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'Shadowboxer' in Los Feliz Ring

October 11, 1998|RUTH RYON | TIMES STAFF WRITER

Singer-songwriter FIONA APPLE and her boyfriend, filmmaker PAUL THOMAS ANDERSON, have purchased actor JASON PRIESTLEY's former home in the Los Feliz area for about $1.9 million.

Apple, 21, won a Grammy this year for best female vocal rock performance. She was named best new artist at last year's MTV Video Music Awards. Her debut CD, "Tidal," went platinum and produced hit singles in "Shadowboxer" and "Criminal."

She recently cut her version of the Lennon-McCartney song "Across the Universe" for the upcoming movie "Pleasantville," and she is making a video for the song, which Anderson is directing. Apple also has recorded Percy Mayfield's "Please Send Me Someone to Love" for "Pleasantville," starring William H. Macy. The movie is due to be released Oct. 23.

Anderson, 27, wrote and directed the movie "Boogie Nights" (1997). He grew up in the San Fernando Valley. Apple, a native of New York, was raised on Manhattan's Upper West Side.

The couple bought a four-bedroom 3,800-square-foot house built in 1930. The recently restored Spanish-style house also has a screening room, gym, steam room, wine room and pool.

Priestley bought another home in the same area for about the same price but with a city view.

Grammy-winning record producer JIMMY JAM, 39, who with Terry Lewis co-produced the soundtrack for the movie "How Stella Got Her Groove Back," has purchased a home in a gate-guarded community in the Beverly Hills area for about $3 million.

Jam and Lewis are longtime friends from Minneapolis who have written and produced material for more than 40 singles and albums that have been certified gold or platinum. They wrote and produced Janet Jackson's single "Together Again," a No. 1 Billboard hit this year. They recently launched their Universal Records joint-venture label Flyte Tyme Records.

Jam, who has been living in Minnesota, bought a Mediterranean contemporary-style house with five bedrooms and six baths in 6,500 square feet. Built in 1991, the house is on almost an acre with a pool and a tennis court.

A Beverly Hills house originally owned by the city's co-founder, BURTON GREEN, has come on the market at $29 million.

The main house was owned in the 1980s by the late Eugene Klein. Klein made a fortune in several businesses, including the film and theater conglomerate National General Corp., before he owned the San Diego Chargers and the horse Winning Colors, which won the Kentucky Derby in 1988. The current owner of the house has been described as a foreign trust.

The Georgian-style estate, on 4 1/2 acres, includes a 17,000-square-foot main house and two guest houses, each more than 5,000 square feet. The main house was built about 1914. It underwent a massive renovation after Klein sold it. The buyer also bought adjacent property. The home has a pool and a tennis court.

Linda May and Joyce Rey, both of Coldwell Banker-Jon Douglas Co. in Beverly Hills, have the listing.

Detroit Pistons center BRIAN WILLIAMS has sold his Santa Monica Canyon home for about $1.5 million.

Williams, 28, bought a house in the Detroit area that he intends to make his permanent residence. A seven-year NBA veteran and free agent, he recently signed a five-year $25-million contract with the Pistons.

Before joining the Detroit team, Williams played for the Chicago Bulls, L.A. Clippers, Denver Nuggets and Orlando Magic. He went to high school in Santa Monica before attending the University of Arizona.

He sold his ocean-view Santa Monica home to an advertising executive. The house has four bedrooms and a guest house. Williams had owned the home, built in 1991, since 1995.

Bill Kennedy, executive director of the sports and entertainment division of Coldwell Banker-Jon Douglas Co., Santa Monica, had the listing; Bill Huntington of the firm's Pacific Palisades office represented the buyer.

Producer MICHAEL HILL, who developed "The Dating Game" and "The Newlywed Game" for TV during the 1960s, has sold his Studio City home of 18 years for close to its $399,000 asking price. He plans to move to his Laguna Beach retreat.

Hill, CEO and president of the Hill-Eubanks Group, has been a partner with Bob Eubanks in producing more than 25 TV series, including "The Toni Tennille Show," "You Bet Your Life" with Buddy Hackett and "Infatuation," starring Eubanks.

Hill sold his three-bedroom 1,650-square-foot house, with a pool and lanai, within four days of putting it on the market.

He also sold a smaller house in Van Nuys to producer Bob Edwards, with whom Hill, 57, worked in the 1960s and 1970s. Edwards, 55, just returned from producing a quiz show in Malaysia and was looking for a renovation project. The Van Nuys house, a fixer, was the pool house of an estate built in the 1920s. Hills sold the house, which has a pool, to Edwards for $140,000.

Nevin Harrison at Geary Family Real Estate in Sherman Oaks represented Hill and Edwards in their transactions; Stephanie McConnell of Coldwell Banker-Jon Douglas Co. represented the buyers, a young couple, of Hill's Studio City home.

A newly built house, on part of the former CHARLIE CHAPLIN estate in Beverly Hills, is on the market at $4.5 million. Chaplin owned the property in the 1920s.

The four-bedroom 9,000-square-foot house with library, elevator and motor court is listed with Adrian Grant and Lauren Austin, John Aaroe & Associates, Beverly Hills.

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