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Tick, tick, tick, tick, vamoose

March 09, 2008|Ruth Ryon | Times Staff Writer

12:15-1:15: She buys.

1:15-8:30: She moves and rents it out.

8:30-11:15: She tries to sell.

11:15: In this market, we may need to tune in next season to see what happens.

Mary Lynn Rajskub, who plays computer whiz Chloe O'Brian opposite Kiefer Sutherland's Jack Bauer on Fox's "24," bought a remodeled two-bedroom, 800-square-foot Venice bungalow in 2005 for $899,000. She then moved to be closer to the Valley studios and leased the bungalow to Mia Kirsch- ner, who played Mandy in seven episodes of "24." After Kirschner moved out in January, Rajskub put the place on the market for $1.4 million.

Before Rajskub bought it, the bungalow had been turned into a contemporary-style home with 2 1/2 bathrooms and a shower with mosaic tiles. Natural hues of gray, white and black were used to create a serene environment. The house also has a detached recreation room with a half-bath.

Rajskub, 36, appeared in the movies "Little Miss Sunshine," "Legally Blonde 2" and "Dude, Where's My Car?" Kirschner, 33, starred in the 2004 season of "The L Word," Showtime series about a group of lesbian friends. Robin Walpert of Sotheby's International Realty, Santa Monica, has the listing.

Sunset Strip crib for his turntables

Mixmaster Mike, a 37-year-old turntablist and resident DJ with the hip-hop group the Beastie Boys, has purchased a home in the Sunset Strip area for $990,000.

Mike, whose real name is Michael Schwartz, bought a Country French-style home with three bedrooms and 1 3/4 bathrooms in slightly more than 2,000 square feet. The house, built in 1930, has a wraparound porch, gardens and park-like grounds.

Mike has worked on such albums with the Beastie Boys as "To the 5 Boroughs" (2004).

Kevin and Jovana Keyser had the listing at Sotheby's International Realty, Sunset. Lori King from Ramsey Shilling, Toluca Lake, represented Mixmaster Mike.

In-house frocks and garage rock

Here is a new use for an old house, albeit a fine old house, a classic John Woolf abode built in 1926. The home, in the Sunset Strip area, was purchased by a musician and a New York socialite for close to $3 million.

The socialite, Stacey Bendet, is also designer-owner of the women's clothing boutique Alice & Olivia, with stores in Manhattan and L.A.

Bendet, in her late 20s, plans to use the house as a style salon for celebrities -- a place to show her new lines, have fittings and host parties.

Moby, the musician, expects to turn the garage/guesthouse into a recording studio with 14-foot ceilings.

He is a business associate of Bendet's. She became engaged on Valentine's Day to Eric Eisner, son of former Disney honcho Michael Eisner. The wedding is set for next summer in Aspen, Colo. Bendet, based in New York, says she is moving to L.A. "in phases."

The house has three bedrooms and 3 1/2 bathrooms in about 3,000 square feet. It has formal living and dining rooms with wood-paneled ceilings, Palladian columns, parquet floors, a media room/den with built-in bookcases, an eat-in kitchen, city views, a gated motorcourt, pool, pergola, two-car garage and adjacent guesthouse.

Brent Watson of Coldwell Banker Previews in Beverly Hills had the listing; Branden Williams and Rayni Romito of Nourmand & Associates, Beverly Hills, represented the buyers.

She hopes her loft's a great catch

Alicia Piazza, wife of former longtime Dodgers catcher Mike Piazza, has listed a loft she owns in downtown Long Beach at $689,000.

The 1995 Playboy Playmate, who says she is "just a girl from Long Beach," put the loft -- which she owned before her marriage to Piazza -- on the market while she is settling into a new Miami Beach-area home she and her husband bought earlier this year for $10 million.

The loft, in the Walker Building in Long Beach, has 1,228 square feet of living space, a private master sleeping area, 14-foot ceilings, one-car subterranean parking and western exposure with sunset views over the Palos Verdes Peninsula and the Vincent Thomas Bridge.

The building was constructed in 1929 and was redeveloped as residential units in 2002.

Dominic Tucci has the listing at Doma Properties, Long Beach.

ruth.ryon@latimes.com

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