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A Duke Gives Up Life on the Ranch


John Schneider, best known for playing Bo Duke on the CBS back-country sitcom "The Dukes of Hazzard," has put his 120-acre ranch in the Kern County community of Frazier Park on the market at just under $800,000.

Schneider, 46, starred in the CBS movie, "The Dukes of Hazzard: Hazzard in Hollywood," which aired in May. The sitcom was broadcast during the '80s. Schneider, who has appeared in about 15 movies including Nickelodeon's "Snow Day," released in theaters earlier this year, was also a regular on the CBS series "Dr. Quinn, Medicine Woman."

A singer-songwriter as well as an actor and producer, Schneider has recorded 11 solo albums. A born-again Christian who often sings on religious and country-oriented shows, Schneider starred in the Broadway musical "Grand Hotel," and has toured in other productions such as "Brigadoon."

He also co-founded the Children's Miracle Network, an annual fund-raising telethon for Children's Hospitals throughout North America.

Schneider has owned his ranch since 1989. He built the three-bedroom, 2,200-square-foot house there in 1990, making it his primary residence. It also has a guest/maid's quarters above a three-car garage.

For the Record
Los Angeles Times Sunday December 10, 2000 Home Edition Real Estate Part K Page 2 Real Estate Desk 1 inches; 23 words Type of Material: Correction
Co-founder--The late Al Hart was identified as founder of City National Bank in Hot Property, Nov. 19. Al Hart was one of a group of businessmen who founded the bank.

The ranch, about 70 miles from the Burbank Warner Bros. studios, has a horse corral and panoramic mountain and valley views. The house has hardwood floors and a river-rock fireplace.

Schneider decided to sell the ranch because he and his family have been living closer to town since he formed Canan Filmworks in 1998 to produce family-friendly films and series for TV. He, his wife, Elly, and their three children live in a home on 2.5 acres in Calabasas.

Heather Davidson and Anita Rich of Coldwell Banker, Studio City, have the listing.


Australian singer-songwriter Kylie Minogue, who is busy recording in London and Australia, has decided to sell a West Hollywood home that she bought this year but hasn't had time to enjoy. The home is listed at just under $1.3 million.

Minogue, who sang at the closing ceremony of the Sydney Olympics, has had a string of No. 1 hits including "I Should Be So Lucky." In September, she released the album, "Light Years," with the No. 1 hit "Spinning Around."

Since becoming a teen idol in the '80s, Minogue, now 32, has sold more than 30 million records. She made her recording debut after starring in the Australian soap "Neighbours."

Her West Hollywood home has four bedrooms in slightly more than 3,000 square feet. Built in 1938, the walled French Normandy-style home also has a media room, master suite with veranda, two fireplaces, a pool and a spa.

Victor Kaminoff, director of architectural and unique properties for Coldwell Banker's Sunset Strip office, has the listing with David Gordon of the same office.


Ralph Farquhar, co-creator of the UPN series "The Parkers" and "Moesha," and his wife Melba, an interior designer, have sold their five-bedroom, nearly 6,000-square-foot home in Hancock Park for close to its $2.1-million asking price.

Ralph Farquhar is also executive producer of the Disney Channel's "The Proud Family."

Designed by architect Paul Williams, the Hancock Park home was built in 1935 and was restored by the Farquhars before they sold it and bought a 3,000-square-foot, modern-style home in the Hollywood Hills.

The couple plans to divide their time between their new place in the Hollywood Hills and a home they own on Martha's Vineyard in Massachusetts. The Farquhars have two grown sons.

Navy Lesin of Coldwell Banker, Hancock Park, had the listing on the Hancock Park home.

A Beverly Hills home owned fornine years by actor Michael Caine and built by Woolworth dime-store heiress Barbara Hutton for her only child, Lance Reventlow, has been sold. The asking price was $4.95 million.

The house was built in 1956 in the shape of an L for Lance. He was killed at 36 in a 1972 plane crash.

When built, the house had one of the first indoor-outdoor pools in the L.A. area. The businessman who purchased the house from Caine in 1987 turned the indoor part of the pool into a spa.

The new owner, Steve Meepos, plans to restore the house. Meepos has built 18 houses during the past four years in Bel-Air, Brentwood and Pacific Palisades.

The Beverly Hills house, on a 2.5-acre secluded knoll, has seven bedrooms in 10,000 square feet. Reached by way of a gated drive, the home also has a tennis court, guest house, staff quarters and city-to-ocean views.

Jeff Hyland of Hilton & Hyland, Beverly Hills, represented Meepos in his purchase.

Joe Babajian and Victoria Lockwood of Fred Sands Estates, Beverly Hills, had the listing.

A 4.2-acre property in Bel-Air has come on the market at $16 million.

The land, which has about 50 specimen trees, was once a botanical garden for an adjacent estate.

A 7,600-square-foot home that was built on the site in 1950 was razed after the current owner, an international businessman, bought the property in 1997. The house he tore down was also owned at one time by the late Al Hart, founder of City National Bank.

Loren Judd of Westside Estate Agency, Beverly Hills, has the listing.


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