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April 11, 1999|RUTH RYON | TIMES STAFF WRITER

James Garner, who is doing the voice of God in the upcoming animated TV series "God, the Devil and Bob," and his wife, Lois, have listed their Santa Ynez Valley home, known as Savanna Ranch, at $8.75 million.

The property was on the market for a time in 1997 at $9.4 million.

The Garners decided to sell the ranch because of his busy career. Besides doing Carsey-Werner's first animated series, to debut on NBC later this season, Garner just completed filming the movie "Winter Visitor" with Julie Andrews, and he hosts a 13-part TNN documentary on country music, which began airing in late March.

In December, Garner formed a company to produce documentaries. During the last few years, he has reprised his Emmy-winning role as detective Jim Rockford in such TV movies as "The Rockford Files: If It Bleeds, It Leads."

The Garners, married 43 years, have had a longtime home in the L.A. area. They bought the Santa Ynez property in 1991 from director Herb Ross ("Steel Magnolias," "Funny Lady") and his wife, Lee Radziwill, sister of Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis.

Savanna Ranch is on 400 acres on the Foxen Canyon Wine Trail. The ranch has a 23-acre vineyard, planted to Chardonnay grapes. The Garners' private wine labels are White Rhino and Chateau Jimbeaux.

Built in 1997, the 8,000-square-foot main house has six bedrooms, nine bathrooms and a great room with two fireplaces. The house also has a glass hallway, a temperature-controlled floor, electronically controlled window shades, a wine cellar and a media room. The grounds have a manager's house, a shop, a four-stall barn and valley views.

Architect Hugh Newell Jacobsen, known for his pyramid and prism shapes, designed the house to create the Garners' vision of modern architecture and amenities in a rural setting.

T. Hayer & Associates in Solvang has the listing.

David Linton, newly hired senior vice president of urban promotion and marketing at Capitol Records, and his wife, Elnora, have moved from New York City to the Hollywood Hills, where they have purchased a home for about $1 million.

The music executive, in charge of resurrecting R&B and hip-hop at Capitol, was a vice president at Arista in New York.

The contemporary-style home, with high ceilings and walls of glass, has four bedrooms in 4,500 square feet. It also has city views and a pool.

Susan Del Prete of Nelson Shelton & Associates, Beverly Hills, represented the Lintons in their purchase.

A seven-acre Malibu ranch previously owned by Juan Gabriel, the highest-paid Spanish-language singer in the world, has come on the market at $4.5 million.

Gabriel, 48, had planned to combine the ranch with a couple of his other properties to make one large estate before giving up the ranch, real estate sources said. The singer still has a home in Malibu as well as in Florida, Texas, and in Juarez and Cancun in Mexico.

The Malibu ranch, also owned at one time by director George Roy Hill ("Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid," "The Sting"), has a 3,600-square-foot main house, a barn, 44 covered stalls, nine pastures, a polo field, pool and ocean views.

Steve Weiss and Brady Westwater of Coldwell Banker-Jon Douglas Co., Malibu, have the listing.

Businessman William "Woody" Stuart, a venture capitalist and real estate developer who is the great-grandson of the founder of the Carnation Co., has purchased a Beverly Hills home for about $4.75 million. It is one of the highest prices paid so far this year for a house in the flats of Beverly Hills.

The 8,700-square-foot house has three bedrooms, a guest house and a pool. Built in the '20s, the Spanish-style home is a couple of houses away from the late Lucille Ball's residence.

Stuart is planning to spend $2 million in refurbishing, overseen by Darcy Carroll, who redid his home in La Quinta.

John Woodward of Coldwell Banker-Jon Douglas Co., Beverly Hills, represented Stuart in his purchase; Stephen Shapiro of Stan Herman-Stephen Shapiro & Associates had the listing.

An 11,000-square-foot house on six acres in Pasadena has been sold for nearly its $3.9-million asking price, making it one of the highest single-family home sales in Pasadena so far this year.

The house, purchased by a technology executive and his family, was built in 1973 and has six bedrooms plus maid's quarters, six fireplaces and two kitchens. The grounds have Zen and herb gardens, a koi pond and groves of oaks and conifers.

John and Marion Fairbanks of Coldwell Banker's Pasadena/Hudson office represented the buyers.

French singer-actor Michel Sardou, who has sold more than 40 million albums in France alone, and his wife, Babette, have listed their home on Indian Creek Island, in South Florida, at $4 million. The couple lives in Paris but bought the 9,000-square-foot house as a retreat in 1992.

They listed the house because he has some contracts that will keep him in Paris, and their sons have grown up since the family acquired the acre-plus getaway along a private golf course and Biscayne Bay. (One son, Roman Sardou, is a screenwriter in L.A.; the other son, Davey Sardou, is an actor in New York.)

Indian Creek Island has such other famous residents as singer Julio Iglesias, football coach Don Shula and businessman Carl Icahn.

Anne McDougal of LenCor/Christies International, on the island, has the Sardous' listing.

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