Football star Keyshawn Johnson and his wife, Shikiri, have listed their Calabasas home at just under $3 million, and they are buying almost four acres for about the same amount in the Beverly Hills area, where they plan to build.
Their Calabasas home was completed last May. The Mediterranean-style house, in a gated community, has five bedrooms, a game room/theater, a study, an office and a 2,000-square-foot gym in slightly more than 10,000 square feet. The home also has a pool and pastoral views.
"I'm unfortunately selling [in Calabasas]," Keyshawn Johnson said, "but we must be closer to Beverly Hills because of my business."
When not playing ball as a wide receiver for the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, Johnson, 28, oversees his Beverly Hills restaurant Reign and is participating in the development of two retail projects in South-Central Los Angeles: the $75-million Chesterfield Square at Western and Slauson avenues, where the first store will open in July, and a larger project to be announced.
"I'm trying to help revitalize the area," he said. "I am from South-Central L.A., and this allows me to give to the community where I was brought up."
For the Record
Los Angeles Times Saturday April 28, 2001 Home Edition Part A Part A Page 5 Foreign Desk 1 inches; 32 words Type of Material: Correction
Hot Property--Samuel Berch, founder of Arden Farms, and his wife, Rose, owned the Beverly Hills home built by Beverly Hills co-founder M.H. Whittier, not the Rindge family of Adohr Farms, as was reported in Hot Property on April 15.
For the Record
Los Angeles Times Sunday April 29, 2001 Home Edition Real Estate Part K Page 3 Real Estate Desk 1 inches; 32 words Type of Material: Correction
Hot Property--Samuel Berch, founder of Arden Farms, and his wife, Rose, owned the Beverly Hills home built by Beverly Hills co-founder M.H. Whittier, not the Rindge family of Adohr Farms, as was reported in Hot Property, April 15.
His wife recently opened a boutique, Shikiri's, at 130 N. Robertson Blvd., selling high-end clothing and jewelry designed, he said, "for the Hollywood and Beverly Hills crowd."
The football star plans to build a 12,000-square-foot house behind gates on the Beverly Hills-area land, which he is buying from developer Brian Adler. Escrow is due to close Friday. The Johnsons are also buying an L.A.-area condo, where they plan to live while building.
They already have a home in Florida, where he plays ball about eight months of the year. He was an All-American at USC before he was drafted by the New York Jets and traded to Tampa Bay.
"I don't know how much longer I'll play the game of football," he said. "I'm just trying to prepare for later on."
Marc and Rory Shevin of Coldwell Banker Previews, West Valley, have the Calabasas listing.
Andy Heyward, chairman and chief executive of DIC Entertainment, and his wife, Evelyn, have purchased a prominent and historic 3.6-acre Beverly Hills home site, two blocks east of the Beverly Hills Hotel on Sunset Boulevard, for close to $9 million.
The site was originally the estate of Max Whittier, one of the founders of Beverly Hills. The Rindge family, of Adohr Farms, subsequently owned it.
Saudi Sheik Mohammed al-Fassi bought the property in the late '70s. He caused a neighborhood furor when he filled the Grecian urns lining the property with colorful, plastic flowers and painted the classic, white-plaster nude statues on the front veranda in natural hues.
The sheik also painted the stately white mansion lime green before it was gutted by fire in 1980 and razed in 1985. The land, which the sheik subdivided into two lots, was returned as one parcel by French real estate investor Tony Murray, who bought it in 1989.
Murray sold the property to the Heywards, who plan to build "something special," sources said. The Heywards have been interviewing top architects.
DIC Entertainment, formerly a unit of Walt Disney Studios, is one of the largest producers of children's entertainment in the world. Among the company's many animated TV productions are "Inspector Gadget," 'Madeline," 'Carmen Sandiego" and "Sabrina, the Teenage Witch."
Raymond Bekeris of John Bruce Nelson & Associates represented both sides of the deal.
Actor Rene Auberjonois, who played the Rev. Oliver in the movie "The Patriot" (2000) but is probably best remembered as shape-shifting security chief Odo in the syndicated TV series "Star Trek: Deep Space Nine" (1993-99), and his wife, Judith, have sold their Windsor Square home of nearly 20 years for about its $1.8-million asking price.
The couple are building a home in Mendocino County and scaling down locally because their children are grown. They bought a smaller house in the Hollywood Hills.
Built in 1919, their Windsor Square home has a five-bedroom main house and a two-bedroom guest house. The traditional-style home, behind gates, also has formal gardens.
The actor, 60, won a Tony Award for his Broadway role alongside Katharine Hepburn in the musical "Coco" (1970), and he was a regular in the ABC series "Benson" (1980-86) as Clayton Endicott III, the governor's chief aide.
He is also a specialist in voice work for animation, doing such voices as the French cook Louis in the movie "The Little Mermaid" (1989).
Jennifer Naim-Smith of Coldwell Banker, Hancock Park, had the listing.
Producer Martin Ransohoff, responsible through his Filmways company for such TV series as "The Beverly Hillbillies" and "The Addams Family," and his wife, Joan, have purchased a Bel-Air home for close to $2.2 million.
The couple had been leasing since selling their Holmby Hills home in August for about $4.2 million. They had lived in the home, on an acre, for 25 years and planned to scale down.