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An atmospheric shift on the home front

May 21, 2006|Ruth Ryon | Times Staff Writer

Occasional clouds and scattered showers may have slowed their house hunting, but Dallas Raines, the KABC-TV weathercaster, and his wife, Danielle, finally found a Pasadena home they like. They bought it for just under $2 million.

The couple decided last year that they were ready for a change of residence. They bought an eye-catching Mediterranean Revival with two towers -- one round and one square. Previous owners had updated the 4,300-square-foot house, built in 1988, and installed hardwood floors.

The estate, on slightly more than an acre, has three master bedroom suites and five bathrooms. There is a fourth bedroom that can be used as a maid's quarters. The main master bedroom suite has an extra-large closet, a granite fireplace, a shower with glass blocks and a balcony. The house also has a patio and many windows with views of the San Gabriel Valley.

A dramatic landing overlooks the two-story round entry area. The kitchen has state-of-the-art appliances, a pantry and a center island. Both the sunken living room and the family room have fireplaces, and the family room has a built-in, 50-inch plasma TV.

Outside, there is a salt water lap pool and spa plus a basin of land that has been used by previous owners as a ball field for children.

The 51-year-old meteorologist and his wife sold their former home, in the same general neighborhood, in late 2005.

Raines has been forecasting Southland weather for KABC since July 1984. Before joining the station, he was a weathercaster and chief meteorologist for the "Evening News" on CNN. He has won a Golden Mike from the Radio & Television News Assn. and awards from the Associated Press.

Annette Ludwig of Re/Max Elite, Glendale, had the listing, and Deno Kidde of Sotheby's International Realty, Pasadena, represented the Raineses.

Leaving behind

a celebrity estate

Radio syndication czar Norm Pattiz may soon find out if it's true that "it's never your house until you sell it."

"For the past 20 years, I've been living in [entertainment mogul] David Geffen's house," Pattiz said. "Geffen lived in [actress] Marlo Thomas' house. The next person to buy will live in Norm Pattiz's house."

Pattiz, founder and chairman of Westwood One, and his wife, DJ Mary Pattiz, have listed their Beverly Hills-area home at $27.5 million.

The updated estate, built in 1940, is on a 5-acre knoll behind gates with lush gardens and downtown-to-ocean views.

There is a traditional-style main house, detached screening room, separate poolhouse, tennis court, pool, sauna and two-story guesthouse with a kitchen. The compound has seven bedrooms and eight bathrooms in about 8,000 square feet. There is also a four-car garage.

Asked why they're selling, he said, "We already had a Montecito house, but we're going bigger up there." The couple plan to maintain a pied-a-terre in L.A. so he can stay near what he describes as his "60-foot, go-fast boat," which he keeps in an area marina. He has sponsored actor Don Johnson's boat in offshore races.

Pattiz, 63, founded Westwood One in 1974. The company syndicates radio and TV news programs, including sports and talk shows as well as traffic reports.

Kurt Rappaport of Westside Estate Agency, Beverly Hills, has the listing with Jana Jones-Duffy and Fred Holley, both of Coldwell Banker, Beverly Hills South.

Newlyweds to do the Valley shuffle

Talent agent Patrick Whitesell and his wife, newscaster Lauren Sanchez, have sold their Pacific Palisades home for nearly $3.3 million.

The traditional-style house has five bedrooms and 3 1/2 bathrooms in 3,000 square feet, as well as ocean, mountain and city views.

Whitesell, a partner at Endeavor Agency who was once listed by Premiere magazine as one of the 50 most powerful people in Hollywood, and Sanchez, known for her Fox 11 entertainment reports and for being a host of the Fox reality show "So You Think You Can Dance," plan to move to a more family-oriented home in the San Fernando Valley. The couple were married last summer.

DJ ready to pack up his platters

Paul Oakenfold, a superstar DJ from the United Kingdom who found a lucrative sideline scoring soundtracks for "The Matrix Unloaded" and other films, has sold his Hollywood Hills house for about $2.3 million.

The five-bedroom, 5,000-square-foot house has a pool and a spa.

Oakenfold bought another home soon after purchasing this one, which he never occupied.

Mark Goldsmith of Coldwell Banker, Beverly Hills, and Albert Hughes shared the Hollywood Hills listing.

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