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Celebrity Pair Lands on Park Place

May 20, 1999|RUTH RYON | Times Staff Writer

Antonio Banderas and Melanie Griffith have purchased a Hancock Park home for $4.2 million.

Banderas, 38, is making his feature-film directorial debut with "Crazy in Alabama," starring Griffith and due out in September. Banderas will next be seen in "The 13th Warrior," to be released this summer. He co-starred with Anthony Hopkins in "The Mask of Zorro" (1998).

Griffith, 41, co-starred with James Woods in the movie "Another Day in Paradise," released earlier this year. She was nominated for a best actress Oscar in "Working Girl" (1988).

The couple, who live part of the year in his native Spain, were married in 1996.

They bought a nine-bedroom, 15,000-square-foot house built in 1925 and designed by architect Gordon Kaufman. The Mediterranean-style house has a ballroom, wine vault, pool, greenhouse, motor court and two laundry rooms.

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Engelbert Humperdinck, who in the fall mixed such old hits of his as "Release Me" with new songs in "The Dance Album," has listed a Las Vegas home at $590,000.

The pop singer, in his early 60s, has had his Holmby Hills house on the market on and off for about five years, most recently at just under $4 million with Drew Mandile and Brooke Knapp of Sotheby's International Realty, Beverly Hills. The house was once owned by the late actress Jayne Mansfield.

His Las Vegas house was built in 1973 but was remodeled last year. He bought it in 1997. The house, in a gated community, has five bedrooms in 5,000 square feet. The 1,500-square-foot master suite has a spa and a sauna.

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The Bel-Air home of the late composer and conductor Nelson Riddle, who was famous for his arrangements of songs for singers such as Judy Garland and Frank Sinatra, has been sold for close to its $1.35-million asking price.

Riddle, who won a Grammy for Linda Ronstadt's "What's New" album and an Oscar for his musical adaptation for the score of "The Great Gatsby," died at 64 in 1985. His wife, Naomi, died last year.

Built in the 1960s, the 3,000-square-foot home has three bedrooms, a music room, a pool and city views.

Funds from the sale are earmarked to endow a chair in Nelson Riddle's honor at the University of Arizona.

Kay Pick and Mike Silverman of Mike Silverman Estates, a Coldwell Banker-Jon Douglas company in Beverly Hills, shared the listing; Grace Carelli of Sotheby's International Realty, Beverly Hills, was the selling agent.

Hot Property is published Thursdays in SoCal Living and Sundays in Real Estate. Ryon may be reached by e-mail at ruth.ryon@latimes.com.

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