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Ben Stiller selling 11-bathroom estate

September 12, 2009|LAUREN BEALE

A night at the Stiller compound?

Comic actor Ben Stiller and his actress wife, Christine Taylor, have listed their Hollywood Hills property at $12.5 million.

The site includes two houses and a one-bedroom guesthouse for a total of 10 bedrooms and 11 bathrooms on nearly an acre.

A gated 1929 Spanish-style house of 5,334 square feet has been restored and updated. Outdoor courtyard and living areas, as well as the lushly landscaped pool area, are decorated with terra-cotta tiles and colorful inlays.

A second home -- a three-story contemporary Mediterranean, originally built in 1930 and also redone -- has 4,062 square feet of living space. Several French doors along the back lead to extensive outdoor terrace and deck areas with built-in seating around mature trees.

Film and television actor Stiller, 43, stars in "Night at the Museum: Battle of the Smithsonian" (2009), directed by Shawn Levy, and the Noah Baumbach-directed comedy "Greenberg" due out next year. He starred in, co-wrote, produced and directed the 2008 action-adventure comedy "Tropic Thunder." He also starred in "Meet the Parents" (2000), its sequel, "Meet the Fockers" 2004) and the cult classic "Reality Bites" (1994).

Taylor, 38, whose television guest appearances include "Arrested Development" (2006) and "Friends" (1997), has starred in several films with Stiller, including "Dodgeball: A True Underdog Story" (2004) and "Zoolander" (2001).

The listing agent is Jonah Wilson of Sotheby's International Realty's Sunset office.


Producer buys Ruth Buzzi's home

Veteran actress and comedian Ruth Buzzi sold her longtime Hollywood Hills home for $1,021,000 to film producer Daniel Dubiecki.

The 1937 Spanish-style house, with canyon and mountain views, sits on a cul-de-sac. It has three bedrooms and three bathrooms in 2,893 square feet. There are fireplaces in the living room and master bedroom, high ceilings, balconies and two decks.

The two-story home, which she had owned since 1976, came on the market at the end of December at $1.55 million.

Buzzi, 73, became a fixture on television in the late '60s with appearances on "The Monkees" (1967), "The Steve Allen Comedy Hour" (1967) and "That Girl" (1967-68). She was in every episode of NBC's "Rowan and Martin's Laugh-In" (1967-73), where she honed her comedic role as a park-bench spinster. Among her more recent acting credits are the 2009 film "City of Shoulders and Noses," "Fallen Angels" (2006) and "Passions" (2003). She and husband Kent Perkins maintain a residence in Texas.

Dubiecki, 32, was executive producer of the offbeat comedy "Juno" (2007) and co-produced "Thank You for Smoking" (2005), films he worked on with Jason Reitman as part of their Hard C production company, which has since dissolved.

The listing agent was Aaron Montelongo of Sotheby's International Realty's Sunset office. Shayn Scott and Yawar Charlie of the same office represented the buyer.


Whatever happened to Davis' condo?

The former West Hollywood home of Oscar-winning actress Bette Davis is for sale at $2.45 million.

The 2,242-square-foot condominium is on the fourth floor of the 1930 Colonial House, which was designed by architect Leland A. Bryant and reflects the glamour of the era. The Colonial Revival-style brick building, listed in the National Register of Historic Places, features a library, a swimming pool, gardens, wood-paneled elevators, security and gated parking.

Owner Gordon Thompson III, a design consultant, recently renovated and updated the three-bedroom, 2 1/2 -bathroom unit. The home has city, mountain and treetop views, many original built-ins, hardwood floors and a terrace.

It was actor Roddy McDowall who helped Davis find her place in Colonial House in the late '70s, according to the Roy Moseley biography "Bette Davis." Moseley wrote that Davis found the 12-foot ceilings "dauntingly high" but that the unit "overlooked La Ronda apartment house, where she and her mother first stayed when they arrived from New York with no money, no prospects, and plenty of dreams. Bette enjoyed the irony."

She won Academy Awards for "Dangerous" (1935) and "Jezebel" (1938). Later memorable work included "What Ever Happened to Baby Jane?" (1962) and "Hush . . . Hush, Sweet Charlotte" (1964).

Davis received the American Film Institute's Lifetime Achievement Award in 1977. She died in 1989 at age 81.

The listing agent is Rory Barish of Keller Williams Realty, Beverly Hills.


Ravens defensive end takes a loss

Baltimore Ravens defensive end Trevor Pryce and his wife, Sonya, recently sold their Calabasas home for $2.1 million.

The two-story Colonial, built in 2002, has five bedrooms and six bathrooms in 5,883 square feet.

It sits on slightly more than half an acre off a cul-de-sac in the gated community of the Oaks.

There is a formal entry with a cathedral ceiling, fireplaces in the living and family rooms, an office with built-in shelves, and a four-car garage.

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