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Malibu Means New 'Lifestyle'

January 29, 1995|RUTH RYON | TIMES STAFF WRITER

SHARI BELAFONTE, who co-hosts the "Lifestyles" TV series with Robin Leach, has leased a home in Malibu for a year at close to its asking price of $9,500 a month, sources say.

Belafonte settled into the house, described as looking like an Old World estate, before floods hit Malibu early this month. She rented the house because the Northridge earthquake damaged her San Fernando Valley residence, which is being repaired.

A daughter of singer Harry Belafonte, she was a familiar model, doing Calvin Klein commercials before she started acting about a dozen years ago.

She played a model in the ABC movie "French Silk," which aired last year. Before that, she had a continuing role in the ABC series "Hotel" and appeared in guest parts in such series as "Hart to Hart," "The Love Boat" and "Trapper John M.D." She also reported for "Good Morning America" and hosted "AM Los Angeles."

Last September, about the time she turned 40, Belafonte assumed her new role on "Lifestyles With Robin Leach and Shari Belafonte," which was the long-running "Lifestyles of the Rich and Famous," redefined for the '90s with a co-host and new name.

The house she leased has an office and guest quarters in a total of sightly more than 8,000 square feet, sources say. Built about three years ago, it is on 1.5 acres with a five-car garage and pool. It has beach rights but no ocean view.

Robert Rubenstein of Malibu Realty had the listing.

JOHN HILLERMAN, who is probably best known for playing British major-domo Jonathan Higgins on "Magnum, P.I.," has decided to sell his Hollywood home.

"I spend most of my time up at Lake Arrowhead, where I am writing a book and a TV series," he said. "So it's silly for me to keep such a large house in town."

The Hollywood house, which he bought in 1991, is about the same size as his 8,000-square-foot Lake Arrowhead home, but the Hollywood house also has "one of the best views in the city," he said. He's asking $2.4 million.

"I really prefer Lake Arrowhead to L.A. when I'm not working (on a set)," he said. He plans to sell the Hollywood house and buy a condo where he can stay when he's in the city.

Hillerman, 61, appeared in the German TV series "Berlin Break" (1993) and in the TV movie "Hands of a Murderer" (1990).

His Hollywood Home is listed with Kay Pick of Mike Silverman Estates, a Jon Douglas Co., Beverly Hills.

BIJAN--the clothing designer and retailer known for his bulletproof clothes, chinchilla bedspreads and hot-selling fragrances--has leased a walled and gated house in Bel-Air for 1 1/2 years at close to $12,000 a month, sources say.

The retailer, whose shops on Rodeo Drive and Manhattan's Fifth Avenue are open by appointment only, just got divorced from his second wife, who had been one of his models. They were married in 1986.

He leased a home with three bedrooms and a maid's quarters in 3,500 square feet, decorated with works by Picasso, Hockney and other artists, sources say.

The house, which is on an acre with city views, had been listed by Elaine Young and Paul Czako, both of Coldwell Banker Real Estate, Beverly Hills. Judy Hanauer of Jon Douglas Co., Beverly Hills, represented Bijan.

JIMMY MESSINA, the singer/songwriter/guitar player who was partners with Kenny Loggins for a lucrative six-year run during the 1970s, has put his Santa Barbara home, a hideaway on about an acre, on the market at just over $1 million.

"He needs a bigger house, because he has a child. He'll be staying in the Montecito area," said listing agent Stephen Slavin of Prudential Rodeo Realty, Montecito.

Messina, who has been recording in Nashville, bought the residence three years ago and remodeled it, Slavin added.

Originally built in the 1930s, the country-style house has three bedrooms in 3,000 square feet and ocean to mountain views.

ANNA LEE, who has appeared for nearly 20 years on "General Hospital," has leased a Sherman Oaks house while her West Hollywood home is being rebuilt. Her West Hollywood home was "pretty much destroyed" by fire in December, said a spokesman for the daytime soap star.

Lee, who just turned 82 and has been confined to a wheelchair for several years, was rescued by a passerby who broke down the front door and found Lee, her nurse and her dog in a back bedroom, unaware that the roof was on fire.

Lee leased a 3,000-square-foot house for eight months at about $3,800 a month, sources say.

Joy Hall of Re/Max, Sherman Oaks, represented Lee, and Lisa Chorna of John Aaroe & Associates, Beverly Hills, represented the lessor.

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