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Now Anchored in Hollywood

December 13, 1998|RUTH RYON | TIMES STAFF WRITER

KCBS-TV anchor Michael Tuck and his wife, model-actress Michel Penn, have purchased a Spanish-style home in Hollywood for about $917,000.

The newlyweds, married on Sept. 27, bought a four-bedroom 3,800-square-foot house, built in 1931, with city views from nearly every room.

"I like it because it gives me a feeling of old Hollywood," Tuck said. "My son Collin, who is 10, was with us when we found the house on an open house. He fell in love with it, and that's when I knew I liked it."

Tuck, who is from Houston and is in his early 50s, has been with KCBS since 1990. He anchors the Channel 2 newscasts at 6 and 11 p.m. with Ann Martin. He has earned 12 Emmy Awards and three Golden Mikes. Before coming to L.A., he was an anchor in San Diego.

Penn has been modeling for St. Ives personal-care products and has been doing some theatrical acting and writing.

The couple's new Hollywood home has three levels and a two-story entry with hand-hewn beams and stained glass windows.

The house has a new granite kitchen, a formal dining room, French doors from the living room to a large veranda, a master suite with a sitting room and a family room that opens to a terraced yard with a spa.

"The house was owned by someone who purchased it a little over a year ago and then refurbished it," said Tuck, who had been leasing in Beverly Hills since selling his Bel-Air home in 1997.

Chris Morrison, an independent broker in North Hollywood, and Jeff Seabold, a mortgage banker with Cohen Capital, represented Tuck and Penn; Dia and Ray Schuldenfrei of Fred Sands Realtors, West Hollywood, had the listing.

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Producer Steve Tisch ("Dear God," "The Postman" and "Forrest Gump") has listed his former home in Rustic Canyon at just under $6 million.

Tisch is executive producer of "American History X," starring Edward Norton, and the British hit "Lock, Stock and Two Smoking Barrels," to be released soon in the United States.

Tisch, 49, and his wife, Jamie, have moved into a Beverly Hills home that he bought in 1997 for about $8.5 million and then renovated.

The Rustic Canyon house is on more than 1 1/2 acres and is 10,000 square feet-plus. It was built in 1983 to resemble the architectural styles of Green and Green and Frank Lloyd Wright.

Stephen Shapiro of Stan Herman-Stephen Shapiro & Associates, Beverly Hills, has the listing.

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David Saperstein, who built his Houston-based Metro Networks into the country's largest supplier of traffic information through broadcasts of its Metro Traffic reports, and his wife, Suzanne, are building a 45,000-square-foot house on seven acres in Holmby Hills.

The house was designed by architect Rick Robertson to have a ballroom to serve a dinner party of 250.

The house, which its owners are calling "Fleur de Lys," will be furnished with French antiques and have a driveway almost a quarter of a mile long when construction is completed in late summer or early fall.

Robertson would not identify the owners of the house, but they were named by a number of other real estate professionals. The family has homes in Texas, Beverly Hills and Malibu, and the couple also owns a 70-acre-plus site in the Beverly Hills area.

David Saperstein, 57, got the idea for his Metro Traffic reports in 1978, when he was stuck in Baltimore traffic.

He has since expanded the company to include sports, weather and the news.

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A Sunset Strip-area house built in 1948 for Marilyn Monroe's personal physician, Dr. Hyman Engelberg, and his wife, Esther, has been sold for the first time for $725,000.

The house was also the home of writer Albert Maltz, one of "The Hollywood 10" who spent months in prison and were blacklisted for refusing to answer questions in 1947 from the House Un-American Activities Committee about alleged Communist infiltration of the film industry.

Maltz, who won several Oscars, wrote the 1942 thriller "This Gun for Hire" and the 1950 western "Broken Arrow," for which he received a posthumous award in 1992 from the Writers Guild of America. Maltz had written the screenplay under a pseudonym.

Maltz lived in the house after marrying Esther Engelberg, after her divorce from Hyman Engelberg. Maltz died in 1985; his wife died earlier this year.

The three-bedroom 2,500-square-foot house was designed by Harry Harrison, a student of Frank Lloyd Wright.

"It's sculptural yet functional and looks very much like one of Wright's Usonian houses," said selling agent Crosby Doe of Mossler, Deasy & Doe.

The house, which also has a pool and city views, was listed by Steven Kipnis of DBL Realtors, Sunset Strip office.

A three-home package, including a 50,000-square-foot estate in La Jolla, is being offered at $46 million through the Robb Report's 15th annual Ultimate Gift Guide.

The other houses in the package are a 4,000-square-foot retreat on 37 acres in Aspen and a 15th century 20-room palace with a vineyard in Portugal.

Christie's Great Estates has the package.

Jeff Hyland of Hilton & Hyland, Beverly Hills, has the La Jolla listing, priced separately at $25 million.

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