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She's Taking the Mulholland Exit

May 21, 2000|RUTH RYON | Times Staff Writer

Actress Sharon Stone has sold her former home off Mulholland Drive for $618,000.

Stone appeared in March in the HBO movie "If These Walls Could Talk 2." Last year, she starred in "The Muse," "Simpatico" and "Gloria."

Her one-bedroom house with a convertible den had been on and off the market since 1995, when Stone purchased her current Beverly Hills-area residence for about $4.5 million.

She also now lives in San Francisco with her husband, Phil Bronstein, executive editor of the San Francisco Examiner. A proposed sale of the Examiner is under review in an antitrust trial.

Stone, 42, had owned the one-bedroom house since 1989, before she became one of Hollywood's hottest stars with her role in "Basic Instinct" (1992).

The one-bedroom house, originally listed at $850,000, has glass walls, private decks, gardens and city and mountain views. There is a fireplace in the bedroom. The 1,900-square-foot house was built in 1955.

Beth Styne of Coldwell Banker Previews, Beverly Hills, represented both sides of the deal, records show.

Actress Jane Russell has sold her Montecito home for close to its $1.9-million asking price.

Russell, who co-starred with Marilyn Monroe in "Gentlemen Prefer Blondes" (1953) and made about 20 other movies with such co-stars as Clark Gable and Bob Hope, left Wednesday to "work the lounge" on a five-star Mediterranean cruise, said Bill Gardner, who had the Montecito listing. Russell, 78, has been a singer as well as an actress.

She listed her home in June following the death of her husband, real estate broker and builder John Peoples.

Built in 1954 and expanded by Peoples after he and Russell bought it in 1985, the home, on 1.5 acres, includes a four-bedroom main house, a guest house, a pool house, a pool and an apartment over the garage.

Russell is moving to Santa Maria to be with her two sons and six grandchildren, said Gardner, a Montecito broker. Between them, Russell and Peoples had eight children, 15 grandchildren and five great-grandchildren.

In the 1950s, after she adopted her three children, Russell founded the World Adoption International Fund, a New York-based adoption organization that has placed more than 43,000 children from around the world in homes in the United States.

Scott Brazil, co-executive producer of ABC's new medical drama, "Gideon's Crossing," and his wife, Marie, have sold their Hollywood Hills home for $750,000 and purchased a Studio City home for $1.1 million.

Brazil has directed episodes of "Party of Five," "L.A. Doctors," "Nash Bridges" and the multiple Emmy Award-winning "Hill Street Blues," for which he also was a supervising producer.

The couple bought a refurbished Cape Cod-style estate built in 1947. The four-bedroom 3,800-square-foot house has a master suite with an office, a pool and a spa.

The Brazils sold a four-bedroom 3,300-square-foot contemporary house, built in the '60s, with city views, high ceilings and a pool.

Lori Michelle Marks and Todd Marks at Re/Max on the Boulevard, Studio City, had the listing on both houses and represented the Brazils in buying.

Stan Golden, president of Saban Entertainment, has listed his Brentwood home of 10 years at about $2.2 million. He is building a house in a nearby gated community.

The house he is selling is on 1.32 acres and has three bedrooms, a den, glass walls, a long gated drive and city and canyon views.

Leah and Tom Steuer of Prudential-John Aaroe & Associates, Beverly Hills, have the listing.

TV, music and theatrical producer Pierre Cossette--who just persuaded Minnesota Gov. Jesse Ventura to sign over the rights to a musical based on his life--and his wife, Mary, have purchased a Beverly Hills-area condo owned by producer Irwin Yablans and his wife, Diana. The asking price was $895,000.

Earlier this year, the Yablanses bought a former Hollywood Hills home of the late comedian Groucho Marx for $1.4 million. Irwin Yablans is producer of the "Halloween" movies.

Pierre Cossette has produced the Grammy Awards and such Broadway musicals as "The Will Rogers Follies" and "The Scarlet Pimpernel." He and his wife sold their Malibu home in 1998 to producer Haim Saban, head of Fox Family Worldwide (which includes Saban Entertainment), for nearly $8 million. The Cossettes were spending more time in New York and planned to live in a condo when in L.A.

The three-bedroom 2,100-square-foot condo they just purchased has city and mountain views, and it is in a building with a pool, gym, sauna, recreation room, valet parking and concierge.

Barbara Tenenbaum of Fred Sands Estates, Beverly Hills, had the listing and represented the Yablanses in their purchase.

Of all the 400 homes he designed, the late architect Wallace Neff had three favorites, including one that has come on the market in Pasadena at just under $2.5 million.

The house was built in 1931 for Clark B. Millikan, son of Nobel Prize-winning physicist Robert Millikan.

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