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Partridge Ready for a Smaller Nest

February 04, 2001|RUTH RYON | TIMES STAFF WRITER

Oscar-winning singer-actress Shirley Jones and her husband, producer Marty Ingels, have listed their longtime Beverly Hills home at $3.8 million.

Their three-year remodeling project, costing an estimated $1.5 million, was just completed. But the couple, who separated for six months last year and recently reconciled, decided to sell their home to start the new year and their new life together. They have been looking at homes from Malibu to Sherman Oaks.

Built in 1954 and owned by Jones since 1965, the Beverly Hills house, designed by architect Gerard R. Colcord, also became Ingels' home after the couple were married in the late '70s. In 1996, he started planning to turn one of the two garages into an office-guest house.

By the end of 1998, the work--which included a new slate roof, and new plumbing and electrical wiring--was completed, but then Ingels came up with more remodeling ideas.

"We built the guest house, where the offices are, and then we added a room with video arcade games, doubled the master suite and created a bigger kitchen, about 25 feet long," he said. A large balcony also was built, along with a waterfall by the pool, and new landscaping was added.

The 7,000-square-foot home, plus the guest house, has five bedrooms, maid's quarters and four fireplaces. There is also a six-car garage.

"I overbuilt the house," Ingels said. "Shirley came back [after their separation] and said, 'This house is too big for us.' " Ingels agreed. "Now we're looking together in Encino."

Jones, in her mid-60s, starred in such musical films as "Carousel" (1956), and she played the mother in the '70s sitcom "The Partridge Family." Last year, she played Mrs. Partridge on "That '70s Show." She won an Oscar for best supporting actress in "Elmer Gantry" (1960).

Ingels, a comedian-turned-TV producer, and Jones are to speak Tuesday at a seminar for the Learning Annex at the Doubletree Hotel in Santa Monica. Their topic: "The Value of Separation and Therapy in a Marriage."

"We did [a seminar for the Learning Annex] the day we split up," Ingels said. The subject: "Careers and Successful Relationships."

"We were an example of a couple working on keeping a marriage together," he said.

Elaine Young at DBL Realtors, Beverly Hills, has the listing.

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enny McCarthy, who recently teamed with producer Ira Ungeleider (of NBC's "Cursed," now called "The Weber Show") to develop a comedy for Fox about 20-something singles living in Los Angeles, has listed her Beverly Hills home of almost two years at just under $2.5 million.

McCarthy, 28, appears in the upcoming movie "The Perfect You," which finished shooting in the fall. She was in the movies "Python" (2000), "Scream 3" (2000) and "Diamonds" (1999). After "Diamonds," she married the film's director, John Asher.

The 1994 Playboy Playmate of the Year also co-hosted the MTV dating game "Singled Out" and starred in MTV's "The Jenny McCarthy Show" before starring in the NBC sitcom "Jenny" (1997-'98).

Her Beverly Hills home was built in the 1920s and has four bedrooms in about 4,000 square feet. The Mediterranean-style home, which was recently restored, also has stained-glass windows, a fireplace and gardens with fountains and a pool.

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ormer L.A. Laker forward John Salley, who retired from the NBA last year, has sold his Beverly Hills-area home for close to its $2.7-million asking price.

The 10-year NBA veteran, 36, is leasing now and plans to continue to live locally. He recently started co-hosting the nightly show "BET Live," on the Black Entertainment Television network, and he hosted the Billboard Music Video Awards in November.

Salley signed with the Lakers in October 1999, after being away from basketball for three years. During that time, he was a commentator on NBC. He was a member of the Chicago Bulls 1996 championship team and also played with the Detroit Pistons.

The house, built in 1992 on one acre in a gated community, has five bedrooms and six baths in 8,200 square feet. The three-level home also has a gym, game room and pool.

The buyer is a college professor.

Nick Segal of DBL Realtors, Sunset Strip, had the listing. David Mossler and Barbara Patman of Mossler, Deasy & Doe, Beverly Hills, was the selling agent.

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whimsically designed house in Alpine, 35 miles east of San Diego, has been sold for the first time since it was built in 1979, for about $240,000.

The house, which has one bedroom and a loft in just under 1,000 square feet, was designed by artist-sculptor James T. Hubbell, known for his own free-form compound 50 miles east of San Diego near Julian. Hubbell has designed about 20 naturalistic homes and commercial buildings in California.

The house, which sits next to a stream and has a separate art studio, is typical of Hubbell's work with its colorful stained-glass windows, hand-wrought iron and free-flowing glass mosaics.

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