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Stand-Up Just Can't Sit Still

August 28, 1994|RUTH RYON | TIMES STAFF WRITER

JERRY SEINFELD, star of the NBC comedy series "Seinfeld," has put the Hollywood Hills home he bought two years ago on the market at just under $3.2 million.

Seinfeld, 40, won Golden Globe awards last year as "Best Sitcom Actor" and a producer of the "Best Comedy Series."

His first book, "Seinlanguage," a compilation of observations and anecdotes from his comedy routines, was a bestseller.

The Brooklyn-born comic, who was raised on Long Island and made his mark on the New York club circuit before he started producing, writing and starring in his own TV show five years ago, has been bicoastal, with homes in New York and the L.A. area, for some time.

Before buying the Hollywood Hills house, he owned a condo in West Hollywood for six years. He sold the condo for about $290,000 in January, 1993.

Now Seinfeld, who has been dating Shoshanna Lonstein--a teen-ager from New York's Upper East Side who was a freshman last year at George Washington University in Washington--is said to prefer apartment living when in Los Angeles.

The Hollywood Hills house, which he bought for close to $3 million, is gated and has views from downtown Los Angeles to the ocean; a theater, guest house and 55-foot-long pool.

The nearly 6,000-square-foot home was built in the 1960s by actor George Montgomery, but it was gutted and redesigned just before Seinfeld purchased it. It's listed with Joyce Rey and Jade Quittman Mills, both of Rodeo Realty, Beverly Hills.

The house that is being used to portray O.J. SIMPSON'S home in the upcoming Fox-TV movie about the former football star accused of murdering his ex-wife has been put on the market at just under $2 million.

The movie is in production, with filming under way at the house. And though the nearly 7,000-square-foot, gated estate is in the Longridge Estates area of Sherman Oaks, it's being called "a dead ringer" for O.J.'s Brentwood home.

The Sherman Oaks house is listed with Connie Nelson at Prudential/Rodeo Realty, Sherman Oaks.

Fox had scheduled the movie to air on Sept. 13, one week before Simpson is due to stand trial on charges of first-degree murder, but Fox Inc. CEO Rupert Murdoch then made the decision to delay the broadcast at least until after the jury is selected.

TAMMI GOWER, co-owner of the Derby--a celebrity-frequented nightspot in Los Feliz--has purchased a home in the foothills of Griffith Park that was built in 1926 by producer Hal Roach Sr., of the original "Our Gang" and "Little Rascals" fame, sources say.

The 4,500-square-foot home has a rotunda in the entrance and three bedroom suites, each with a walk-in dressing room, plus guest quarters over the garage; a butler's pantry, skyline views and a pool with an underground grotto.

Listed first at $1.6 million, the home had been reduced to $845,000 when Gower "negotiated a significant reduction" and bought it for a couple of hundred thousand dollars less through Richard Malvaez at Jon Douglas Co., Los Feliz, another source said.

The Derby, a year-old supper club with live music booked by Gower's partner--ex-husband Tony Gower, was built in 1926 by producer Cecil B. DeMille as Willard's Chicken Inn, rumored to be a speakeasy.

From 1940 to 1960, the building housed one of the original five Brown Derby restaurants. In the '70s, the exterior was used as Arnold's Drive In for the TV series "Happy Days." More recently, some scenes from the film "Speed," starring Keanu Reeves, were filmed there.

Clothing designer MONICA HARRI has sold her Pacific Palisades home of three years to Tom Hormel, scion of the Midwestern Hormel meatpacking family, and his wife, Rampa, for a bit more than $2.8 million, sources say. The house had been listed at just under $3 million.

Built in 1929, the Mediterranean-style, 6,000-square-foot house was completely restored by Harri. Situated on a knoll overlooking the ocean, the home also has ponds and gardens.

Harri is moving back to her native state of New York, and the Hormels relocated from Brentwood, sources say. Sandie Sutton of Jon Douglas Co. had the listing, and Jody Fine of Fred Sands Realtors was the selling agent.

A newly built, 10,500-square-foot Beverly Hills mansion, which has elements of an old chateau but also features a 35-mm Cinemascope theater, has been listed at nearly $3.5 million, or $25,000 a month to lease.

Costumed trumpeters, valet parking, a string quartet and a gourmet buffet were all part of an afternoon party last week that was designed to market the house, listed with Sherry Sexton of Celebrity Properties in Beverly Hills.

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