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Steps Take Pair to Golden Mile

March 07, 1993|RUTH RYON | TIMES STAFF WRITER

Dancer and actress CYD CHARISSE and her husband, singer Tony Martin, have just moved into a condominium that they purchased on Wilshire's Golden Mile. They wouldn't discuss the sales price but other sources said they bought the three-bedroom unit for slightly under $1 million.

Charisse, who danced with Gene Kelly in "Singin' in the Rain" (1952) and Fred Astaire in "Silk Stockings" (1957) while making many MGM musicals, danced in the December tribute to Ginger Rogers at the Kennedy Center.

She also starred last year on Broadway in the musical "Grand Hotel" and danced at a tribute for Martin, her husband of 45 years, when he was honored by the Society of Singers with its third "Ella Lifetime Achievement Award."

During his 50-year-plus career in radio, movies, television and the record business, Martin recorded such hits as "The Last Time I Saw Paris," "I'll See You in My Dreams" and "Begin the Beguine."

He returned from singing engagements in Las Vegas and Florida to move into their new dwelling, and he was planning to open in a nightclub in Arizona before going to Spain to do a TV show.

"We're living out of boxes now," she said in a rainy afternoon interview. It was the heavy rain in 1981 that forced them to move from their longtime Beverly Hills house. "Mud slid into our living room," she said. They relocated to a Westside condo for several years and were living in a rental before buying their current home.

Their condo is in the Park Wilshire, a new building with about 150 units, a concierge, ballroom and gym. The Martins have a view of the Santa Monica Mountains from their 3,000-square-foot condo, which has two pianos, one in his study, another in their living room.

"She put in crown moldings, marble floors and recessed lighting," said selling agent Sally Aminoff of Rodeo Realty. "She has all of the sketches of her costumes in a gallery, and there are closets everywhere for their Baccarat and Steuben, pre-Columbian art and china."

The Martins have a musician/actor son, Tony Jr., and Charisse has a lawyer son, Nico Jr., by her first marriage to Nico Charisse, one of the best-known dance educators in America.

Relief pitcher BRYAN HARVEY, who played with the Angels until last November, has put his Yorba Linda home on the market at $899,000.

Harvey, who led the American League with 46 saves in 1991, was selected by the Florida Marlins in the first round of the National League expansion draft.

He was also a subject of media attention last year when he and his daughter, Whitney, then 5, made public her rare neurological disorder, known as Angelman Syndrome. It is frequently misdiagnosed as cerebral palsy.

Harvey's four-bedroom, 4,400-square-foot Yorba Linda home is in a new community known as Bryant Ranch. "They were in the house for two years, and it was newly built when they bought it," said listing agent Roni Werk of Coldwell Banker.

He and his wife, Lisa, own a 445-acre cattle ranch in North Carolina, where they were raised and became sweethearts when they were 16. Married 10 years, they also have a son, Chris, who is 9.

In-laws run the ranch, but the Harveys plan to live there during the off-season with the family, commuting to Florida when he's playing ball. They will lease a home in Florida until the Yorba Linda house sells, Werk said.

Singer and songwriter TOM KELL, whose album "L.A. to Angeltown" is being released by Vanguard, has purchased a home in Agoura.

Kell's previous album, "Lonely Town," was produced by Warner Bros., and he has written songs for Kenny Rogers and other stars. He has been described as "part of Nashville's attempt to revive the soft-rock, singer-songwriter sound of 1970s Los Angeles."

He and his wife, Rosemary, decided to move because they wanted a larger home for themselves and their children, Katlyn and Casey. They bought a nearly new, three-bedroom house for $325,000, sources say. They intend to rent out their former home in Lakewood.

The Kells were represented by Joyce Merkle and Aileen Hagy of Fred Sands' Westlake Village.

EDWIN C. (BABE) HORRELL, an All-American football star in 1924 who went on to become the first UCLA coach to beat USC in 1942, built a home on a Beverly Hills-area hilltop about 30 years ago that has just come on the market at close to $3 million.

Horrell, who led UCLA team to its first appearance in the Rose Bowl in 1943, died last March 13; his wife, Winnie, died more recently. The family listed the estate with Nancy and Nanda Hinds of Jon Douglas Co.'s Beverly Hills office.

Horrell hadn't coached since the 1940s, but he was known as a champion in his later years for daring to undergo a delicate, brain operation for Parkinson's Disease, from which he suffered for 30 years.

The United Parkinson Foundation named him Patient of the Year "for his example of hope and courage."

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