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Bel-Air Estate Is a Knockout

April 30, 2000|RUTH RYON | Times Staff Writer

Oscar De La Hoya, who will fight Shane Mosley in June, has put his Bel-Air home on the market at $5.5 million.

De La Hoya, 27, earned the nickname the Golden Boy for winning the '92 Olympic gold medal in the lightweight division. He won the World Boxing Council welterweight crown in 1997 but lost the title to Felix Trinidad in a close, controversial decision in September.

In February, De La Hoya won by a knockout in the seventh round of his welterweight fight against Derrell Coley at New York's Madison Square Garden.

Negotiations have been underway for a De La Hoya-Trinidad rematch.

De La Hoya just completed a major redesign of his Bel-Air home, built in 1990. He has owned the property since the fall of 1997.

The house has six bedrooms plus a maid's quarters, a gym with a sauna, a media room, pool and tennis court. The estate also has a temperature-controlled wine room and an office with a humidor.

A 300-foot-long driveway leads to the 10,000-square-foot home, on 2 1/2 acres behind gates.

De La Hoya also has a home in the San Bernardino Mountains, where he trains.

Bucky Hazan of Coldwell Banker Previews, Beverly Hills, has the Bel-Air listing.


Actor Kelsey Grammer, who will co-announce the 2000 Tony Award nominations on May 8 at Sardi's in New York, has sold a house that he owned in Hancock Park for close to its $1-million-plus asking price.

The Emmy- and Golden Globe-winning star of the NBC sitcom "Frasier" had owned the home since November. Soon after purchasing the house, he remodeled it and listed it for sale.

The actor and his wife, model Camille Donatacci, have other homes where they live in the L.A. area.

Built in the 1920s, the three-bedroom, 2,800-square-foot home has a guest house and three fireplaces.

Darryl Wilson of Nelson-Shelton & Associates, Beverly Hills, had the listing. Wilson, also an interior designer, is working on the decor of another of Grammer's homes.

Linda Hindley of Coldwell Banker, Hancock Park, was the selling agent.


A Santa Paula ranch owned for years by the late actor Steve McQueen has been listed at $899,000.

The 15.3-acre ranch, bounded on three sides by hills and mountains, was priced at $1 million in February 1999, but the owner, actress-director Christina Stevens, took it off the market.

Now that she is busy making a film for the Dalai Lama called "Peace Walk," Stevens is again ready to sell.

"Peace Walk" focuses on travels around the world of hundreds of barefoot Buddhist monks and others dedicated to peace. Initiated by the Dalai Lama, the walk started two years ago in India and will continue at least until the Olympic Games in Australia this summer.

Stevens bought the ranch from McQueen's estate two years after the actor's 1980 death. The ranch has a restored Victorian farmhouse with three bedrooms, two baths and stained glass windows, as well as four fenced corrals, several animal pens and a warehouse where McQueen stored his antique car and motorcycle collection.

Kathy Fisher at Coldwell Banker's Brentwood East office has the Ventura County listing.


A Beverly Hills-area home owned, at various times, by Oscar-winning film composer Maurice Jarre ("Lawrence of Arabia," 1962; "Doctor Zhivago," 1965; "A Passage to India," 1984) and Emmy-winning writer-producer Norman Lear ("All in the Family," 1970-73) has been sold for about $12 million.

The English-style house, on three acres, was built in 1930 and has five bedrooms in nearly 8,000 square feet.


Irwin Meyer, CEO of NetCurrents Inc. and the Producers Entertainment Group Ltd., has purchased a Beverly Hills home for about its $4-million asking price. The house sold in an all-cash deal the first day it was on the market.

NetCurrents analyzes communications from more than 50,000 targeted Internet locations and provides clients with information and counsel to protect their corporate image, measure consumers' perceptions and counter misinformation.

Producers Entertainment Group recently started diminishing its activities in TV production while seeking acquisitions and co-ventures in other areas, including Internet-related and e-commerce companies.

The 9,000-square-foot, Mediterranean-style home that Meyer bought is behind gates and has four bedrooms, six baths, an elevator, pool, spa and city views.

The house was built a couple of years ago by a physician-philanthropist who rarely lived there.

Bob Hurwitz of Hurwitz-James Co. had the listing, and Michelle Martin of Nourmand & Associates, Beverly Hills, represented the buyer.


A Beverly Hills home built in 1929 for movie mogul Harry Cohn, legendary co-founder and head of Columbia Pictures, has been listed at just under $5.5 million.

Cohn used the mansion to temporarily house such stars as Greta Garbo and Marilyn Monroe, whose agent had the dining room decorated in red with leather booths to resemble one of the actress' favorite restaurants.

The booths are gone, but the six-bedroom, nearly 7,000-square-foot home, which has been owned by a physician and his family for more than 40 years, still has a two-story, stained-glass domed entry, formal gardens and a pool.

The house also still has its original tile floors and ceilings, archways and other Italian-style architectural touches.

Loren Judd and Doran Langer of Westside Estate Agency, Beverly Hills, have the listing.


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