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Hot Property: Nicole Kidman takes Beverly Hills
GOODTHINGS also come in threes: Nicole Kidman has a beautiful new baby girl, a cool new place she bought in Beverly Hills, and a starring role in the big-screen version of Broadway's smash hit "Nine."
Could life be sweeter?
Kidman, who became a mom again July 7, reportedly already has taken occupancy of her contemporary-style house in Beverly Hills with her spouse, country music star Keith Urban. They closed escrow in mid-June on a property owned by music producer Ron Fair that was listed for sale at $4,795,000 and that sold for close to that amount, real estate sources said.
The house, in a gated community that is also home to other celebrities, has five bedrooms and 4 1/4 bathrooms in about 4,100 square feet. It was built in 1965 and sits on a 1 1/4 -acre lot. The house is sunny and bright with a lot of glass and views of the canyons. A grassy play area and sideyard await when the baby, named Sunday Rose, is ready to use it.
The elegant Kidman has two other children from her previous marriage, to actor Tom Cruise.
Rarely without a major movie project, the actress is set to start work this fall on the movie "Nine," which also is expected to feature Daniel Day-Lewis, Penélope Cruz, Sophia Loren and Judi Dench.
Kidman won a best actress Oscar for her work in the 2002 movie "The Hours."
Seller Fair wrote the soundtrack for the movie "Bratz" (2007), and wrote and produced the music for "Step Up" and "Poseidon," both of which were released in 2006. He was the executive soundtrack producer for "Legally Blonde" (2001) and "White Men Can't Jump" (1992). He is also credited with mentoring young stars, including Christina Aguilera, Vanessa Carlton and the Black Eyed Peas.
Fair is currently working with the Pussycat Dolls, a pop group whose 2005 debut album, "PCD," sold 7 million copies worldwide. He has been chairman of Geffen Records since 2006.
Billy Rose and Blair Chang of Prudential California Realty, Beverly Hills, had the listing, according to the Multiple Listing Service.
Milwaukee's man plans a Malibu exit
When some men have a middle-age crisis, they buy a sports car or get an earlobe pierced.
In the case of Mark Attanasio, it's been suggested he bought a professional baseball team. Now we don't really know that for sure, despite his wife's speculations in USA Today on why her husband would be possessed to commit such an act of madness.
Now, Attanasio, who is an investment banker by day and principal owner of the Milwaukee Brewers -- a team still yearning for its first World Series crown -- has listed his Malibu beachfront house at $22 million. The adjacent lot, now home to a nifty sports court, is also available for $14 million. Combo: $36 million, or buy separately; your choice.
The Broad Beach house, which would not be out of place in the Hamptons, has six bedrooms and four bathrooms. Tax records give it 3,025 square feet, but spacious decks and the Pacific Ocean at the door make it feel larger.
Weathered shakes adorn the exterior, and flagstone paths wrap through a rose garden. The planked walkways lead to rolling sand dunes covered in sea grass. Shelter Island or Malibu?
The kitchen is the usual fabulous that you'd expect if you were plopping down $22 million. Lots of nice detail features inside too, including a floor-to-ceiling river-rock fireplace and crown moldings. The beach, of course, is the showstopper.
In 2005, Attanasio bought the Brewers from the family of Major League Baseball Commissioner Bud Selig for $180 million. He is a senior partner in the money management firm Trust Co. of the West. His brother is scriptwriter Paul Attanasio.
What's love got to do with it? Quite a lot
I love when people take care of their parents. And I suspect that actress Angela Bassett is joining me in high-fiving George and Laura Carroll, neighbors who bought her Hancock Park house -- finally -- with the intention of moving George's parents up from San Diego to live in it. The Carrolls' house backs up to this property, and they plan to install a gate so no one needs to walk around the block.
The story gets even nicer: The Carrolls had already bought the house next to them for Laura's mom and dad, Joe and Alice Petrucci. (Heck, I'm loving these folks so much, I want them to come to dinner. George? Laura? How's next week look? Bring the whole mishpooka, and we'll send the tab to Angela.)
The former Bassett house has five bedrooms and 7 1/2 bathrooms in 4,828 square feet. It is a French colonial, built in 1940, and has a new 1,384-square-foot, two-story guesthouse with two bedrooms and two bathrooms. The property includes a full gym and a hair salon.
The house sold for $3.8 million, according to the MLS. It was listed in March at $4,999,000, then dropped to $3.9 million.
Bassett, 49, mom to twins, was nominated for an Oscar for her portrayal of Tina Turner in "What's Love Got to Do With It" (1993). She also starred in "Akeelah and the Bee" (2006). Her husband, Courtney B. Vance, is best known for his run on the NBC series "Law & Order: Criminal Intent" (2001-06).
Shar Penfold of Coldwell Banker Hancock Park South represented the Carrolls in the purchase. June Ahn of the same office had the listing.
For Beckham's boss, a change of galaxy
Who tells David Beckham what to do (besides a certain Spice Girl)? Galaxy Coach Ruud Gullit, that's who. Now, Gullit hopes to display a move of his own. He's listed his Hollywood Hills West house for sale at $4.25 million.
The traditional-style house, built in 1937, is on a private knoll. It has a step-down living room with a wood-burning fireplace (remember those?). The living room opens to an outdoor pool and spa area surrounded by cascading gardens. Quite a romantic place. The house was recently remodeled and now has a state-of-the-art kitchen, a master bedroom suite with a steam shower, sunken bathtub and balcony overlooking the city. There are four bedrooms and five bathrooms in the 3,200 square feet.
Gullit, 45, was named last year to the Galaxy post. A Dutchman, he was European footballer of the year in 1987. He was a member of the Netherlands' national team in the 1990 World Cup; in 1996, London's Chelsea Football Club named him the team's player of the year.
Rebekah Schwartz of Hilton & Hyland, Beverly Hills, is the listing agent.
Seeking No. 1 pick for Beverly Hills condo
When it comes to sports agents, there is David Falk and then there are the rest of them. Falk has likely represented more No. 1 picks than anyone else, and he will always be known as the guy behind NBA giant Michael Jordan. It was Falk who got Jordan all those Nike deals.
Falk, 58, has listed a Beverly Hills condo he owns at $2,245,000. It has three bedrooms and three bathrooms in 2,350 square feet. Located north of Wilshire Boulevard and with that famous 90210 ZIP Code, the unit has maple hardwood floors, a large open kitchen with granite countertops, a stone fireplace, travertine bathrooms and room to park three cars. There is a rooftop lounge with views of the Hollywood Hills.
Falk was listed among the 100 Most Powerful People in Sports by the Sporting News every year from 1990 to 2001. He is credited with revolutionizing the process of representing basketball players by making them commercial superstars. He repped longtime Clipper Elton Brand in his recent signing with the Philadelphia 76ers.
Michael Sean Bates of Re/Max in Beverly Hills has the listing.