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Jockey Will Pull Up Stakes

November 27, 1994|RUTH RYON | TIMES STAFF WRITER

Jockey COREY NAKATANI, who is on the verge of becoming one of the country's leading riders, and his wife, Michelle, have put their Monrovia home on the market.

"They are looking for horse property, though they plan to keep their horses at the Flintridge Riding Club, and they want a larger house, probably in La Canada," said listing agent Jeannie Garr-Roddy, daughter of longtime horse-racing radio personality Bill Garr.

Nakatani, who just turned 24 and began riding professionally less than six years ago, is riding today in the Japan Cup, a $4-million purse race. Nakatani scored his first stakes victory in 1989 aboard Defend Your Man. He won his first riding title at the recent Del Mar meeting, and he also led all riders in the Oak Tree meet at Santa Anita.

Making his success even sweeter is the fact that Santa Anita was the site during World War II of a relocation camp where Nakatani's father, Roy, and grandparents were incarcerated with hundreds of other Japanese-Americans.

Roy Nakatani was born in a Colorado relocation camp, and he and his parents were transferred to the Santa Anita center.

Corey Nakatani is a native of Covina. He and his wife, daughter of thoroughbred trainer Wally Dollase, have three children.

Their home has four bedrooms and a guest house. It's in an area known as upper Monrovia, which is in the foothills of the San Gabriel Valley.

The home, which the Nakatanis bought newly built in 1991, has mountain views and is on a bit more than half an acre, zoned for two horses. There are two corrals and a horse shed on the property, which also has access to a riding trail.

Garr-Roddy has the $645,000 listing at the William Wilson Co. in Pasadena.

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Singer/songwriter JODY WATLEY and her former husband, producer ANDRE ANDERSON, have sold their Los Feliz home to producer P.K. Simonds and his wife, actress Beth Colt.

Simonds is a co-producer with Steven Spielberg's Amblin Television of the sci-fi TV series "Earth 2."

The home, which was listed at $829,000, sold for $660,000, according to public records.

Built in 1926, the two-story Mediterranean has city views from nearly every room. There are four bedrooms in the nearly 4,000-square-foot home.

Patti Arcuri of Fred Sands Realtors, Santa Monica, represented the buyers.

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The Laguna Beach home of the late actor STERLING HOLLOWAY, who appeared as the quintessential country bumpkin in a series of films and was the voice for several of Walt Disney's characters, including Winnie the Pooh, is on the market at $975,000. It was originally listed at $1,175,000.

Holloway died of heart failure at age 87 in 1992. His collection of contemporary art was donated to UCLA. His house was left to his adopted son.

Built in 1963 as a retreat for the actor and a private gallery for his art, the house was once described as "one with his collection. Entirely white inside and out, it is an intricate arrangement of rectangular spaces, large and small, delimited by panes of glass overlooking the ocean." The secluded, hillside house is reached at the end of a 200-foot private drive.

The house, which can be expanded, has one bedroom in slightly more than 1,800 square feet. "Mr. Holloway didn't want guests," said Robert Bryson, who shares the listing with Clark Smith, both of Realatrends, Laguna Beach.

The home is in the community of Three Arch Bay, which has a 24-hour gate guard, private beach and tennis courts.

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Two basketball stars--guards HAROLD MINER of the Miami Heat and GERALD MADKINS of the Cleveland Cavaliers--have purchased homes in the West Los Angeles community of Ladera Heights Estates.

Madkins, a former UCLA player, and his wife, Julee, bought the same floor plan as Miner, a former USC star.

Miner purchased the home mainly for his mother. "But he will stay there when he's in town," a source said.

Each of the houses, in a Lewis Homes hillside development, has four bedrooms, a library, circular staircase and upstairs game room in slightly more than 3,300 square feet. They each sold for about $545,000, a source said.

Madkins and his wife will maintain their primary residence in Ohio.

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CLARIFICATION: The "Hot Property" item about Genie Francis and Jonathan Frakes buying a house in the Beverly Hills area (Nov. 6) omitted Richard Klug of Douglas Properties, Beverly Hills, as co-listing agent with Larry Bovshow of White House Properties, Woodland Hills.

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