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Is the Westside calling?

May 04, 2008|Ann Brenoff | Times Staff Writer

Not unlike Saul Steinberg's famous 1976 New Yorker magazine cover illustration called "View of the World From 9th Avenue," there are those who see the Westside of Los Angeles as the center of the universe -- and every place else is, well, elsewhere.

Now, we're not saying that Tom Arnold is one of those people. But the comedic actor has put his Tarzana home of less than two years on the market for $2,275,000. Why? He says the 4,250-square-foot house is just "too much house for one man." Shall we take wagers on whether he winds up back on the Westside?

His Tarzana place is in the exclusive area south of Ventura Boulevard, and it has five bedrooms and four bathrooms. Mediterranean in style, the house has hardwood floors and a granite-countered cook's kitchen. The master bedroom's features include cathedral ceilings and a fireplace. The half-acre property is gated and private. There's also a large swimming pool and an outdoor patio area for entertaining.

Arnold moved from his Beverly Hills-area home in late 2006. He paid $1.95 million for the Tarzana house.

And the house indeed may be too big for him, especially since he says he's hardly home.

His film "Gardens of the Night," with John Malkovich, hits theaters in September, followed by "The Year of Getting to Know Us" with Sharon Stone, Jimmy Fallon and Lucy Liu in October.

Arnold, 49, and Roseanne Barr divorced in 1994. His second marriage, to makeup artist Julie Champnella, also ended in divorce. Ex-wife No. 3, Shelby Roos Arnold of WEA Realty, Beverly Hills, is the listing agent.

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Laurel Canyon just got hotter

Hottie up-and-coming movie actor Channing Tatum of "Step Up" and "Stop-Loss" fame recently bought a Laurel Canyon property described on the Multiple Listing Service as a "Balinese treehouse in paradise." He paid $2,595,000 for the three-bedroom, three-bathroom home that was listed at $3.4 million, according to public records.

The 2,538-square-foot main house has an open floor plan and a bonus floor below that would work nicely as a gym or screening room.

A curving teak staircase leads to the second-floor master suite, which has floor-to-ceiling windows and wraparound terraces overlooking the mountains and canyons. The 12-foot pitched wood-and-beam ceilings in the suite add to the treehouse feel. There is a separate guesthouse.

Tatum, a model turned hip-hop dancer turned actor, gained a fan base from his stint on "So You Think You Can Dance."

The 27-year-old green-eyed heartthrob has been romantically linked to Jenna Dewan, whom he met on the set of the 2006 movie "Step Up." She played Nora. In Hollywood years, this makes them an item as old as Fred Astaire and Ginger Rogers.

Elisabeth Halsted of Prudential California Realty was the listing agent. Moe Abourched of MSM Luxury Estates, Encino, represented the buyer.

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Brave new world for Huxley estate

This is one of those "if walls could speak" places. Aldous and Laura Huxley's presence is felt throughout this historic estate on Mulholland Drive that just came on the market at $1.95 million.

Built in the 1930s, it very much remains a period house. The 4,000-square-foot four-bedroom, three-bathroom Spanish Mission-style home is situated on 30,000 square feet of gardens and meditation paths -- all perched under the Hollywood sign, which is visible from the home's northern windows.

Aldous Huxley showed us his "Brave New World" -- a futuristic society based on pleasure without moral repercussions -- and in doing so challenged the thinking of a generation. Although that novel wasn't written in this house, "Island" -- his final one -- was finished here. The Huxleys had been living two streets away on Deronda Drive in a house that burned in 1961. They escaped with just two possessions: his "Island" manuscript and her violin.

Aldous Huxley lived in this house just two years before his death in 1963, the day of President Kennedy's assassination. It was his wife's home until her death in December at age 96.

Laura Huxley was a distinguished writer in her own right and frequently entertained in this house, which became a salon for intellectuals and free thinkers. Among the long list of guests at this social hive were Ben Kingsley, Allen Ginsberg, Timothy Leary, Buckminster Fuller and Ram Dass, according to Stacy Valis, the estate's administrator and a longtime family friend.

The house has a two-story living room with arched windows and a minstrel's balcony. In the center is a slump-stone brick fireplace. The room has a hand-carved and vaulted ceiling, and peg-and-groove wood flooring. The outside dining loggia is framed with massive plaster archways and includes a brick fireplace.

The kitchen has original tile and period hardware.

Timothy Enright of the Enright Co. has the listing.

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