Dodgers pitcher Kevin Brown, who became baseball's first $100-million man when he signed a seven-year contract with the team in December, and his wife, Candace, have purchased a Beverly Hills-area home for about $3.8 million.
The pitcher, the most sought-after free agent available in the off-season, also bought a lot next door for $1.5 million.
The Browns bought their new home from singer-guitarist John Fogerty and his wife, Julie. Fogerty, 53, was with Creedence Clearwater Revival before becoming a solo performer in 1973. He was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1993.
The right-handed pitcher, 34, played for the San Diego Padres before joining the Dodgers. Before the Padres, he played with the Florida Marlins. He helped each team to the World Series. In the process, Brown, who has a 2.33 ERA over the last three years, established himself as one of baseball's finest starting pitchers.
Before he bought his L.A.-area home, he announced that he would donate $1 million during the next six years to fund a baseball and academic academy for inner-city youths in Los Angeles.
The Beverly Hills-area home, which is Country English in style, has seven bedrooms in 7,800 square feet and was built in 1992. It is on an acre and has a pool, spa and city views.
Brown was previously leasing a home on four acres in San Diego. He is also building a home on 60 acres in his hometown of Macon, Ga., sources have said.
The longtime Benedict Canyon home of the late actress Elizabeth Montgomery has come on the market at just under $3.9 million.
Montgomery, who starred as Samantha on "Bewitched" (1964-1972), died at 57 in 1995.
The actress, daughter of actor Robert Montgomery, starred in a number of '70s and '80s TV movies, including "The Legend of Lizzie Borden."
She lived in the house for more than 25 years. Her husband, actor Robert Foxworth, still lives there. He and Montgomery were married in 1993 but were a couple for years before that.
Foxworth, 57, gained TV fame playing Chase on the CBS series "Falcon Crest" (1981-87). He returned to series TV in 1998 as the news anchor in the NBC sitcom "Lateline." Foxworth remarried last year.
The house was built in 1932 for director Howard Hawks as a reproduction of a country house in England where Hawks had lived while filming. He directed such classics as "Scarface" (1932) and "Gentlemen Prefer Blondes" (1953).
The gated estate, on 1.5 acres up a sweeping drive, has seven bedrooms and three fireplaces in 7,000-plus square feet. Rory Barish of Nourmand & Associates, Beverly Hills, has the listing.
A Beverly Hills home owned at various times by such celebrities as Glenn Ford, Eleanor Powell and Nancy Sinatra has been sold to a local couple in the $7-million range, according to real estate sources not involved in the deal. The asking price was $8.25 million.
The Georgian-style house was built in 1936 for Max Steiner, who wrote the music for "Gone With the Wind" (1939) and "King Kong" (1933). The house has four bedrooms, staff quarters and two dining rooms in about 8,000 square feet. There are also a tennis court, pool and spa on the property, about an acre.
Tania Ferris of Coldwell Banker-Jon Douglas Co., Beverly Hills, had the listing, and she owned the house with her husband, businessman Guy Hackbarth.
Yves Mieszala and Murry Abrams, of the same firm, represented the buyers.
Ken Williams, president of Sony's Digital Studio Division, and his architect wife, Jann, have sold their Bel-Air home to Richard Rosen, a partner in the Endeavor Group, and his wife, Hope, for $2.7 million.
Richard Rosen was one of four TV and film literary agents who left ICM in 1995 to form the Endeavor Group agency.
The Country English-style 4,500-square-foot home was built in 1935 but was expanded by Jann Williams to include a playhouse and a landscaped garden.
Ken and Jann Williams bought a 1.5-acre Bel-Air property with a 3,500-square-foot '50s-era house, which Jann Williams plans to redesign. She also plans to build a tennis court on a lower level.
Adrian Grant and Sheila Dick of John Aaroe & Associates, Beverly Hills, represented the Williamses in selling and buying, and Barbara Weisenfield of Coldwell Banker-Jon Douglas Co., Brentwood, represented the Rosens.
David McKenzie, president of Associated Television International, and his wife, Laura, who also works for Associated Television and has been a syndicated TV travel and entertainment reporter, have listed their Los Feliz home at about $2.5 million. They plan to move to the Westside.
Built in 1939, the three-bedroom 3,100-square-foot house is listed with Dorothy Carter and Jory Burton of Coldwell Banker-Jon Douglas Co., Sunset Strip.
Golfer Payne Stewart, who won the Pebble Beach National Pro-Am in February, and his wife, Tracey, have listed their 11,000-square-foot house on a lake in Orlando, Fla., at $7.5 million. The house has such features as an indoor putting green, billiard room, boat dock and 50- by 20-foot pool, which BizRead describes in the duPont Registry, on newsstands Tuesday.