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His Next Release: Bev Hills Condo

September 07, 1997|RUTH RYON | TIMES STAFF WRITER

Rock star DAVID BOWIE, who will perform next Saturday at the Universal Amphitheatre, has put his Beverly Hills-area condominium, which he has owned for about six years, on the market at $895,000.

The British singer-songwriter, whose glitter-rock Ziggy Stardust persona made him an international star in 1972, hardly ever stays in the condo anymore, because he and his wife, Somalian supermodel-turned-actress and political activist Iman, spend more time in New York and Switzerland, sources have said.

Bowie marked his 50th birthday playing at Madison Square Garden in January. One of rock's most influential musicians, he inspired such subgenres as punk, new wave, goth-rock, the New Romantics and electronica.

Among his top albums was "Let's Dance" (1983). This year, he released the album "Earthling."

Built in 1990, the condo was totally upgraded after Bowie bought it for $920,000. Iman, who married Bowie five years ago, helped in the refurbishing, sources say.

The three-bedroom, 2,300-square-foot unit has a master suite with a sitting room and a fireplace. There is also a fireplace in the living room. The six-story building has a pool, spa and gym.

June Davies of Hilton & Hyland in Beverly Hills has the listing, other sources said.

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Actress/singer DIAHANN CARROLL, who played Norma Desmond in the Toronto production of Andrew Lloyd Webber's "Sunset Boulevard" until earlier this year, has purchased a two-bedroom condo in a high-rise just outside of Beverly Hills for $450,000, sources say.

Carroll, 61, has starred in a number of TV series, including "Dynasty" and "Julia." She will appear with Samuel L. Jackson in the movie "Eve's Bayou," due to be released in October.

She was married, until recently, to singer Vic Damone for many years. She sold her Beverly Hills home of 20 years in the last year for slightly more than $1 million, sources have said.

Her condo is about 1,800 square feet and has city and mountain views.

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JERRY VAN DYKE, who played assistant coach Luther Van Dam on the ABC sitcom "Coach," and his wife, Shirley, have relisted their Toluca Lake home, owned by Bing Crosby in the 1930s and '40s and by Andy Griffith from the '70s to the '90s.

The asking price is now just under $2.3 million. The Van Dykes listed the house last October at about $2.7 million. They took the house off the market for two months before relisting it with another firm.

The Van Dykes have owned the home since 1993. They were living in it during the Northridge earthquake, which destroyed four chimneys and collapsed the roof.

The home was completely renovated last fall as the Southern California Assistance League's Design House.

Connie Nelson of the Prudential-Jon Douglas Co. in Studio City and Cissy Wellman of the firm's Bel-Air office share the listing.

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ROGER BIRNBAUM, the producer of such movies as "G.I. Jane" and "Grosse Pointe Blank," and his wife, Pamela, have sold their Beverly Hills home for just under $2 million. The asking price had been $2.2 million.

The Birnbaums are said to have moved to larger quarters nearby. The producer, in his 40s, became head of Caravan Pictures two years ago. He was a producer of the Sandra Bullock movie "While You Were Sleeping" (1995), and he was executive producer of the Fran Drescher comedy "The Beautician and the Beast" (1997).

The buyers were Leo Spiwak, described as being recently retired after selling his trucking parts company, and his wife, Susan Krevoy, a Beverly Hills psychologist.

Built in 1922, the five-bedroom 3,600-square-foot house has a garden, pool and guest house, which had been turned into a full gym. Designed by the late architect Paul Williams, the house was used in the 1950 movie "Father of the Bride," starring Elizabeth Taylor and Spencer Tracy.

Sue Ann Simon of the Prudential-Jon Douglas Co., Beverly Hills, represented the buyers.

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KITTY KALLEN, one of several '40s and '50s singers who have become '90s icons as they have been rediscovered by baby boomers, has listed her Bel-Air house at $1.9 million.

Kallen, in her mid-70s, had a monster hit with "Little Things Mean a Lot" in 1954. She is one of about 50 surviving big-band singers. She sang in the bands of Jimmy Dorsey and Harry James.

Her husband, who died about a year ago, was Hollywood press agent Buddy Granoff.

The Bel-Air house, which the couple owned for about 20 years, has three bedrooms and a maid's quarters in 4,500 square feet. Kallen has other homes in New Jersey and Mexico.

The Bel-Air home is listed with Joe Babajian of Fred Sands Estates, Beverly Hills.

A 20,000-square-foot-plus home on Lake Arrowhead's Totem Pole Point, a gated peninsula where totem poles were first erected for the 1930 movie "River's End" and again in the 1938 film "Spawn of the North," has come on the market at about $7.8 million, partially furnished.

The nine-bedroom main house and two-bedroom gatehouse were built about six years ago by owners Bob and Jean Long. He is co-creator of a gourmet rice company and was an inventor of safety valves for deep-sea diving. She was a concert pianist.

The couple, who have four grown children and five grandchildren, want to sell so they can build a smaller home nearby. The first house they built on Lake Arrowhead was bought by late actor John Candy.

The Totem Pole Point home has an elevator, seven garages, a single-slip dock, spa and a photography darkroom.

Lynne B. Wilson & Associates, Lake Arrowhead, has the listing. Wilson also has an office at Celebrity Properties, Beverly Hills.

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