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'Duet' Suits Ol' Blue Eyes

March 05, 1995|RUTH RYON | TIMES STAFF WRITER

FRANK SINATRA and his wife, BARBARA, have put their longtime Rancho Mirage home on the market.

"I find that Barbara and I are spending more time at our homes in Malibu and Beverly Hills and are not using the desert house as often as we used to," Sinatra said through his spokesperson, Susan Reynolds.

The asking price is $4.9 million, including furnishings, except for the artwork and one of the two pianos, other sources said.

"His children and grandchildren are delighted that he will spend more time in their Malibu and Beverly Hills homes," Reynolds added.

The singing legend and Oscar-winning actor, 79, released two "Duets" albums last year, and he has a number of concerts scheduled this spring. He hosted a golf tournament in Palm Springs last weekend, which raised $900,000 for the Barbara Sinatra Children's Center, for abused children, at the Eisenhower Medical Center in Rancho Mirage.

"They will continue to work for the center, which they opened in 1986," Reynolds said.

Sinatra bought his Rancho Mirage home in 1954. Through the years, he expanded the compound, on about 2.5 acres, to include a main house, five guest houses, an art studio, full-size train caboose turned into a spa; a theater, two swimming pools and a tennis court.

Situated off Frank Sinatra Drive on the Tamarisk Country Club, the walled and guarded estate has a formal motorcourt and 12-car parking facility. There are two master suites in the main house with a steam shower and massage table in one and four large walk-in closets plus a gym in the other, sources say.

The guest houses and other living spaces were named for songs Sinatra made famous. The "New York, New York" guest house has four bedroom suites, a kitchenette, bar, fireplace and game table.

The 4,000-square-foot theater is called "Send in the Clowns." Sinatra's office in that building is "My Way." The spa, "Chicago," has a massage room, barber chair, shower and sauna. The studio, where Sinatra paints, is known as "All the Way," and a guest house--built for President John F. Kennedy, who often stayed there--is called "The Tender Trap."

Nelda Linsk of Coldwell Banker Eadie Adams Realty Co., Palm Springs, shares the listing with Joyce Bosworth, La Quinta Resort Realty Co.

Talent manager and producer BERNIE BRILLSTEIN and his wife, Deborah, have sold their Malibu home to a real estate developer from Chicago for about $4 million, sources say.

Brillstein, 63, was already a successful manager and executive producer of such movie hits as "The Blues Brothers" and "Ghostbusters" when he teamed eight years ago with Brad Grey, 37. Since then, their partnership has been described in the media as one of the fastest-growing and "most formidable show business management companies in Hollywood."

Brillstein-Grey has been called "unusual" for blending personal management with TV and film production. While managing such clients as Dana Carvey, Garry Shandling and Brad Pitt, it entered into a multimillion-dollar deal last year with Capital Cities/ABC to develop and produce programs. The firm also has a motion-picture production division.

The Malibu home, at Broad Beach, has five bedrooms in 4,000 square feet and 40 feet of beachfront. It was built for the Brillsteins in 1989. The original asking price was $5.75 million. The Brillsteins are maintaining their Beverly Hills residence.

Wilson Phillips singer WENDY WILSON, one of Beach Boy Brian Wilson's two daughters, has listed her Sunset Strip-area home at slightly more than $1 million with her mother, Marilyn Wilson of Jon Douglas Co., Bel-Air.

"She has plans to move to New York City to pursue her careers in modeling and acting. She intends to continue singing as well," the listing agent said.

Wendy Wilson's sister, Carnie, also a member of Wilson Phillips, will host a New York-based talk show, expected to start airing in the fall.

Wilson Phillips is on a hiatus for awhile. "They don't consider it broken up," the sisters' mother said. Chynna Phillips is also a member of the trio.

Built in 1958 but totally redesigned and refurbished in 1991, the gated home, once owned by actress Elizabeth Montgomery, was purchased by Wendy Wilson in early 1992. It has three bedrooms in about 2,500 square feet, including a master suite that opens up to a pool, two yards and an indoor/outdoor dog run.

Former talk-show host and singer Mike Douglas has sold his Beverly Hills house of about six years for just under $2 million, and he has moved to Cleveland, sources say. The house came on the market last April at $2.3 million and closed escrow last week.

The French country-style house, with five bedrooms plus maid's quarters in about 6,000 square feet, was sold to a doctor and his wife.

The home had been listed by Raymond Bekeris of John Bruce Nelson & Associates, and the buyers were represented by Delphine Mann of Douglas Properties.

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