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'Frasier' Saying Cheers to Hollywood Hills

July 22, 2001|RUTH RYON | TIMES STAFF WRITER

"Frasier" star Kelsey Grammer has put a Hollywood Hills home that he owns on the market at $715,000.

The Emmy-and Golden Globe-winning star of the NBC sitcom and his wife, model Camille Donatacci, had been using the pied-a-terre when in town but decided that they were not spending enough time there to keep it, a source said.

The couple has other homes, including one on nearly five acres in Malibu that the actor bought in 1998 for $4.5 million.

The Hollywood Hills house has three bedrooms and 2.5 baths in slightly more than 2,100 square feet. It also has a deck, city-to-ocean views, dark-wood floors and a living room with high, beamed ceilings.

The contemporary-style home was built in 1964 for George Nelson, who was nominated for an Oscar for best set decoration for "Apocalypse Now" (1979).

The house was renovated extensively last year by a production designer who sold it to Grammer. The actor bought the house in March 2000. He also did some refurbishing.

Grammer, 46, co-starred with Robert De Niro and Ed Burns in the movie "15 Minutes," released in March.

He played Dr. Frasier Crane, the Harvard-educated psychiatrist, on "Cheers" for nearly a decade before starring as the same character in "Frasier," which began when "Cheers" ended in 1993.

Debby Berg of Prudential John Aaroe, Pacific Design Center, has the listing.

Actress Charlotte Ross, who replaces Kim Delaney this fall as the precinct's ranking female detective on the ABC series "NYPD Blue," has purchased a Studio City home for $1.25 million.

Ross, who joined "NYPD Blue" in March as detective Connie McDowell, bought a home with six bedrooms in slightly more than 3,300 square feet.

Built in 1948 but described as being in "mint condition," the traditional-style home, behind gates, also has a master suite with a fireplace, a media-bonus room and mountain-greenbelt views. French doors lead to a pool, spa and grassy yard.

Ross listed her former four-bedroom home on a creek in nearby Fryman Estates at $874,500.

The actress, 33, moved to L.A. in 1987 from her native Winnetka, Ill., to appear on the daytime drama "Days of Our Lives." Later, she was on "Empty Nest," "Married ... With Children," "Murder One" and "Frasier."

She was a regular on the CBS comedy "The Five Mrs. Buchanans" (1994-95), then had a recurring guest role in 1998 on "NYPD Blue." Before joining "NYPD Blue" as a regular, Ross played an ambitious vice president of development for a struggling network on the Showtime series "Beggars and Choosers."

She was hired to play Delaney's new partner in "NYPD Blue," but Delaney left the series at the end of last season to star as a criminal defense attorney in the new ABC series "Philly."

Tomm Wells of Coldwell Banker Real Estate in Studio City represented Ross in her purchase and has her listing. Jan Barnow of Prudential John Aaroe had the listing on the property that Ross bought.

A Holmby Hills home owned for more than a decade by the late Ziegfeld Follies and radio star Fanny Brice, whom Barbra Streisand played in the movies "Funny Girl" (1969) and "Funny Lady" (1975), has been sold.

The asking price was $19,950,000. The home, which closed escrow last week, sold for about $15 million, according to local Realtors who were not part of the deal.

The Country English-style home, on two acres, was sold to Richard King, a director of King World Productions, and his wife, Lauren, an interior designer. King World syndicates "The Oprah Winfrey Show," "Inside Edition," "Wheel of Fortune" and "Jeopardy!"

The seller is in the media-management business.

The five-bedroom, 11,000-square-foot house has a screening room, wine cellar, six fireplaces, a staff wing, a gym, two guest houses, a tennis court, pool, spa, cabana, grassy lawns and rose gardens.

Recently renovated, the home was built in 1938, the year Brice bought it. She came to California from New York in 1937 to further her radio career. She owned the home until she died at 59 in the early 1950s.

Loren Judd of Westside Estate Agency, Beverly Hills, represented the Kings, and Joyce Flaherty of Coldwell Banker, Beverly Hills, had the listing, other Realtors said.

A whole block in West Hollywood that was owned by the late actor Craig Stevens and his late wife, actress Alexis Smith, has been sold for about its $2.4-million asking price.

Properties on the block include a 3,500-square-foot house originally owned by the late actress Loretta Young in the early '50s and another house about the same size. There is also an eight-unit apartment house on the block.

The house that was owned by Young was designed by the late John Wolfe and has some doors that were copied for the set of her popular 1950s TV show. Stevens and Smith bought the house in the early '70s.

The current buyer is described as someone behind the scenes in entertainment.

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