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Film Couple Cut Montecito Scene

May 18, 1997|RUTH RYON | TIMES STAFF WRITER

Oscar-winning actress GEENA DAVIS and her husband, director RENNY HARLIN, have sold their 12-acre Montecito estate for about $9.5 million, $1 million more than they paid for it in 1994, sources have said.

Harlin directed and Davis starred in the pirate adventure "Cutthroat Island" (1995) and the action drama "The Long Kiss Goodnight" (1996).

The couple also co-produced the movies, which were box-office disappointments. "Cutthroat Island" cost more than $95 million to make but was pulled from U.S. theaters two weeks after it was released.

Davis, 41, won an Oscar as best supporting actress in "The Accidental Tourist" (1988). She was later nominated for best actress in "Thelma and Louise" (1991), filmed shortly after her divorce from actor Jeff Goldblum.

Harlin, 38, produced and directed "Cliffhanger" (1993), starring Sylvester Stallone, and he directed "Die Hard 2" (1990).

The couple co-produced "Speechless," in which she starred, in 1994, and they also co-produced the HBO movie "Mistrial" in 1996.

Davis and Harlin bought their Montecito home about 10 months after they were married in 1993. Since then, they haven't used it much, sources say.

The Montecito estate, listed in the $12-million range, was sold to a couple from the Phoenix area.

There are eight bedrooms in the 20-room, 9,000-square-foot main residence, and the estate also has a guest house, staff cottage, tennis court and pool.

The original part of the house was built in the 1800s, and it was expanded by architect George Washington Smith in 1925. The Italian Renaissance-style house was renovated again before Davis and Harlin bought it.

Steve Slavin of the Prudential-Jon Douglas Co., Montecito, represented the Phoenix buyers, and Joyce Rey, of the firm's Beverly Hills office, and Harry Kolb, of the Montecito office, shared the listing, Santa Barbara sources said.

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WHOOPI GOLDBERG has sold her 180-acre ranch in San Marcos Pass, in Santa Barbara County, for close to its $1.7-million asking price, say industry sources not involved in the deal.

Goldberg, 47, sold the ranch about the time she opened on Broadway in early March in "A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum."

She had owned the property since 1995, when she purchased it for a little more than $1 million.

The ranch was known for years as a retreat of the descendants of the founder of the John Deere Co., the manufacturer of agricultural equipment.

The property has a stream, a four-bedroom adobe house with 2-foot-thick walls; a two-bedroom guest house and a caretaker's cottage.

Goldberg put $700,000 into refurbishing the ranch but didn't often use it, sources said. The Oscar-winning actress ("Ghost," 1990) lives in a Pacific Palisades home she bought in 1993 for about $2.5 million.

Kerry Mormann, a Santa Barbara Realtor, had co-listed the ranch with David Mossler of Mossler, Deasy & Doe in Beverly Hills, other sources say.

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SAM PERKINS, a former player with the L.A. Lakers who is now a forward with the Seattle SuperSonics, has sold his Marina del Rey home for $830,000 to screenwriter Kevin Elders, sources said. The house had been listed at $1.25 million.

Perkins owns a home in Dallas, where he now lives in the off-season. Elders wrote the "Iron Eagles" movies (1986, 1988, 1992), starring Lou Gosset Jr..

Designed by Marshall Lewis, who designed a number of homes in the area known as the Silver Strand, the Marina del Rey home was built in 1989 and has three bedrooms in about 4,000 square feet.

The house also has a 26-foot-high atrium, 18-foot ceilings in the master bedroom and an elevator.

Perkins, 35, bought the house in 1992 for about $1.25 million, a source said. At the time, Perkins, who joined the Lakers as a free agent in 1990, thought he would finish his basketball career in Los Angeles. After suffering an injury, he was traded to Seattle in 1993.

Bill Kennedy and Tracey Hennessey of the Prudential-Jon Douglas Co., Santa Monica, represented Perkins in selling his Marina del Rey house, and they also represented the buyer.

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Super-agent ED LIMATO has sold his Hancock Park home for a bit more than $1.3 million, sources have said. Before selling the house, he bought a Beverly Hills-area home at close to its $2.3-million asking price. His new home has a tennis court and a pool.

Limato, an agent with ICM, represents such clients as Mel Gibson, Richard Gere, Michelle Pfeiffer, Denzel Washington, Steve Martin, Faye Dunaway and Marlon Brando.

Richard Klug of the Prudential-Jon Douglas Co., Beverly Hills, and Sue Carr, of the firm's Hancock Park office, shared the Hancock Park listing.

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The Benedict Canyon house that CHER built and EDDIE MURPHY once owned has been sold to Raul and Vicki Walters. He is a businessman and developer from the Midwest, where they maintain a home.

The house was sold by Roberto Trouyet, of the family that developed the Las Brisas hotel in Acapulco. He added 4,000 square feet to the 10,000-square-foot residence and refurbished it.

Cher built the house about 16 years ago with the help of Beverly Hills designer Ron Wilson, and they decorated it in an Egyptian motif.

Murphy added a projection room. He sold the house, on four acres, to Trouyet early in 1995 for about $4 million, including the furnishings.

The last asking price was $6.4 million. The house sold for less than $6 million.

Gary Gold and Rick Hilton of Hilton & Hyland, Beverly Hills, had the listing.

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