Broadcast syndication company head Byron Allen seems to be doing his part to help the Westside real estate market. The stand-up comic and TV show host bought an estate in Beverly Hills for $17 million and is now listing a place in the Hollywood Hills West area for $8.995 million.
The house Allen is selling is a Richard Landry-designed contemporary, built in 1962, in the celebrity-populated Bird Streets area. With 3,540 square feet of living space, four bedrooms and 41/2 bathrooms, the house features high ceilings and expansive city views. The third of an acre property includes a motor court, swimming pool and a spa. Public records show he bought the house in late 2003 for $3.2 million.
Allen, 51, produces and distributes shows through his Entertainment Studios. He is executive producer for "Comics Unleased" (2006-present) and the pilot of "The First Family," a comedy-drama about a black family in the White House.
Jeffrey Hyland and Barbara Tenenbaum of Hilton & Hyland were the listing agents on the Beverly Hills manse, and Terence Hill represented the buyer, according to the Multiple Listing Service. Barbara Robinson and Nichelle Robinson have the listing on the Hollywood Hills West property.
Linkletter estate changes hands
It's the darndest thing. The Art Linkletter estate in Bel-Air has sold above asking price for $10.6 million.
Built in 1957, the 5,000-square-foot Midcentury Modern house includes two atriums, sculptural metal screens, pocket doors, two stone fireplaces and walls of glass. Carports and a motor court can accommodate about 20 cars. There are five bedrooms and five bathrooms. The 4.6-acre city-view site contains a solar-heated swimming pool, a sports court and a lawn dotted with flagstone pathways.
Linkletter, who died two years ago at 97, hosted the long-running radio and television shows "People Are Funny" starting in the 1940s and "House Party," which was renamed "The Art Linkletter Show." His interviews with children, which aired from 1952 to 1970, led to his 1957 bestseller, "Kids Say the Darndest Things," and several sequels. His wife, Lois, died in October at 95. They were married for 75 years.
The property came on the market at $10.25 million in March for the first time in 40 years.
Joyce Rey and Debra Lynn Smalley of Coldwell Banker's Beverly Hills South office were the listing agents. Rayni Romito and Branden Williams of Hilton & Hyland represented the buyer.