Virginia Is Heaven to ‘Angel’ Jackson


Actress KATE JACKSON, who co-starred in the “Scarecrow and Mrs. King” on CBS and “Charlie’s Angels” on ABC, has put her Benedict Canyon house on the market and moved to Virginia.

She moved to a farm in Keswick, just outside Charlottesville, sources say. She was born in Birmingham, Ala.

Jackson’s first TV series, on ABC, ended in 1981; her second, on CBS, in 1987.

She appeared with Barbara Carrera, Kirstie Alley and Carrie Fisher in the movie “Loverboy,” starring Patrick Dempsey, last spring. Then, last Sept. 6, she announced that she was “recovering nicely” from a modified mastectomy that she underwent two weeks earlier.


By March of this year, she was working again, this time in Minneapolis, shooting the CBS-TV mystery/thriller “The Stranger Within,” co-starring Rick Schroder and Chris Sarandon.

Jackson’s Benedict Canyon home is on a hillside, reached by three flights of stairs or by a funicular.

It has four bedrooms, six baths and a den/studio or guest suite in slightly more than 5,000 square feet, which Jackson is believed to have remodeled. Built in 1976, the two-story, Country English home also has a lighted tennis court, swimming pool and spa.

Jackson has owned the 1.5-acre property since 1983, when she bought it for $485,000. It’s listed at $2,375,000. No information was available from the listing brokerage firm.


CHRISTOPHER B. HEMMETER, developer of such Hawaiian resorts as the 580-acre Westin Kauai at Kauai Lagoons and the 3,100-acre Hyatt Regency Waikoloa on the Big Island, and his wife, Patricia, are moving from Honolulu to Los Angeles, where they plan to build a mega-mansion for themselves on two acres they just bought in Bel-Air.

They purchased the property, on the golf course of the Bel-Air Country Club, in two transactions for a total of nearly $16 million, industry sources say.

One of the deals was for a new, 13,000-square-foot house on an acre, built by developer Brian Adler. It had been listed at $11.4 million.

The other deal was for a one-story, 6,000- to 7,000-square-foot home, built in the late 1950s or early 1960s and described as “a modern Hawaiian tear-down.” It was for sale at $5.25 million.


The Hemmeters plan to use designer Steve Chase to combine the properties into a single estate with 300 feet of golf course frontage. The estate is expected to have waterfalls and koi ponds, with a guest house and tennis court on the lot with the tear-down.

“But they are still in the process of planning,” a spokeswoman for the Hemmeters said last week. “Between moving their family and their business here from Honolulu, they’re up to their eyes in boxes. . . . Their house plans should be finalized in the next few months.”

This will be the Hemmeters’ first residence in California. They have several in Hawaii, including one that is for sale at about $38 million and another that he built and is said to be worth nearly $70 million.

Hemmeter’s son, Chris Jr., and his wife, Kimberly, just bought a new house on 1.4 acres in Brentwood for nearly its $2,975,000 asking price.


Barbara Duskin of Douglas Properties represented the family in their Bel-Air and Brentwood purchases; Bruce Nelson of John Bruce Nelson & Associates had the listing on the tear-down.

The Beverly Hills house where JOSE MENENDEZ and his wife, KITTY, were murdered last August has been listed at $5.95 million.

The couple bought the house in October, 1988, for about $4 million, sources said.

“It’s a first-rate spec house, and it’s on one of the best streets in the flats of Beverly Hills,” said a Beverly Hills broker who does not have the listing.


June Scott of June Scott & Associates is the listing broker but wouldn’t comment.

During the 1984 Olympics, the two-story, 9,063-square-foot house was leased at $4,000 a day for a month through Alvarez, Hyland & Young.

The Mediterranean-style house was built in 1983 on the site of a 1927 home, which was mostly demolished. It has five bedrooms, an east/west tennis court and a guest house--all behind wrought-iron gates.

The couple’s sons--Lyle, 22, and Erik, 19--are charged with having murdered their parents. Both pleaded not guilty but remain in jail without bail.


Jose and Kitty Menendez also owned a house in Calabasas at the time of their shooting deaths. It is for sale at $3.5 million through Century 21 Real Estate.

White Snake guitarist STEVE VAI, who was on the cover of the April edition of Guitar World magazine as “the best rock guitarist,” has purchased for about $500,000 an equestrian lot in Chatsworth, where he plans to build a home at a cost of more than $2 million, sources say.

Ground already has been broken on his 6,000-square-foot main house, which will have five bedrooms and 7 1/2 baths. The gated home will also have a guest house, swimming pool, spa and a view overlooking the Chatsworth Reservoir.

Vai, who is living in a house in the Hollywood Hills, is hoping to move into his new home with his wife and his baby by the end of the year.


The Chatsworth property is in a 70-lot development known as Summit Ridge, where sales are handled by Russ Corby and Robert Friedman of Fred Sands Realtors, Woodland Hills.

WILLIAM RANDOLPH HEARST started construction, at age 27, on a Sausalito palace that never got built.

Now, 100 years later, a sizable portion of the site is for sale, still undeveloped except for the retaining wall, stone and concrete gatehouse foundations, and ornate iron gates that Hearst built and a small caretaker’s house.

The heavily wooded, 13,000-square-foot property, which is on the waterfront and has a view of the San Francisco skyline across the bay, is listed at $1,925,000 with Jean Pral and Susan Blais of Frank Howard Allen Realtors in Sausalito.


The land is owned by two brothers who once owned the city’s sourdough Parisian Bakeries, according to a spokesman for the realtors.