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A Final Salute to Life in Beverly Hills

February 22, 2001|RUTH RYON | TIMES STAFF WRITER

Jim Nabors, who became famous in the '60s as the lovable TV character Gomer Pyle, has listed his Beverly Hills condo at $535,000.

The actor-singer decided to sell because he has lived primarily in Hawaii for 33 years, and he hardly ever uses his condo, which he has owned since 1978. The building was built in 1961, but his unit has been completely refurbished.

The west-facing condo, in the rear of the high-rise with city and ocean views, has three bedrooms in slightly more than 2,000 square feet. The unit also has a large terrace off the living room.

Nabors, 70, released two CDs of inspirational tunes last year, after undergoing surgery for a pacemaker and, before that, a liver transplant. A rich baritone, he sings about once a month with symphonies across the country. He also sings "Back Home Again in Indiana" at the opening ceremony of the Indy 500 every year.

Nabors first appeared as Gomer Pyle in "The Andy Griffith Show" and then starred in his own spinoff, "Gomer Pyle, U.S.M.C." He also guest-hosted "The Carol Burnett Show's" first episode each season.

June Noel of Sotheby's International Realty, Beverly Hills, has the listing.

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Weird Al Yankovic, known for his pop parodies, has listed his Hollywood Hills home at $589,000. Built in 1949, the remodeled contemporary has two bedrooms in 1,400 square feet. It also has a spa, a fireplace and canyon and city views.

Yankovic has owned the property since 1985.

With such tunes as "Amish Paradise," the Grammy-winning Yankovic, 41, became well-known in novelty music by poking fun at popular culture. He has done many takeoffs on MTV of hits by Michael Jackson, the Police and Madonna.

Among his latest recordings is "Polkamon," in the "Pokemon 2000" movie.

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Jon Urdan, former chief financial officer of Madonna's Maverick Recording Co., has sold a Hollywood Hills home that he finished rebuilding after buying it in 1999. The house sold for just under $2 million.

The buyers are Dr. Mark Lipian, a clinical and forensic psychiatrist and an assistant clinical professor of psychiatry at UCLA and UC Irvine, and his wife, Mary.

The three-bedroom house, built in 1952 before it was gutted, was partially rebuilt and left in disrepair for several years. Now it has soaring open spaces, tinted and polished concrete floors, industrial steel beams and a curved steel stairway. The master suite also has a deck with city-to-ocean views.

Lynn Teschner of Coldwell Banker, West Hollywood, represented the buyers. Jeeb Naiman O'Reilly and Grace Lucero of Nelson Shelton & Associates had the listing.

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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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