Singer tunes in

to Valley Village



Singer Ralph Saenz, also known as Michael Starr of the heavy-metal comedy act Metal Skool, and his wife, model-actress Jocelyn Saenz, have purchased a newly built Valley Village home for $1.4 million.

The Mediterranean-style house has five bedrooms and 4 1/2 bathrooms in 3,600 square feet. There is a two-story living room with a balcony, a wood-burning fireplace and hardwood floors.

Ralph Saenz, formerly with L.A. Guns, appears weekly as Starr at the Key Club on the Sunset Strip. The 31-year-old tours under his name as lead singer for the Atomic Punks, a Van Halen tribute band. Since his first feature-film appearance in "Rock Star," he has been on the road with both bands and expects to start production on another, as yet untitled, film later this year.

Jocelyn Saenz's credits include a music video and a Dunkin Donuts commercial.

Dorene Martin of Coldwell Banker, Studio City, represented the couple in their purchase. Avi Barazani of the same office had the listing.

$6.8 million for 3 acres and rubble

Three landscaped acres and the charred remnants of a Pasadena mansion have been sold for close to their $6.8-million asking price. The seller, Michael Hammer, grandson of the late industrialist Armand Hammer, was renovating the house in October when it was gutted by fire.

Many people mistakenly believed that the mansion was used in the '60s "Batman" TV series to portray Wayne Manor, Batman's residence. It nevertheless had a life in Hollywood, having been used in the movies "Topper" and "Rocky V" as well as the TV series "Murder, She Wrote."

The 12,000-square-foot house, a few doors away from the home used in the "Batman" series, also appears on the cover of "Paul R. Williams, Architect: A Legacy of Style," written by Karen Hudson as a tribute to her grandfather. Williams, who designed the house in 1929, was the first African American member of the American Institute of Architects.

The buyer was described as an owner-builder.

Joe Babajian and Drew Fenton had the listing at Prudential John Aaroe, Beverly Hills.