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He'll Like It Hot After Vegas Is Permanent Home

October 05, 2000|RUTH RYON | TIMES STAFF WRITER

Actor Tony Curtis has put his Bel-Air home of 10 years on the market at just under $1.2 million.

The veteran actor, who is a spokesman for Turner Classic Movies and was honored in March by the American Cinematheque at the Egyptian Theatre in Hollywood, is building a home in Las Vegas, where he and his wife, Jill, have been renting when not in Los Angeles. Curtis, 75, and Jill, 30, were married in 1998.

The actor is the original owner of his Bel-Air home, which is in the Bel Air Crest development. The home has three bedrooms and 3 1/2 baths in about 3,000 square feet. The home also has canyon views from its Italian garden. The guard-gated development has a pool, spa and tennis courts.

Curtis' home is on a cul-de-sac at the end of a long driveway. When he bought the home, Realtors said, he was attracted by the quiet environment--a plus for his time spent painting, mostly outdoors. Curtis, star of numerous movies, including "Some Like It Hot" (1959), recently had an exhibition of his artwork--acrylics and watercolors--at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas.

Sam and Shelly Wenguer of Coldwell Banker, Beverly Hills North, have the listing.

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The Palm Springs home of actress Loretta Young, who died at 87 in August, has been sold for $530,000. The Oscar-winning actress ("The Farmer's Daughter," 1947) made nearly 100 movies before turning to TV and her NBC series "The Loretta Young Show" in 1953.

Her home was sold to the late L.A. architect William Pereira's grandchildren, led by Kirk Pereira, who has sold his TV production company to start his own design firm. William Pereira, who died at 76 in 1985, designed Pepperdine University, Los Angeles International Airport and the master plan of the city of Irvine.

The Pereira family plans to restore the home and use it as a family compound. "I have always admired Loretta Young's home [in Palm Springs]. It reminds me of the home that my grandfather built and lived in on Rossmore in Hancock Park," Kirk Pereira said.

The three-bedroom house, which Young had owned since 1993, has a round living room and a crescent-shaped kitchen. She enlarged the house, built in 1964, from 3,500 to about 4,200 square feet, adding a glass-enclosed sun porch.

Nelda Linsk of Coldwell Banker Eadie Adams Realty in Palm Springs, a longtime friend of the actress, had the listing. Karen Stearns of the same office represented the Pereira family.

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Producer Pierre Cossette, who recently persuaded Minnesota Gov. Jesse Ventura to sign over the rights to a musical based on his life, and his wife, Mary, have sold their smaller Beverly Hills condo for $585,000. The Cossettes purchased a larger Beverly Hills-area condo in May. Cossette has produced the Grammy Awards and such Broadway musicals as "The Will Rogers Follies."

The condo, they just sold, with two bedrooms and a den in 1,720 square feet, was listed by Kay Pick of Coldwell Banker, Beverly Hills.

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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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