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House of toys hits the market

October 18, 2008|Ann Brenoff

ACTOR Mark Wahlberg -- a.k.a. Marky Mark (the guy whose trademark was stripping down to his whitey-whites during concerts) -- has listed his house in Beverly Hills at $15.9 million.

The gated 1.4-acre property has about 15,000 square feet of living space, much of it devoted to grown-up toys.

The Mediterranean-style main house has a 2,500-square-foot gym with a boxing ring -- do you think he maintains that physique just by eating his Wheaties? -- and a full basketball court. There is also a state-of-the-art 35-millimeter home theater befitting an HBO prince like himself; a pool with a grotto (in case Hugh Hefner stops by?), and a waterfall. The property has a putting green as well. All that's missing is a backyard ski slope -- no doubt an oversight.

There are five bedrooms and 10 1/2 bathrooms.

Wahlberg debuted as a rap musician in 1991 and grew into an Academy Award-nominated actor. He had a brief stint as a model, gracing Calvin Klein billboards across America.

He is the executive producer of the HBO series "Entourage," which is based loosely on his Hollywood life, and of "In Treatment." He was nominated for an Academy Award for his supporting actor role in Martin Scorsese's thriller "The Departed" in 2006. He is currently starring in "Max Payne" and "The Happening."

Earlier, he appeared in "Boogie Nights" (1997), "Three Kings" (1999), "The Perfect Storm" (2000) and "I Heart Huckabees" (2004).

Hillel Sanowicz of John Bruce Nelson & Associates in Bel-Air and Greg Moore of ReMax, Sunset Boulevard office, share the listing.

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'Doc' lists one, pulls one back

Actor Christopher Lloyd is just one of those guys you know would be a hoot to meet at a cocktail party. The three-time Emmy-winning Lloyd has tons of movie, TV and stage credits -- typically playing oddball characters. You probably know him as the eccentric Emmett "Doc" Brown in the "Back to the Future" franchise, but to me, he'll always be Taber in "One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest" (1975). (Was Jack Nicholson in that movie too?)

Lloyd has been a fixture on the Montecito scene for many years. He recently took his principal house there off the market while he remodels it and is now trying to sell his pied-a-terre for $3.6 million.

That listing has two bedrooms and two bathrooms in 2,514 square feet and is within walking distance of Montecito's lower village.

The gated house has bamboo floors and a raised bamboo pergola overlooking the pool and spa. There is also a waterfall that cascades into the pool.The home has three fireplaces and a study with built-in shelving off the living room. There are high ceilings throughout.

The property that was taken off the market, originally listed in the spring of 2007 at $11.3 million, is as unusual as Lloyd's characters.

The 5,500-square-foot main house has one bedroom, and there is a separate guesthouse. The house sits on 8.5 acres and was built in 1972 from adobe bricks made on-site.

The living room and bedroom share an outdoor area with a large patio and stone-lined reflecting pool.

Lloyd is said to personally care for many of the rare and exotic plants on the grounds.

The actor, who turns 70 on Wednesday, was known early in his career for playing the Rev. Jim on "Taxi." He has appeared in more than 200 stage plays, including several on Broadway.

Lisa Loiacono of Sotheby's International Realty, Montecito, represents Lloyd.

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He's giving up Malibu close-up

Everyone knows that Hollywood is filled with hornets' nests. And I fear I'm about to step into one. It seems that some people get downright prickly about who gets called a director of photography and who gets called a cinematographer. I'll leave it to them to duke it out and just tell you that one of those guys with a camera has listed his house along Las Flores Beach in Malibu for $7,995,000.

Newton T. "Tom" Sigel, who worked on "The Usual Suspects" (1995), "Three Kings" (1999), "Superman Returns" (2006) and dozens of other movies and TV shows, is selling a four-bedroom, four-bathroom modern home with glass walls overlooking the shoreline.

It is also available for lease at $30,000 a month, furnished.

The house has 3,364 square feet and sleek lines. The kitchen has a concrete half-wall that serves as a bar and eating counter. It opens into the dining room.

The outdoor deck overlooking the ocean is also wide enough for dining.

Chris Cortazzo of Coldwell Banker-Malibu West is the listing agent.

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'Boot' director sets sights on sale

Wolfgang Petersen, the director of the classic antiwar movie "Das Boot," -- the 1981 German film about a World War II U-boat and its crew -- has listed his Santa Monica house for sale at $3.95 million.

The two-story Mediterranean home north of Montana Avenue has a gourmet kitchen with an oversized granite-topped center island, a Viking range and a wine refrigerator. The recently completed home has a dramatic entrance, dark walnut flooring, a circular staircase and a family room with a fireplace that opens to the garden.

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