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Beatles drummer Ringo Starr and his wife, onetime Bond girl Barbara Bach, have put their Snowmass, Colo., horse ranch on the market at $3.85 million.

The couple, who own a house in Beverly Hills, also put their 200-acre Rydinghurst Estate near Cranleigh, in Surrey, England, up for sale earlier this fall for an undisclosed price estimated at 15 million to 20 million pounds — about $23.5 million to $31 million.

Starr told the Daily Mail that they plan to make their home in the Los Angeles area.

Their recently listed 15-acre Colorado property, appropriately called the Shoot N'Starr Ranch, sits along the Roaring Fork River.

The nearly 3,200-square-foot open-plan main house has three bedrooms, two full bathrooms and a half-bath. Exposed log and beam ceilings, picture windows and a rustic fireplace are among interior features.

Patio and yard space take in views of the surrounding hillsides. There is a detached caretaker's unit.

The property last sold in 1991 for $1.164 million. It was marketed last year at the current listing price and taken off the market in late June.

Starr, whose real name is Richard Starkey Jr., wrote and sang lead vocals on such Beatles songs as "Don't Pass Me By" and "Octopus's Garden." The 74-year-old joined the band in 1962, replacing drummer Pete Best. As part of the Fab Four he starred in several movies. He memorably sang "With a Little Help From My Friends" on the "Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band" album.

After the group disbanded in 1970 he continued his music career with hits including "It Don't Come Easy" and "You're Sixteen."

Actress-model Bach, 67, starred with Roger Moore in "The Spy Who Loved Me" (1977).

Joshua & Co., an affiliate of Christie's International Real Estate, has the listing.

Music studio for Dr. Dre

Dr. Dre dropped $40 million on the nearly 20,000-square-foot Brentwood estate of supermodel and actress Gisele Bundchen and her husband, New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady, earlier this year and then started an expansion project.

What more could the rapper need at the Richard Landry-designed country French chateau complete with winding driveway, cobblestone motor court and a moat-like water feature? Turns out it's a 10,000-square-foot music studio under the house.

The limestone-clad home features reclaimed ceiling beams, salvaged tile and antique doors. It has a den, a library/study, a gym, a sauna, seven fireplaces, five bedrooms, nine bathrooms, loggias, covered terraces, balconies and garage space.

The grounds include expanses of lawn, gardens, waterfalls, ponds and an infinity pool.

The rapper closed on the compound days after Apple Inc. officially announced that it had acquired Beats, the company Dre co-founded with Interscope Geffen A&M Chairman Jimmy Iovine, for $3 billion.

Dr. Dre, 49, is also the founder and chief executive of Aftermath Entertainment. The Grammy winner and record producer has worked with Snoop Dogg, Eminem and 50 Cent, among others.

The property had once been listed at $50 million.

Price chopped at Bob Hope desert den

The Bob and Dolores Hope estate in Palm Springs, designed by renowned modern architect John Lautner, is now priced at $24.999 million — half of the $50 million asked last year.

Overlooking the Coachella Valley, the dramatic concrete, steel and glass house was built for the Hopes in 1979 and sits on 6.2 acres. The home, the largest private residence designed by Lautner, is topped with a curving copper roof intended to evoke the shape of the nearby mountains.

Walls of glass allow unobstructed city, mountain and valley views.

Murals on the main floor and the pool area are by Malibu Getty muralist Garth Benton. The 23,366 square feet of living space include fireplaces in the living room and master bedroom, 10 bedrooms, and 13 full and partial bathrooms.

A swimming pool, a pond, a waterfall, a tennis court, lawn and a patio with an outdoor fireplace are among exterior amenities.

Bob Hope, who died in 2003 at 100, appeared in scores of films including the famous "Road" series with Bing Crosby. His career spanned vaudeville, Broadway, radio, television and film. He is also remembered for his live shows to U.S. troops overseas. Dolores Hope died in 2011 at 102.

Patrick Stewart of Windermere Real Estate is the listing agent.

The Hopes' nearly 4-acre compound in Toluca Lake, initially priced at $27.5 million, was taken off the market this fall. It was listed most recently at $21.8 million.

House has star-studded past

The Lloyd Wright-designed Samuel-Novarro House in Hollywood Hills has sold for $3.8 million.

The Los Angeles landmark has had several celebrity owners over the years. The dramatic Art Deco-style house is named for "Ben Hur" star Ramon Novarro, who had it built in 1928 for his personal secretary, Louis Samuel.

Samuel originally occupied the house. Before Novarro moved in, he rehired Wright to expand the interior space. A pergola, a music room and a bedroom suite were added.

The four-level house was rented in the 1940s by Leonard Bernstein and Jerome Robbins, among others, as they worked on the musical "On the Town." More recent owners have included actress Diane Keaton, who restored the home and then sold it to Christina Ricci.

Set on a third of an acre of hillside, the house's details evoke the Mayan style favored by the architect and his father, architect Frank Lloyd Wright. Oxidized copper accents give the home's exterior its distinctive appearance.

Some 2,700 square feet of living space include four bedrooms and four bathrooms. There are concrete floors, large windows and a living room fireplace.

The grounds include a swimming pool, terraces and gardens.

The property last sold in 2006 for $2,827,500, public records show.

Aaron Kirman of John Aaroe Group and Bryan So of Kyung Seob Realty were the listing agents. Juliette Hohnen of Hilton & Hyland represented the buyer.

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