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Osbourne's home is her new reality

June 01, 2003|Ruth Ryon | Times Staff Writer

Kelly Osbourne, daughter of rocker Ozzy Osbourne and co-star with her family of MTV's reality series "The Osbournes," has purchased a Hollywood Hills home for close to its $1.2-million asking price.

Osbourne, who is also a singer, is getting ready to move into her new home. Since escrow closed a few weeks ago, workers have been installing new features, including added security.

The Spanish-style house, built in the late '20s, was updated before Osbourne bought it.

The house, behind gates, has three bedrooms and a den in about 3,000 square feet. The two-story master suite has a sitting room, two bathrooms, a fireplace and city views. The living room has a stone fireplace and city views. The house also has an outdoor kitchen and a spa.

Osbourne cut a demo of Madonna's "Papa Don't Preach" last summer. After that she released her debut album, "Shut Up," and went on tour. Osbourne, 18, grew up in London before the family moved to Los Angeles about seven years ago.

"The Osbournes" made its debut in March 2002, and the show became a hit its first season. Its third season, already filmed, will start airing this month, but the show's ratings are down, and there is some question about whether it will continue.

Kevin Watson, Joe Babajian and Kyle Grasso of Prudential John Aaroe, Beverly Hills, represented Osbourne in buying, and Brett Lawyer of the same office had the listing, Westside sources said.

Singer sets her sights on Nashville

Pop star LeAnn Rimes has put her gated compound in the hills of West Los Angeles on the market at just under $2.5 million.

The singer, 20, and her dancer-writer husband, Dean Sheremet, plan to relocate to Nashville, where they expect to start a family. Rimes bought her L.A. home just before Christmas of 2000. She married Sheremet a few months later.

Her four-bedroom home, built in the '50s and recently remodeled, is on slightly more than an acre and includes a 3,400-square-foot main house and a 1,500-square-foot detached building with a studio, media room, apartment, four-car garage and wine cellar. There is also a pool with a spa.

Rimes' latest album, "Twisted Angel," is a combination of pop and rock music with a hint of country. Rimes co-wrote four of the songs and was the album's executive producer.

She first gained attention in 1996 at age 13 with a No. 1 country album and two Grammy Awards. Since then, she also has had a few small roles on TV and in film.

A final recording for Peggy Lee

The Bel-Air home of the late singer Peggy Lee has been sold for $2 million.

The house was listed last August. Lee died the previous January at 81. She had lived in the home since 1980.

The French Regency-style, nearly 5,000-square-foot house has a two-bedroom master suite with two bathrooms. It also has a hallway library, an elevator, two guest suites and a rooftop garden. The home, built in the '60s, has a banquet-size dining room with city views and French doors leading to a pool and patio.

Lee was popular with jazz and pop audiences for 50 years. She was known for her recordings of such songs as "Fever" and "Is That All There Is?"

Monty Iceman of Prudential-John Aaroe in Encino had the listing, and Yetti Peper of Coldwell Banker, Beverly Hills, represented the buyers.

Late physicist's home for sale

The Newport Beach home of the late Ernest O. Lawrence, who won the 1939 Nobel Prize in physics for inventing and developing the cyclotron or "atom smasher," has been listed at just under $3.7 million. Lawrence was director of the radiation lab for UC Berkeley from 1936 until he died in 1958.

Lawrence purchased the property in 1946, and it has remained in his family for the past 57 years.

The original house was built in 1923; in 1955 it was rebuilt. The nearly 3,400-square-foot home, on a corner lot of Little Balboa Island, has six bedrooms, three bathrooms, a four-car garage and a boat mooring. There is a one-bedroom apartment in the rear.

The home, directly on the bayfront and the boardwalk, has views to the mouth of Newport Harbor and the Balboa Pavilion.

Don Abrams of Abrams Coastal Properties on Balboa Island has the listing.

Rocker leaves his canyon home

Leor "DJ Lethal" Dimant of the band Limp Bizkit has sold his home off Topanga Canyon for close to its $1.4-million asking price. Dimant has moved to the beach for a few months. He and his band are about to go on tour.

The six-bedroom, nearly 6,000-square-foot home that he sold is behind gates on about an acre of land. It has a pool and canyon views. The house, built in 1995, was also owned at one time by the late rap star Tupac Shakur.

Dimant, 30, was the DJ in the early '90s of the rap group House of Pain. He joined Limp Bizkit as that band's DJ in 1996. He is also known for remixing a track on Rob Zombie's album "American Made Music to Strip By" and for being executive producer of Sugar Ray's first album, "Lemonade and Brownies."

Todd and Lori Marks of Prudential John Aaroe, Sherman Oaks, had the listing, sources said.

Toluca Lake loses a leading voice

Robby Benson, who went from being a teenage star of the '70s to a sitcom director and voice actor in the '90s, has sold his Toluca Lake home. He was asking just under $1 million.

The house, which was built in 1961, has three bedrooms in about 2,900 square feet. The contemporary-style home has an updated kitchen, a downstairs office and a pool with a spa and waterfall.

Benson, 47, was the voice of the Beast in the Disney film "Beauty and the Beast" (1991), and he reprised the role in the 1997 "Beauty and the Beast: The Enchanted Christmas."

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