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Westside at End of Her 'Rope'

April 18, 1999|RUTH RYON

Singer-actress Janet Jackson, who ended her yearlong Velvet Rope World Tour in February with a sold-out concert in Honolulu, has purchased a Westside home for about $6.5 million.

Built in the 1930s, the five-bedroom, 9,000-square-foot house was recently refurbished. It is on an acre behind gates and has a tennis court. The property also has city views.

The pop diva, 32, is the youngest of the nine children in the Jackson musical family. She is second on the family's success chart to her brother Michael.

In 1996, she signed an $80-million deal with Virgin Records, making her the music industry's highest-paid performer at the time.

Jackson separated from her longtime companion and collaborator, Rene Elizondo Jr., in February. He was a co-lyricist on Jackson's last three hit albums. He also directed some of her videos.

The Malibu home of the late actor Burgess Meredith has come on the market at $3.95 million. Meredith, who played Rocky Balboa's manager in the "Rocky" films and appeared before cameras or on stage for more than 70 years, died at 89 in 1997.

He had owned his Malibu home since 1973. Built in 1927 and later expanded, the home, with about 48 feet of beach frontage, includes a four-bedroom, three-bath main house and a two-bedroom, two-bath guest cottage. The second-floor master suite has an ocean-view deck.

The home also has a loft-style office and a blue-tile spa, designed by Maj Hagman, actor Larry Hagman's wife. The Hagmans were former neighbors of the late actor, whose home is just outside the gates of Malibu Colony.

Steve Weiss and Brady Westwater of Coldwell Banker-Jon Douglas Co., Malibu, have the listing with Vince Muselli, Muselli Commercial Realtors, Santa Monica.

British designer David Linley, who will be at Nieman Marcus in Newport Beach today and Monday to market his decorative items and his books "Classical Furniture" and "Extraordinary Furniture," has listed his home on the Caribbean island of Mustique at $4.15 million.

Linley, 37, is the son of Princess Margaret and the earl of Snowdon, photographer Anthony Armstrong-Jones. Linley's father inspired him to become a furniture designer and craftsman by helping him, as a child, to create his own toys.

Linley, a viscount who is 12th in line to the throne, was given the Mustique home in 1988 by his mother, for whom it was built in 1971. The six-bedroom, 4,100-square-foot villa, on a 10-acre peninsula, has its original arched passageways and white latticework.

After marrying in 1993, Linley and his wife, Serena, turned a garage at the villa into a guest house for themselves. "It has great height and airiness," he said by phone from London last week, "and it has beautiful views of the sea." The villa also has a second guest house and a pool.

An avid gardener, the viscount also terraced the grounds and put in a watering system. "There was no garden because there was no water," he said. Now there are hilltop gardens as well as a courtyard garden and fountain leading to the main entrance. Rick Moeser at Sotheby's International Realty, Palm Beach, Fla., is handling the listing.

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Fred and Ron Beaton, the brothers who owned and operated radio station KIEV-AM (870) in Glendale from 1961 until they sold it last year for $33.4 million, have purchased the Santa Ynez Valley racetrack and training center of thoroughbred-horse trainer D. Wayne Lukas, who moved to Florida.

The 160-acre property, which was sold for $3.9 million, has two office buildings, two greenhouses, barns with a total of 136 stalls, a viewing pavilion and a dorm that sleeps 54 people.

The training facility also has a two-bedroom foreman's apartment, hay barns, tractor garages, five miles of roadway, starting gates and a lake with an island in the center of the track. Most of the buildings are adobe with red-tile roofs.

"They're renovating the property now, and Ron [Beaton] is meeting with an architect to build a house [in the area]," said Don Voronaeff, the real estate broker who handled the deal.

Fred Beaton is also planning to build or renovate a house on Westerly Stud Farms, the 210-acre Santa Ynez Valley property that he bought in January.

Writer-producer Rose Leiman Goldemberg has purchased a Beverly Hills-area home for close to its asking price of $1.4 million from Los Angeles investment analyst Grant Cambridge and his wife, Margaret, who moved to a larger house in Bel-Air.

Goldemberg wrote and co-produced the TV movie "The Burning Bed" (1984), starring Farrah Fawcett. She wrote "Stone Pillow" (1985), starring the late Lucille Ball in one of her last TV roles. The New York-based Goldemberg will use her L.A. home to write the screenplay of her novel "Steal Me."

The four-bedroom, 3,000-square-foot home has canyon views and a courtyard.

Sally Brant of Coldwell Banker-Jon Douglas Co., Brentwood, represented Goldemberg in her purchase. Carolyn Lyons of Coldwell Banker, Pacific Palisades, had the listing.

A 25,000-square-foot Beverly Hills-area house that was listed in January at $9.9 million is now for sale at $8.9 million. Built in 1992 on 2 acres by antiques dealer Mark Slotkin, the house is bank-owned. It was listed last fall at about $14 million. Raymond Bekeris of John Bruce Nelson & Associates has the current listing.

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