, said listing agent Stephanie Vitacco of Fred Sands' North Valley office. The current owners have lived in the home for about three years.

STEVE PERRY, co-producer of the "Lethal Weapon 2" and "Lethal Weapon 3" movies, has listed a Westlake Village home he built and designed for himself and his family for sale at $1,825,000.

"He decided at the last minute not to move in, as his wife likes the area where they are living--in Valencia," said listing agent Marti Tarnutzer of Young Realtors, Westlake.

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