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Moving Just a Short Hop Away


Playboy magazine founder HUGH HEFNER is moving out of the Playboy mansion, where he has lived for 20 years, to set up house nearby with his wife and two small children.

He bought a 6,000-square-foot home in Holmby Hills for about $2 million, sources say.

Hefner and his wife, 1988 Playmate of the Year Kimberly Conrad, have two sons, ages 3 and 5, and they prompted the purchase. Hefner decided to buy the house "because he entertains a lot at the mansion and wants the boys to grow up in a normal atmosphere," a source said.

"There is always something going on, like a photo shoot, at the mansion," a Playboy representative said. "Imagine coming downstairs to that every day."

Hefner, 69, turned the day-to-day operations of Playboy Enterprises over to his daughter, Christie, in 1988, but he is still the editor in chief of Playboy magazine, which marked its 40th anniversary last year with a coffee-table book. He is also working on his autobiography.

Conrad, 33, appears in the September issue of Playboy and is the newest representative for PETA, People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals.

Hefner and Conrad, who just celebrated their sixth wedding anniversary, are moving to a French Normandy-style home with four bedroom suites, including a master with a study and a fireplace. The living room, dining room, library and pool house also have fireplaces.

Built in the 1930s but recently updated, the house, which is on an acre, also has a center courtyard and park-like grounds and gardens.

It was listed at just under $2.5 million by Don Robinson of Prudential/Rodeo Realty, Beverly Hills. Hefner was represented by Katie Ribnick of Fred Sands' office in Malibu, where Hefner and his family also have a house.

BRIAN DePALMA, director of the upcoming Tom Cruise film "Mission Impossible," has sold his Sherman Oaks home for about $2.2 million to political media strategist David Bienstock, sources say. Bienstock and his firm, Target Enterprises, are working with Gov. Pete Wilson's reelection campaign.

DePalma, who directed such films as "Carlito's Way" (1993) and "The Untouchables" (1987), listed the Tuscan country-style home in March because he was spending more time in other states, a source said. DePalma, 54, was raised on the East Coast.

He had owned the Sherman Oaks home since shortly after it was built in 1991. The four-bedroom, 6,000-square-foot home has two dining rooms, including one outside, as well as city and canyon views.

Bienstock has listed his former home, also in Sherman Oaks, at $749,000 with Michael Galyami and Laurent Louvet of Fred Sands Realtors, Sherman Oaks West. They also represented Bienstock in his purchase, sources said.

Joe Babajian of Sands' Beverly Hills Estates office and Joan Duffy of Sands' Sherman Oaks West office shared the listing, the sources said.

BRUCE OPPENHEIM, whom People Weekly magazine once called a "chiropractor to the stars," and his wife, actress JENILEE HARRISON ("Three's Company," "Dallas"), have bought a 1930s tennis court estate in Tarzana for $875,000, sources say. The home was originally listed last fall at nearly $1.2 million.

Oppenheim, 45, was previously married to actress Cybill Shepherd, and Harrison, 36, is in development on a new sitcom.

They plan to do a major rehab while maintaining the historic integrity of the property, said selling agent Nevin Harrison, the actress' brother, at Geary Family Real Estate, Sherman Oaks. He has the $690,000 listing on the couple's former home in Encino.

The Tarzana home, on an acre with pine trees and rose gardens, has four bedrooms, a maid's room and a guest house in about 5,000 square feet.

Marge Young and Juanita Gilles of Fred Sands Estates, Sherman Oaks West office, had the listing.

Grammy Award-winning composer DICK HALLIGAN--who played keyboards, trombone and flute for Blood, Sweat and Tears--has sold his Bel-Air home of nearly 25 years.

Halligan, 51, was the arranger of such hit records for the group as "Spinning Wheel" and "God Bless the Child." He has been writing music for TV and chamber orchestras.

"I have an Idyllwild home that I am going to make my main residence," he said. Halligan sold his four-bedroom Bel-Air home, on an acre, for about $699,000, sources say.

Chrys Stamatis of Jon Douglas Co., Brentwood, and Jan Cohen of the firm's Santa Monica office had the listing.

MICHAEL JACOBS, creator and executive producer of the comedy series "Boy Meets World" and producer of the 1994 film "Quiz Show," has sold his Hidden Hills home for $3.25 million, said to be one of the highest selling prices of a home in the San Fernando Valley in two years.

Jacobs, 40, also wrote and produced "Charles in Charge" and "My Two Dads." He and his wife, Patti, a doctor, have leased a home in Malibu while building a house for themselves and their three children in Calabasas, sources say.

The Georgian-style home in Hidden Hills has seven bedrooms, a billiard room, card room, pool house and eight fireplaces in a bit more than 12,000 square feet. The 1.6-acre grounds also have a pool, spa and tennis court.

Kay Cole and Sarah Campbell of Prudential/Rodeo Realty, Woodland Hills, shared the listing. Mark and Rory Shevin, of the same realty office, represented the buyer, described as a local businessman.

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