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And a house? Oh, baby, she's busy

August 02, 2008|Ann Brenoff

GOOD THINGS also come in threes: Nicole Kidman has a beautiful new baby girl, a cool new place she bought in Beverly Hills, and a starring role in the big-screen version of Broadway's smash hit "Nine."

Could life be sweeter?

Kidman, who became a mom again July 7, reportedly already has taken occupancy of her contemporary-style house in Beverly Hills with her spouse, country music star Keith Urban. They closed escrow in mid-June on a property owned by music producer Ron Fair that was listed for sale at $4,795,000 and that sold for close to that amount, real estate sources said.

The house, in a gated community that is also home to other celebrities, has five bedrooms and 4 1/4 bathrooms in about 4,100 square feet. It was built in 1965 and sits on a 1 1/4 -acre lot. The house is sunny and bright with a lot of glass and views of the canyons. A grassy play area and sideyard await when the baby, named Sunday Rose, is ready to use it.

The elegant Kidman has two other children from her previous marriage, to actor Tom Cruise.

Rarely without a major movie project, the actress is set to start work this fall on the movie "Nine," which also is expected to feature Daniel Day-Lewis, Penelope Cruz, Sophia Loren and Judi Dench.

Kidman won a best actress Oscar for her work in the 2002 movie "The Hours."

Seller Fair wrote the soundtrack for the movie "Bratz" (2007), and wrote and produced the music for "Step Up" and "Poseidon," both of which were released in 2006. He was the executive soundtrack producer for "Legally Blonde" (2001) and "White Men Can't Jump" (1992). He is also credited with mentoring young stars, including Christina Aguilera, Vanessa Carlton and the Black Eyed Peas.

Fair is currently working with the Pussycat Dolls, a pop group whose 2005 debut album, "PCD," sold 7 million copies worldwide. He has been chairman of Geffen Records since 2006.

Billy Rose and Blair Chang of Prudential California Realty, Beverly Hills, had the listing, according to the Multiple Listing Service.

Milwaukee's man plans a Malibu exit

When some men have a middle-age crisis, they buy a sports car or get an earlobe pierced.

In the case of Mark Attanasio, it's been suggested he bought a professional baseball team. Now we don't really know that for sure, despite his wife's speculations in USA Today on why her husband would be possessed to commit such an act of madness.

Now, Attanasio, who is an investment banker by day and principal owner of the Milwaukee Brewers -- a team still yearning for its first World Series crown -- has listed his Malibu beachfront house at $22 million. The adjacent lot, now home to a nifty sports court, is also available for $14 million. Combo: $36 million, or buy separately; your choice.

The Broad Beach house, which would not be out of place in the Hamptons, has six bedrooms and four bathrooms. Tax records give it 3,025 square feet, but spacious decks and the Pacific Ocean at the door make it feel larger.

Weathered shakes adorn the exterior, and flagstone paths wrap through a rose garden. The planked walkways lead to rolling sand dunes covered in sea grass. Shelter Island or Malibu?

The kitchen is the usual fabulous that you'd expect if you were plopping down $22 million. Lots of nice detail features inside too, including a floor-to-ceiling river-rock fireplace and crown moldings. The beach, of course, is the showstopper.

In 2005, Attanasio bought the Brewers from the family of Major League Baseball Commissioner Bud Selig for $180 million. He is a senior partner in the money management firm Trust Co. of the West. His brother is scriptwriter Paul Attanasio.

What's love got to do with it? Quite a lot

I love when people take care of their parents. And I suspect that actress Angela Bassett is joining me in high-fiving George and Laura Carroll, neighbors who bought her Hancock Park house -- finally -- with the intention of moving George's parents up from San Diego to live in it. The Carrolls' house backs up to this property, and they plan to install a gate so no one needs to walk around the block.

The story gets even nicer: The Carrolls had already bought the house next to them for Laura's mom and dad, Joe and Alice Petrucci. (Heck, I'm loving these folks so much, I want them to come to dinner. George? Laura? How's next week look? Bring the whole mishpooka, and we'll send the tab to Angela.)

The former Bassett house has five bedrooms and 7 1/2 bathrooms in 4,828 square feet. It is a French colonial, built in 1940, and has a new 1,384-square-foot, two-story guesthouse with two bedrooms and two bathrooms. The property includes a full gym and a hair salon.

The house sold for $3.8 million, according to the MLS. It was listed in March at $4,999,000, then dropped to $3.9 million.

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