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'Hammer' waves bye to Malibu

May 11, 2003|Ruth Ryon | Times Staff Writer

Stacy Keach has put his longtime Malibu home on the market at just under $5.3 million.

The actor and his wife, Polish actress Malgosia Tomassi, built a country house in Poland, and the couple plans to spend more time there.

Keach, who last weekend ended his seven-week run at the Mark Taper Forum as an artist embittered by the fickleness of the art world in Jon Robin Baitz's play "Ten Unknowns," has owned his Malibu home for slightly more than 20 years.

He bought the property before he became known as private detective Mike Hammer in a series of TV movies preceding the 1984 series "Mickey Spillane's Mike Hammer." The veteran stage actor, 61, won a Golden Globe for best actor in a miniseries for "Hemingway" (1988), which led to his recent recording of Ernest Hemingway's short stories for Simon & Schuster Inc. Keach also was a hit as the alcoholic father on the Fox sitcom "Titus" (2000-02).

For The Record
Los Angeles Times Wednesday May 14, 2003 Home Edition Main News Part A Page 2 1 inches; 52 words Type of Material: Correction
Keach home -- A headline in Sunday's Real Estate section, '' 'Hammer' Waves Bye to Malibu,'' mistakenly gave the impression that actor Stacy Keach is leaving Malibu. Although Keach has listed his home there for sale, a spokesman for the actor said that Keach plans to keep a pied-a-terre in the area.
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Los Angeles Times Sunday May 18, 2003 Home Edition Real Estate Part K Page 3 Features Desk 1 inches; 54 words Type of Material: Correction
Keach home -- A headline in the Real Estate section May 11, " 'Hammer' Waves Bye to Malibu," mistakenly gave the impression that actor Stacy Keach is leaving Malibu. Although Keach has listed his home there for sale, a spokesman for the actor said that Keach plans to keep a pied-a-terre in the area.

His Malibu home is on a gated 6-acre knoll near Paradise Cove. The Mediterranean country villa, built in the '50s, has city and ocean views from Point Dume to the Palos Verdes Peninsula.

The 8,400-square-foot compound includes a five-bedroom, seven-bathroom main house with a one-bedroom guest wing, and a detached two-bedroom caretaker's house. The main house has a media/family room with a fireplace, a master suite with a sitting area and a fireplace, a library, a home office, a kitchen with a breakfast room, a formal dining room and a gym with a sauna.

The compound also has a pool, spa and cabana. There is room for equestrian facilities, and access to horse trails. Keach's land can be subdivided.

Irene Dazzan-Palmer of Coldwell Banker's Malibu East office shares the listing with Terry Lucoff of the firm's office in Malibu Colony.

Ferrare has designs on Corridor condo

Cristina Ferrare, model-turned-actress/TV personality and jeweler, and her husband, former entertainment executive Tony Thomopoulos, have sold their Bel-Air home, listed in March at just under $6.6 million.

The couple, who bought a condo in a high-rise in the Wilshire Corridor, had owned the six-bedroom, 7,500-square-foot house for 16 years. Among its former owners were Betty Grable, Stephen Stills and Jaclyn Smith.

The Tudor-style home, built in 1937, was remodeled in 1997. The home, on about an acre, has a home theater, sunroom/gym, wine cellar and several gardens.

Joe Babajian, Kyle Grasso and Michelle Ficarra of Prudential California Realty, Beverly Hills, represented the buyers, who are from the San Francisco Bay Area.

It's good night, Sunset Strip

Max Mutchnick, a creator and executive producer of the series "Will & Grace" and "Good Morning, Miami," has sold his home in the Sunset Strip area for $6 million.

The nearly 5,000-square-foot home has a two-bedroom main house and a detached guesthouse. Among its other amenities are a home theater, a gym and a pool.

The home, built about 1940, was recently refurbished.

Someone new in Dinah's kitchen?

Dinah Shore's Beverly Hills home of nearly 30 years, where she died at 76 in 1994, has been listed at $14.5 million.

The late singer-TV hostess often entertained at the house, where she also wrote four cookbooks and shot the cooking segments for her TV shows.

The Cape Cod-style house has eight bedrooms and 9.5 bathrooms. It is on nearly an acre and has a pool and a tennis court. The house is in a prime residential area within a block of the Beverly Hills Hotel and is hidden behind gates and a grove of birch trees.

It has been expanded a number of times, most recently after its current owners purchased the house in the late '90s. The kitchen has been updated but restored to look as much as possible as it did when Shore lived in the house. It has soaring beamed ceilings, a wet bar and French doors leading to a garden. The home also has a gym and a guesthouse.

Rose Borne and Joe Babajian of Prudential California Realty, Beverly Hills, have the listing.

The house that

chocolate built

A Beverly Hills home known when it was built in 1937 as "The See's Candy Estate" has been sold for about its $8-million asking price.

The traditional-style home was constructed and owned for many years by Charles and Florence See, who opened the first See's Candies shop and kitchen on Western Avenue in Los Angeles in 1921. The family sold the company for $25 million in 1972 to Berkshire Hathaway Inc., overseen by Warren Buffett.

After the Sees sold the house, it was owned at one time by pop singer Frankie Laine and at another time by the family of A.P. Giannini, founder of the Bank of America.

The home has seven bedrooms and 10 bathrooms in 10,000-plus square feet. The house, on 1.25 acres, also has a 300-foot-long driveway, a tennis court, a pool and a guesthouse.

The buyers are Kurt Rappaport, 34-year-old co-founder of Westside Estate Agency in Beverly Hills, and his wife, Juliette.

Downsizing after

dot-com CEO role

Kevin Wendle, who stepped down earlier this year as chief executive of the dot-com entertainment company IFilm, has purchased a Hollywood Hills home designed by Darryl Wilson for close to its $3.95-million asking price, fully furnished.

Wendle announced in February that he would remain an IFilm board member. In 2002, he sold a Bel-Air compound, which he created from several houses, for about $21 million.

The house he purchased has three bedrooms in about 2,400 square feet. It was built in the '60s and has a pool and a spa.

Wilson, also a Realtor, had the listing at Nelson Shelton, Beverly Hills. Jeff Kohl at Prudential California Realty, Beverly Hills, represented Wendle.

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