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'Shaft' Shifts to Beverly Hills

March 18, 2001|RUTH RYON | TIMES STAFF WRITER

Actor Samuel L. Jackson and his actress wife, LaTanya Richardson, have put their Encino home of six years on the market at $2.8 million.

Because they traveled so much, they lacked time until now to move into the Beverly Hills-area home they bought last summer from Roseanne for close to $8.9 million. Roseanne and her husband moved to Palos Verdes.

Jackson and Richardson's Encino home has a four-bedroom, 5,000-square-foot main house and a three-bedroom, 3,000-square-foot guest house with a full kitchen. The main house has a two-story family room with a bar. There are also three fireplaces in the home.

Built in 1981, the English Tudor-style home is on about an acre, behind gates in Amestoy Estates. The home also has a tennis court, 66-by-20-foot pool, five-car garage and putting green. Jackson hosts the Samuel L. Jackson Celebrity Golf Classic, which will be held in California in July.

He, his wife and daughter now live in a home on two acres in a gated community. The nine-bedroom, 11,000-square-foot estate, built in 1987, also has a pool, spa, tennis court and rose garden.

Jackson, 52, had the title role in the 2000 remake of the 1971 classic "Shaft." Last year, he also played a Marine colonel in "Rules of Engagement" and a comic-art dealer in "Unbreakable."

The actor, who earned an Oscar nomination for "Pulp Fiction" (1994), stars in "The Caveman's Valentine," released at the Sundance Festival this year, and the upcoming movies "The 51st Stage," 'Changing Lanes," 'Truck 44" and "Star Wars: Episode II," expanding his cameo role in "The Phantom Menace."

Richardson, married to Jackson since 1980, co-stars with Alan Arkin in A&E's first original weekly drama series, "100 Centre Street." She appeared with Jackson in the movie "Losing Isaiah" (1995), and she was in "U.S. Marshals" (1998), "When a Man Loves a Woman" (1994), "Sleepless in Seattle" (1993) and "Malcolm X" (1992).

Alfie and Myrna Shanfeld at Coldwell Banker Previews, Encino, have the Encino listing.

KABC-AM (790) radio talk-show host Larry Elder has purchased a home in the Hollywood Hills for about $1.6 million, and he has sold his former home nearby for $625,000.

The home he sold has three bedrooms in 2,200 square feet. Built in the '50s, the house has a black-bottom pool, spa and views of Lake Hollywood.

The home Elder bought has four bedrooms in 4,500 square feet. Also built in the '50s, the house sits on a knoll behind gates.

The afternoon-drive-show host, 48, has described himself as a "libertarian" with a "fiscal conservative and social liberal" outlook.

In 1997, a group from South-Central Los Angeles briefly organized an ad boycott against his show and labeled Elder, an African American, as anti-black, which he countered was itself "racism." Since then, Elder has appeared as a 1st Amendment champion on such shows as "60 Minutes," and on CNN and CNBC.

Michael Maize of Paramount Properties, Sherman Oaks, represented Elder in selling and buying; Alexis Blatt of Coldwell Banker, Hollywood Hills, had the listing on the home Elder bought.

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Robin Lerner, who wrote Faith Hill's hit song "This Kiss" and recently adapted her feature film "Hearts and Arrows" for TV as the ABC "Wonderful World of Disney" movie "Princess of Thieves," has just moved into a Hollywood home she bought in November for $775,000.

With the purchase, Lerner became a first-time home buyer.

Her Hollywood home was built in the '20s and has three bedrooms in slightly more than 3,000 square feet.

The Old World-style home has a sitting room, a sun room, a breakfast room, a bonus room and a guest house. The property also has a lagoon-style pool and a spa. The house had been listed at $729,000. There were multiple offers.

Lerner splits her time among Nashville, L.A. and London. She created animated musical features for Disney, Amblin and Warner Bros. Pictures, then wrote songs for Sheena Easton, Carly Simon, Patti LaBelle and Luther Vandross.

In 1996 she signed with Maverick Music and wrote songs for Randy Travis and Faith Hill. She's now represented by Warner-Chappell.

Andrea Farber of Coldwell Banker, Beverly Hills South, was the selling agent.

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The former Bel-Air home of William A. Wilson, ambassador to the Vatican under President Reagan, has been listed at $8.9 million.

Wilson sold the house in 1998 for $3.5 million. The buyer, an L.A. businessman, spent two years renovating and expanding the home, on two-thirds of an acre.

Designed by architect Paul Williams and built in 1937, the Colonial-style house had four bedrooms and a guest house in more than 6,000 square feet.

Now the house has three bedroom suites, including a master suite with an office and a workout room; a pool house; guest quarters; and a newly built family room, all in close to 8,000 square feet.

Wilson, in his mid-80s, is still active and regularly plays golf on the Westside, real estate sources said.

Raymond Bekeris of John Bruce Nelson & Associates has the listing.

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Want to see previous columns on celebrity real estate transactions? Visit http://www.latimes.com/hotproperty on the Internet for more Hot Properties.

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