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Actor Matthew Perry has sold his former Hollywood Hills home for close to its asking price of $839,000.

Perry bought a Beverly Hills home in June 1999, for about $3.2 million. Built in the '70s, the rock, steel and glass house has been described as having an "almost industrial" look. It has four bedrooms in 6,500 square feet.

The house he sold has two bedrooms in just under 2,000 square feet, behind gates. Built in 1959, the home also has a pool and a sauna. Perry bought the house in 1995.

Perry, 31, returned in March from rehab to film the finale of his seventh season on "Friends." The actor had abruptly entered rehab in late February for treatment of an "unspecified addiction." He previously has acknowledged a dependence on prescription painkillers.

He and the five other stars of "Friends" negotiated a salary of $750,000 each per episode, plus more profit sharing for the seventh and eighth seasons.

"Friends" is due to wrap Monday with the season finale to air May 17. In the episode, Perry's character, Chandler, may or may not marry Courteney Cox's Monica. Details about any TV wedding have been kept secret.

Perry, who co-stars with Elizabeth Hurley in the upcoming movie "Servicing Sara," has also appeared in such feature films as "The Whole Nine Yards" (2000) with Bruce Willis and "Three to Tango" (1999) with Neve Campbell and Dylan McDermott.


Actor Devon Sawa, who starred in the movie "Final Destination" (2000) and played Casper the friendly ghost's human persona in the movie "Casper" (1995), has purchased a completely renovated, Spanish-style home in the Hollywood Hills in the low-$900,000 range.

Sawa, 22, bought a three-bedroom, 2,000-square-foot house with what has been described as "spectacular" city views. Every room has a view from Griffith Park to downtown Los Angeles. The home also has a large deck.

Until recently, the Canadian actor was based in Vancouver, B.C., and commuted to Los Angeles.

Sawa next stars in Destination Films' comedy "Slackers," due out this spring.

"Final Destination" is about a premonition of Sawa's character, Alex, that a jetliner explosion would kill him and 39 other high-school seniors if they stayed aboard.

Victor Kaminoff, director of architectural and unique properties at Coldwell Banker, Sunset Strip, and David Gordon, of the same office, had the listing. Kara Karns of Premier Valley Homes represented Sawa.


David Murdock, chief executive of Castle & Cook, has put the 4-acre, Bel-Air site of the former Henry Salvatori estate on the market at $19.5 million.

The land was part of a complex exchange last fall in which Gary Winnick, founder of the telecommunications company Global Crossing, acquired Murdock's Bel-Air home for a total value estimated to be as high as $95 million.

Winnick had purchased the estate of the late Henry Salvatori, a confidant of Ronald Reagan, in 1998 for about $16.5 million. Salvatori's Paul Williams-designed, 12,000-square-foot home had been torn down by the time Murdock acquired the site, consisting of two legal lots.

Murdock already traded the 1-acre site next door, which he also got in his exchange with Winnick. In March, Murdock used that site, worth about $5 million, as partial payment in buying the Bel-Air home of clothing designer Mossimo Giannulli for $11.5 million, Westside Realtors said at the time.

Jeff Hyland and Rick Hilton of Hilton & Hyland, Beverly Hills, have Murdock's listing on the former Salvatori property.


The Malibu home of the late actor Francis Lederer and his wife, Marion, has come on the market at just under $5.3 million.

The veteran actor, who was once the honorary mayor of Canoga Park and had substantial real estate holdings in the San Fernando Valley, died a year ago in May at the age of 100. His wife of 59 years now lives in Palm Springs.

The couple fell in love with Broad Beach Road when they rented in Malibu during the summer of 1980. In October of that year, they bought their home.

Designed and built in 1967 for director Robert Wise ('The Sound of Music," 'West Side Story"), the home--with a grand entry and walls of glass as well as 14-foot ceilings--has a master suite with a fireplace; two other family bedrooms, and maid's quarters.

The 4,000-square-foot-plus home also has a screening room in the basement, an elevator, a detached guest suite and a changing room with bath and sauna. The house has panoramic ocean and shoreline views, and there are sand dunes along the beach.

Francis Lederer starred in the German-made, silent-screen classic "Pandora's Box" (1929) before he became an international star of stage and screen. Later, he had guest-starring roles in such TV series as "Mission: Impossible" and "The Untouchables."

Dennis Fernow of Coldwell Banker, Brentwood East office, has the listing.


Joel Gotler, president of the Renaissance literary division of Michael Ovitz's Artists Management Group, and his media producer-consultant wife, Beth Broday, have purchased 200 acres in Waterford, Vt., for $750,000.

The couple, whose primary residence is in Beverly Hills, plan to convert a 19th century barn on the Vermont site into a 4,000-square-foot second home.

Their Vermont property is next door to a home owned by one of his clients, author-painter-sculptor-woodcarver Stephen Huneck, who wrote and illustrated the children's book "Sally Goes to the Beach" and the just-published "Sally Goes to the Mountains."


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