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Pair Sold on Privacy, Charm

July 29, 2001|RUTH RYON | TIMES STAFF WRITER

Brad Pitt and Jennifer Aniston have closed escrow on a Beverly Hills home for about $13.5 million.

The actors, married last July, had been looking for months for a house with a view. This house has no great views but has been described as "beautiful, with sloping grounds, a tennis court and a lot of privacy." The house is on slightly more than an acre at the end of a cul-de-sac.

Built in the 1930s for actor Fredric March, the recently restored home has six bedrooms, including a master suite with his and hers sitting rooms, in about 12,000 square feet. The French Normandy-style house also has a rotunda foyer, a screening room and a wine cellar.

The home was designed by the late architect Wallace Neff. His son, Wallace Neff, said that the house "reeks of beauty, charm and elegance."

Pitt is a lover of architectural houses and owns a Craftsman-style compound in Los Feliz, although he and Aniston have been living in her house in the Hollywood Hills. A 15-page photo gallery of Pitt's impressionistic, black-and-white visions was published last year in Pasadena architect Randell L. Makinson's book "Greene & Greene: The Blacker House" (Gibbs-Smith).

Pitt, 37, co-stars in the upcoming "Ocean's Eleven," a remake of the 1960 film starring Frank Sinatra and Dean Martin. It's due out in December.

Pitt co-starred with Julia Roberts in "The Mexican," and he starred in "Fight Club" (1999), "Meet Joe Black" (1998) and "Seven Years in Tibet" (1997). He reportedly makes $20 million a film.

Aniston, 32, just finished her seventh season playing Rachel Green on the NBC sitcom "Friends." She and the other five stars negotiated a salary of $750,000 each per episode plus additional profit-sharing for the seventh and eighth seasons.

She co-stars in the movie "Rock Star," released in April, and stars in the upcoming, low-budget, independent film "The Good Girl."

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Craig Kilborn, host of "The Late Late Show With Craig Kilborn" on CBS, has become a first-time home buyer with his purchase of a restored Spanish-style home in the Hollywood Hills at about its $2.5-million asking price.

Built in 1927, the four-bedroom, 3,200-square-foot house was completely restored with Malibu-style tile and antique wrought-iron fixtures.

"The house is great, and nothing needed to be done except to pick out furniture," said Aileen Comora, who represented Kilborn in buying the house through Sotheby's International Realty in Beverly Hills.

Kilborn has moved into the house, which is behind gates, and is "being very selective" in choosing the furniture, Comora added.

The home has a turret entry, a living room with a barrel ceiling, a master bedroom with a fireplace and sitting area, a den with a media center, three bathrooms and terraced grounds with a pool and city views.

Kilborn, 38, took over as host of "The Late Late Show," succeeding Tom Snyder, in March 1999. He previously served as host of "The Daily Show," a talk show on Comedy Central, and, before that, he was a host of ESPN's "SportsCenter."

Kilborn also was tapped to be guest editor of the September issue of Bob Guccione Jr.'s Gear magazine.

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Producer Aaron Spelling and his wife, Candy, have put their former Holmby Hills home on the market at $9.95 million.

The house was the filming location for the pilot of the TV series "Charlie's Angels" (1976-81), which Spelling co-produced.

Candy Spelling has been overseeing a refurbishing of the home where the couple lived for 16 years before their 56,500-square-foot chateau, known as the Manor, was completed nearby in 1991.

Designed by architect Paul Williams and built in 1936, the Spellings' former home is a traditional red brick on about 1.5 acres, with six bedrooms and 10 bathrooms in 11,500 square feet.

The home, with newly landscaped gardens and rolling lawns, also has a new kitchen, a tennis court with a viewing deck, a pool, a screening room/game room and a master suite with a fireplace, French doors and a balcony.

The Spellings' current residence, down the street, is on a six-acre site that once belonged to singer-actor Bing Crosby.

The Emmy-winning Spelling, 78, has been recognized by the "Guinness World Records" as the most prolific TV drama producer of all time. His many series include "Love Boat," "Dynasty," "Melrose Place," "Beverly Hills, 90210," "7th Heaven" and "Charmed."

Valerie Fitzgerald of Coldwell Banker, Beverly Hills North, has the listing.

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Kate Jackson, a former star of the "Charlie's Angels" TV series, has purchased a Studio City home for slightly more than $1 million.

The actress bought a Connecticut country-style house with four bedrooms and 31/2 bathrooms in about 2,700 square feet. Built in 1951, the house, reached from a private drive, also has a great room with vaulted, wood-beam ceilings.

Jackson sold her Beverly Hills home in November for just under $1.9 million. Sources say her decision to move was delayed in part because she needed time to decide where her son would go to school.

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