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'Great One' Is Aiming at a New Goal

November 25, 2001|RUTH RYON | TIMES STAFF WRITER

Hockey Hall of Famer Wayne Gretzky and his actress wife, Janet Jones, are building a 12,000-square-foot home on six acres overlooking Sherwood Country Club in the Thousand Oaks area.

Expected to be completed next summer, the Georgian-style residence will have seven bedrooms, a guest house, a pool house and a gym.

Industry sources familiar with but not involved in the project estimated the cost, not including land, at more than $4 million. The architect is Richard Landry of Santa Monica.

The Gretzkys, who have four children, have maintained a home in the L.A. area since they were married in 1988.

Known as "The Great One," the hockey legend, 40, retired as a player in April 1999 after having set or shared 61 records and earning four Stanley Cup championship rings. He spent 20 years in the National Hockey League, playing more than seven seasons with the L.A. Kings. In February, he and Phoenix real-estate developer Steve Ellman purchased the Phoenix Coyotes.

Gretzky, a native of Canada who also played with the Edmonton Oilers, is also manager of Team Canada, which will compete in hockey at the 2002 Olympic Winter Games in Salt Lake City.

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A Beverly Hills home that had been owned by Damon Wayans, executive producer and star of the ABC sitcom "My Wife and Kids," and his wife of 16 years, Lisa, has been sold for $2.85 million as part of their divorce proceedings.

In August, Wayans, 40, purchased a six-bedroom, 5,500-square-foot home in Toluca Lake for about $2.2 million. His wife filed for divorce last year.

The Beverly Hills house, which the couple bought in 1993 for $2.5 million, has seven bedrooms in 9,600 square feet. Built in 1988, the home, on nearly an acre, also has a pool.

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Barry Josephson, an executive producer of the live-action Fox-TV series "The Tick" (based on the adventures of the animated blue superhero) has put his Santa Monica home on the market for $10 million.

Built in 1927, the four-story, 6,700-square-foot home, on the Santa Monica Gold Coast near the California Incline, was remodeled about two years ago.

It has a two-story courtyard with a retractable glass ceiling, four bedroom suites, including a master bedroom with a patio overlooking the pool and ocean; a projection theater and a large grassy yard next to the sand. There is also parking for four cars in a garage and four cars outside.

Josephson, who is a co-founder of Comic Relief, also worked for Gallin/Morey, managing the careers of Paula Abdul and Whoopi Goldberg. He helped found Sandollar Films, which produced several of Dolly Parton's TV movies and specials, and he worked with Joel Silver on "Die Hard 2" (1990) and "Predator 2" (1990). He was a studio executive at Columbia Pictures before he recently formed a production partnership with Barry Sonnenfeld and negotiated a three-year deal with Disney.

June Scott of June Scott Estates, a Coldwell Banker Previews company in Beverly Hills, has the listing.

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Bob Rafelson, who directed Jack Nicholson in his first starring role in a mainstream movie, "Five Easy Pieces" (1970), has listed his Beverly Hills-area home at just under $1.6 million.

"It was a great bachelor pad or for a couple without children, but this house is not an appropriate place for a baby," he said.

Rafelson, in his mid-60s, and his wife have a son who is 2. They have already moved to a property he has owned since 1969 in Colorado. He calls his home there "the house that 'Easy Rider' built." And, he said, "If we have more children, we can add onto it."

He has owned the home he is selling since 1992.

"I looked for a house for 17 years, and when I saw this place, I bought it the same day," he recalled. From the house, he could see nothing but greenery--58 acres of land owned by the Santa Monica Conservancy.

The home, which has 16-to 17-foot-high ceilings and is on a private drive, has two bedrooms and a den or third bedroom in about 3,800 square feet.

"The top floor is one gigantic bedroom with a fireplace," Rafelson said. The bedroom has a fireplace, a wet bar and an expansive terrace. There are five fireplaces in the house.

In a style familiar in the Spanish Riviera, the villa is set behind high walls. Built in 1987, the house, behind gates, also has large, bright rooms and a pool.

Rafelson, who has directed six movies featuring Nicholson, also co-created "The Monkees" 1960s TV series featuring the band that sold 23 million albums in two years.

He was one of six directors who each contributed a 30-minute segment for Showtime's "Picture Windows" in 1995. In 1998, he directed the HBO movie "Poodle Springs."

He is currently editing the movie "The House on Turk Street," which he directed. Starring Samuel L. Jackson and Milla Jovovich, it's due out next year.

Barry Sloane at Sotheby's International Realty, Beverly Hills, has the listing with Ron de Salvo in the Beverly Hills North office of Coldwell Banker Previews.

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The Beverly Hills home where Jose Menendez and his wife, Kitty, were killed in 1989 by their sons has been sold in the $3-million range, about the same price as it fetched when it was sold by the Menendezes' estate in 1991.

The couple paid $4 million for the 9,063-square-foot house in 1988. In 1990, the estate rented out the home to a Saudi prince for a few months at $40,000 a month, sources said at the time.

The Mediterranean-style home, behind gates, has five bedrooms, a tennis court, pool and two-story guest cottage.

The asking price this time was $4.15 million. The buyer is said to be a Beverly Hills businessman.

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