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Hugh and Kimberley Hefner sell personal residence

The property, next to the Playboy Mansion, sells for $18 million to entrepreneur Daren Metropoulos.

August 08, 2009|LAUREN BEALE

Hugh Hefner and his wife, Kimberley, have sold their personal residence, just a hop away from the Playboy Mansion next door in Holmby Hills, for $18 million. The buyer is Daren Metropoulos, a 25-year-old entrepreneur who will be moving from Beverly Hills.

The son of equity investor C. Dean Metropoulos, he originally intended to purchase the estate for the value of its 2.3 acres but now plans to keep the 7,300-square-foot English Manor-style house. The two-story home, built in 1929, has five bedrooms and seven bathrooms and sits behind gates on a flat site that backs up to the Los Angeles Country Club.

There is a formal living room, a dining room, a library, his-and-her powder rooms and a media room with a film projector and screen that drops from the ceiling. Interior treatments include maple paneling, leaded-glass windows and a hand-carved staircase. The master suite overlooks the gardens and grounds, which include a swimming pool.

Metropoulos, who has worked with his father and older brother Evan from a young age helping reinvigorate such household brands as Chef Boyardee and Bumble Bee tuna, is a fan of muscle cars. The property includes a large motor court and a three-car garage where he can house his collection.

Holmby Hills was conceived as a development of exclusive estates by Broadway department store founder Arthur Letts. The Hefner residence was designed by Arthur R. Kelly for the sister of Arthur Letts Jr., the original owner of the Playboy Mansion. It had been listed since early March at $27,995,000.

The Hefners bought the property in 1996 for an undisclosed sum. It was priced then at $17.25 million.

Hugh Hefner, 83, is the founder of Playboy Enterprises. Kimberley Conrad Hefner, 47, was Playboy's Playmate of the Month in January 1988 and was Playmate of the Year in 1989. They have been separated for a decade.

Joyce Rey and Stacy Gottula of Coldwell Banker Previews International, Beverly Hills, had the listing. Jeffrey Hyland and Rachel Maslan of Hilton & Hyland, Beverly Hills, represented the buyer.


Someone new is living for the city

A Los Feliz home owned by singer-songwriter Stevie Wonder has sold for $2,407,000.

The four-bedroom, three-bathroom house of 4,511 square feet, described as Mission-style on the Multiple Listing Service, was built in 1928. A tiki room on the bottom level of the two-story home leads to a swimming pool with a large yard, gated parking and a one-bedroom guesthouse. There are city light views, and arched windows look out onto the less-than-half-acre of grounds.

The record producer, instrumentalist and winner of 22 Grammy awards performed in January at a concert in Washington, D.C., the weekend before President Obama's inauguration and last month at Michael Jackson's memorial service at Staples Center in Los Angeles.

Wonder, 59, received the Library of Congress Gershwin Prize for Popular Song in February. Among his early Motown hits were "Signed, Sealed, Delivered I'm Yours" (1970), "Superstition" (1972) and "You Are the Sunshine of My Life" (1973). He appeared on "American Idol" in 2006 and this year on "Extreme Makeover: Home Edition."

Public records show Wonder is the owner of about a dozen residential and commercial properties in the Los Angeles area.

The listing agent was Melody A. McCully of Universal Realty, according to the MLS, and the buyer was represented by Dorothy Carter and Michael Orland, both of Keller Williams Realty, Los Feliz.


He's dancing his way back east

Actor Barry Miller's wood, stone and glass retreat in the Hollywood Hills is for sale at $2,125,000.

The 1963 home, which underwent a down-to-the-studs remodel by architect Robert Kerr early this year, has a courtyard entry with a fountain, hand-distressed walnut floors and a dramatic two-story wall of glass in the stairwell overlooking trees and a stream.

The window configurations identify the home as Kerr's design, Miller said. "It's kind of a motif the way his windows are shaped."

There are three bedrooms and 3 1/2 bathrooms. Oversized French doors open to a deck.

The actor purchased the two-story home from "The King of Queens" creator David Litt in March for $1.95 million and had been making the home his own with custom changes to the exterior, kitchen, bathrooms and lighting, among other alterations.

"I sanded off some of the rougher edges," Miller said. He used more earth tones inside and out to blend with the setting of the home, which is surrounded by oak trees and "has browns, olives and green all around it." The pine cladding on the front of the house was replaced with redwood. He also redid the fountain, replacing the royal blue tiles with grays and powder blue in keeping with the color palette.

He has enjoyed the response from neighbors. "I thought the changes were subtle, but people really do notice the difference from the previous house," he said.

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