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So, no luxury broom closet?

October 25, 2008|ANN BRENOFF

There are certain roles in Hollywood that, once cast, simply stick like glue.

Sean Connery will always be James Bond. Anthony Hopkins will always be Hannibal Lecter. And Melissa Joan Hart will always be Sabrina the Teenage Witch, no matter how many decades pass.

Hart, 32, has listed her Sherman Oaks residence for sale at $3.25 million. The south-of-Ventura-Boulevard home is a one-story custom Spanish style with recessed lighting, extensive crown molding and woodworking throughout. It has five bedrooms and five bathrooms in 4,911 square feet.

The master suite has built-in shelving, a fireplace and a dual-sink vanity. The suite opens to a deck with a view of the yard.

In what must be some sort of record, Hart has played the same character -- Sabrina -- in episodes of five TV series: "Sabrina, the Teenage Witch" (in 163 episodes from 1996 to 2003), "Clueless" (1997), "Boy Meets World" (1997), "You Wish" (1997) and "Teen Angel" (1997). She also appeared in "Sabrina, Down Under" (1999), "Sabrina Goes to Rome" (1998) and was the voice of Aunt Hilda in 65 episodes of "Sabrina: The Animated Series" (1999-2000).

And just to round things out, she sang on "Sabrina, the Teenage Witch: The Album" in 1998.

Kirk Hoffman of ReMax OTB Estates and Matt Epstein of ReMax On the Boulevard co-listed the property.

Horror-meisters part with their haunts

In the spirit of Halloween next week, why stop at teenage witches when there are other masters of macabre buying and selling?

Horror film producer Oren Koules -- the man who brought the world the "Saw" movie franchise and caused many a frightfully sleepless night -- has listed his Beverly Hills home at $12.5 million.

The 8,000-square-foot house, described in the Multiple Listing Service as a "Lautner-esque Modern estate," has four bedrooms, five bathrooms and three fireplaces. It features a state-of-the-art Crestron control system for the 14-seat, tiered screening room and the home's other automated features.

The one-story house, in Trousdale Estates, has an infinity pool and spa and views to the ocean. The master suite has a Poliform (think IKEA but high-end) closet, and the kitchen, also a Poliform, opens to the family room. There is an outdoor cooking and dining area.

The "Saw" horror films have been global blockbusters, despite their low budgets. Koules, 47, also is the ex-executive producer of TV's "Two and a Half Men" (2003-08). He owns the Tampa Bay Lightning ice hockey team, a frightening proposition at times.

Billy Rose and H. Blair Chang, both of Prudential California Realty, Beverly Hills, have the listing, according to the MLS.

Joss Whedon, creator of "Buffy the Vampire Slayer," has listed his 4,064-square-foot English Country home in Brentwood for $3,695,000. Although no black cats are included, there is a media room, a music room, two offices and a wall of accordion doors that open the kitchen-family room to the outdoors. The house has four bedrooms, five bathrooms and perhaps a ghost in the attic who serves as Whedon's muse.

In addition to Buffy and its spinoff "Angel" (about a private-eye vampire), Whedon created "Firefly" in 2002, which aired on Fox. Whedon also has a line of comic books based on Buffyville.

The 44-year-old Academy Award nominee started his Hollywood career as a writer for "Roseanne," a show that in its day set the benchmark for Halloween episodes.

Dolly Niemann of Prudential California Realty, Brentwood, has the listing.

Another "Buffy" veteran, staff writer David Greenwalt, recently sold his house in the Pacific Palisades for $2,958,000, according to the MLS.

The five-bedroom, six-bathroom house has 5,259 square feet with an outdoor fireplace, deck and pool set against a backdrop of mountain and canyon views.

Greenwalt, 59, was the head writer on "Angel" and co-creator of the short-lived cult Fox show "Profit." He was also the executive producer of the vampire-themed detective show "Moonlight" and the NBC show "Kidnapped."

Jeannie Lawford of Prudential California Realty had the listing. David Kelmenson and Robert Radcliffe, both of Sotheby's International Realty in Pacific Palisades, represented the buyer, who, as best we can determine, has no vampire affiliations.

A revealing look at Benton's home

Barbi Benton -- Hugh Hefner's former live-in girlfriend -- and her husband (a real estate developer) have listed their Bel-Air home at $17.5 million.

Benton and hubbo George Gradow live in Aspen, Colo., in a home designed by architect Bart Prince.

They bought the Bel-Air home in June 2003 and have primarily rented it to celebrities, including Prince, Mariah Carey and Michael Caine.

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