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It's a Long Way From a 'Little House on the Prairie'

August 31, 2000|RUTH RYON | TIMES STAFF WRITER

Jason Bateman, who stars in the upcoming TV series "Kiss Me, Guido," has listed his Victorian-style home in Santa Monica at $859,000.

Bateman, 31, is selling the two-bedroom 2,500-square-foot house, built in 1956, because he plans to get married in June, and both he and his fiancee, singer Paul Anka's daughter Amanda, own houses.

"It's time to move on, put our funds together and get ready to start a family," Bateman said. "We don't want three mortgages, so we're starting to sell." The couple announced their engagement this month.

Bateman played Bob Newhart's son on the CBS sitcom "George and Leo" (1997-98) and had a lead on the NBC series "Chicago Sons" (1997) before starring in the pilot for "Kiss Me, Guido," which he says is expected to air in February on CBS. Shooting starts in three weeks.

An actor from age 10, Bateman was a series regular on "Little House on the Prairie," "Silver Spoons," "Valerie," "Valerie's Family," "The Hogan Family" and "Simon." He starred in "Teen Wolf Too" (1987), produced by his father, Kent. His sister, Justine Bateman, played Mallory on "Family Ties."

Jason Bateman has owned his house for 13 years, during which time he updated the three baths and completed the bonus room. The house, which also has hardwood floors and two fireplaces, is in the historical district of town, near shops and restaurants as well as the beach.

Richard Ehrlich of Westside Estate Agency, Beverly Hills, has the listing.

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Model-actress-singer Milla Jovovich has sold her former home in Nichols Canyon for about its $769,000 asking price. She bought a larger home in another part of the city in June.

Jovovich, 24, starred in "Messenger: The Story of Joan of Arc" (1999), and she co-starred with Bruce Willis in "The Fifth Element" (1997).

She sold her three-bedroom, 2,800-square-foot home in Nichols Canyon to David Barenholtz and his partner, Randy Arnold, who plan extensive renovations. The house was built in the '60s.

Barenholtz owns the La Brea Avenue photography gallery Apex Fine Art, specializing in American photojournalism. (The exhibition "West Looks East," American views of Asia, opens there Friday.) Arnold is vice president of advertising and direct marketing for Universal Studios Home Video.

The couple sold their former home, which they refurbished, in Outpost Estates, between La Brea and Highland avenues, for about $1.2 million. The three-bedroom, 2,700-square-foot house has a 250-square-foot shower in the master bath with French doors that overlook a mature 120-plant rose garden.

Don Sadler at Prudential John Aaroe, Pacific Design Center, represented the couple in buying and selling. Galina Blackman at Prudential-John Aaroe, Beverly Hills, had Jovovich's listing.

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Actor John Ratzenberger, who played postal worker Cliff Clavin in the NBC sitcom "Cheers" (1982-93), has put his home on Puget Sound, one mile west of Seattle, on the market now that he's again living full time in the L.A. area.

Ratzenberger, 53, voiced Hamm, the piggy bank, for "Toy Story 2" (1999) and "Toy Story" (1995), and he did the voice of circus ringmaster P.T. Flea in "A Bug's Life" (1998).

The actor built his home on Vashon Island in Washington state about seven years ago, when "Cheers" ended. When he started getting more work in L.A. during the '90s, he and his family started using the Pacific Northwest home as a summer place. Now that they are using their getaway even less, they decided to list it at $3.8 million.

The New England-style home, on about 7.5 acres with 275 feet of waterfront, has a 4,000-square-foot main house, a detached office and guest quarters. It's featured in the October issue of duPont Registry

Listing agents are Nancy Davidson and Paul Helsby of Windermere Real Estate, Vashon Island, with Mary Snyder and Barbara Cahill in the firm's Seattle office.

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Hot Property runs Thursdays in SoCal Living and Sundays in Real Estate. Ryon may be reached at ruth.ryon@latimes.com.

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