John Schneider, whose career has spanned "The Dukes of Hazzard" in the '80s, "Dr. Quinn, Medicine Woman" in the '90s and the still-running "Smallville," has listed his Agoura Hills home for sale at $2,199,000.
The actor raised his three children on the 3-acre spread, which has a creek that leads to the area where "Dukes" (1979-85) and "Dr. Quinn" (1993-98) were shot.
Schneider described the English-style ivy-covered house of nearly 7,000 square feet as having "an East Coast kind of flair."
"We have fall at the house," he said. "You have to rake leaves.
"I'm defaulting toward an easier life," he said, referring to the upkeep of the large house. "I'd rather deal with a fairway in my backyard than a creek."
The family home, the site of annual Christmas parties and a tour benefit for hospice care, has a large dining room with a fireplace and a game room. The gated and fenced property includes detached offices, a guesthouse, an outdoor entertainment center with kitchen and fireplace, an infinity pool, a fenced pasture for horses and three- and two-car garages.
Besides adding the pool and pool house to the property, Schneider also soundproofed a recording booth in the office and set up a studio for editing. "I did my Home Depot voiceovers from there," he said.
But his favorite parts of the house are the grand entry, the poured stone and concrete fireplace and the handmade bar next to it.
"The first thing I did when we got the house was put up the largest mirror you can buy," he said of the piece over the mantel. "That's where everyone would congregate around the piano."
Schneider, 50, commutes to Vancouver, Canada, for episodes of "Smallville," which is in its final season after first airing in 2001. He is in preproduction on a film to be shot in Louisiana in the fall and recently sold a sitcom to Nick at Nite.
Public records show he purchased the house in 1999 for $1.25 million.
George Hutchison and Jeannette Hutchison and Tamara Campbell of Coldwell Banker Westlake Village are the listing agents.
$23 million? He sure knew best
Talent manager turned home remodeler Sandy Gallin has parted ways with his latest residential project in Bel-Air for $23 million.
The late-'30s Paul Williams-designed home belonged to "Father Knows Best" actress Jane Wyatt until her death. Gallin bought the house in 2007 for $7 million and remodeled and expanded it into a seven-bedroom, 12-bathroom home that blends Williams' traditional style with the contemporary architecture of Scott Mitchell. Among the signature Williams design elements is a two-story circular entryway with a sweeping staircase.
Gallin replaced Wyatt's terraced gardens with a flat yard and built three sets of retaining walls, one of which runs along the infinity pool.
The 12,000-square-foot mansion was originally listed at $32 million.
Kurt Rappaport, Westside Estate Agency, Beverly Hills, was the listing agent. Michael Libow of Coldwell Banker, Beverly Hills South, represented the buyer.
A new mark for Marx estate
The Beverly Hills home where former owner Groucho Marx left his marks — initials carved into concrete on the driveway and near the pool — has sold for $5.8 million, the Multiple Listing Service shows.
The 1927 Spanish-style estate had been maintained by the same family for the last half-century. The two-story residence has about 6,000 square feet of living space on more than an acre of grounds with a swimming pool and mature trees, including some fruit trees that Marx planted. The house, which had come on the market in June at $6,995,000, has eight bedrooms and 6 1/2 bathrooms.
Marx made more than a dozen movies as part of the Marx Brothers. He died in 1977 at age 86.
Sally Forster Jones and Daniel M. Weiser of Coldwell Banker's Beverly Hills East office were the listing agents and represented the buyer.
Take a shot at a party pad
A Hollywood Hills party palace owned by English glamour photographer Richard Franklin is listed at $7.5 million.
The renovated 1990 house has been rented long- and short-term to a string of entertainment figures including actor Fabio, hip-hop label Def Jam cofounder Russell Simmons and rapper Sean Combs.
Designed as a bachelor pad and photo studio, the 6,500-square-foot home features a two-story disco, a theater with a floor-to-ceiling movie screen, a casino, a gym and an eagle's nest deck at the top of the house. The seven-level house was built in 1990 and updated over the years. Outdoor amenities at the four-bedroom, 5 1/2-bathroom house include a grotto with a hot tub, a pool and a canopied deck.
Patrick Norman of Rodeo Realty's Beverly Hills office is the listing agent.
The return of Fairhaven
A La Cañada Flintridge house once owned by Academy Award-winning actor Victor McLaglen has come on the market at $4.95 million.
McLaglen and his family named the home Fairhaven and lived there from 1929 to '44. The 1.9-acre compound includes the two-story main house with basement, a two-bedroom guesthouse and a pool house for a total of 7,642 square feet of living space.
McLaglen, who died in 1959 at 72, won his Oscar for "The Informer" (1935). He starred with John Wayne in "The Quiet Man" (1952), for which he received an Oscar nomination.
The property last changed hands in 1986 for $875,000, according to public records.
Janice McGlashan of Coldwell Banker, La Cañada Flintridge, is the listing agent.