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He Leaves 'Boyz' for New 'Hood'

March 06, 1994|RUTH RYON | TIMES STAFF WRITER

CUBA GOODING JR., who made his film debut in the lead role of the 1991 movie "Boyz N the Hood" and plays actor Paul Hogan's sidekick in the film "Lightning Jack," which opens Friday, has purchased a Studio City-area home.

Gooding, a first-time home buyer, had been sharing a Los Angeles house with four bachelor pals. The 25-year-old actor is expected to wed longtime girlfriend Sara Kapfer soon after the movie with Hogan opens.

The film is a comedy Western about an outlaw, played by Hogan, who takes a mute store clerk, played by Gooding, as hostage. The outlaw and the hostage become buddies.

Gooding, whose father was the lead vocalist for the R&B group the Main Ingredient, also co-starred with Emilio Estevez in "Judgment Night" (1993) and was a courtroom witness in Rob Reiner's "A Few Good Men." Gooding has won two NAACP Image Award nominations.

He bought a four-bedroom, 2,800-square-foot house, built in 1955. The ranch-style home is on almost an acre with mountain, canyon and city views. "There's lots of room for him, his soon-to-be wife and their collection of large dogs," a source said.

Gooding paid $610,000 for the home, which had been listed at $850,000 with Michael and Linda Lesser of Prudential California Realty, Woodland Hills. Rory and Marc Shevin, of the firm's same office, represented Gooding.

Director ROB REINER bought a Malibu getaway after the fires and just before the mudslides that ravaged the area. Neither fire nor flood nor earthquake caused much if any damage to the house, sources say.

The 2,700-square-foot house in Malibu Colony has 30 feet of beachfront. Reiner paid $3.75 million for the home, which had been on the market at $4.25 million.

Reiner's main residence is in Brentwood. He bought that house--a 10,000-square-footer--from Norman Lear in 1991 for slightly more than $4.7 million.

Legendary filmmaker KING VIDOR's knoll-top Beverly Hills home has come on the market for the first time in 20 years.

The 8,000-square-foot house, designed by the late architect Wallace Neff and built for Vidor in 1928, is on five acres with city-to-ocean views, a tennis court and 1,500-foot-long, two-lane driveway. The asking price is $8.8 million.

Vidor, who directed many films from the 1920s' silents "The Crowd" and "The Big Parade" to "Duel in the Sun" (1946) and "Solomon and Sheba" (1959), and Neff, one of the architects to the stars of Hollywood's Golden Days, both died in 1982. Vidor was living in Paso Robles at the time.

A Japanese financier who lives primarily in France owns the house. "He's rarely here," said Drew Mandile, who shares the listing with Victoria Lockwood, both of Fred Sands' Directors office.

STEVE TISCH, who will produce the Nancy Kerrigan movie for ABC and is chairman of AIDS Project Los Angeles, has listed a three-acre-plus lot in Bel-Air at $1.45 million, with a rendering available of a 12,000-square-foot home.

Tisch had planned to build on the lot but wound up getting his family house back after he was divorced, sources say. Stephen Shapiro of Stan Herman/Stephen Shapiro & Associates has the listing.

Warner Bros. Records executive JOHN BEUG has sold his three-bedroom home in the Hollywood Hills for close to its $575,000 asking price, and he has purchased a Santa Monica home for $1.3 million, sources say.

Beug lived in the Hollywood Hills home for 20 years, remodeling it in the mid-1980s. The contemporary-style house was built by a student of Richard Neutra and was remodeled by Peter deBretteville, who is now teaching architecture at Yale University.

Beug, who took great pride in the orchids he grew at his Hollywood Hills home, decided to buy in Santa Monica because he needed more room. After the move, he was married in his new home to a woman with three children.

Peter Neil of Prudential California Realty, Hollywood Hills, represented Beug in the Santa Monica purchase and Hollywood sale, and Larry Eddo, of the same office, represented the buyer of the Hollywood house. The buyer was described as a writer of home furnishings books.

Architect LLOYD WRIGHT's studio, designated a West Hollywood "cultural resource," has come on the market at $665,000.

Built by the late architect in 1928, the house, which has a stuccoed frame with elaborate precast concrete block decorations within and without, has a ground-floor office and a two-bedroom apartment, all in 2,300 square feet.

The current owners bought the studio from the Wright family a few years ago. Although overshadowed by his famous father Frank Lloyd Wright, Lloyd Wright, who died in 1978, designed a number of innovative houses in Los Angeles.

Richard Klug of Douglas Properties Estates, Beverly Hills, has the listing.

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