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Mark and ‘Mindy’ Sell Canyon Home

TIMES STAFF WRITER

Actor MARK HARMON and his actress wife, PAM DAWBER, have sold their Mandeville Canyon home to “Rain Man” director Barry Levinson and his wife, Diana, for close to its $7.9-million asking price, sources say.

Harmon co-starred with Elizabeth Taylor in an NBC production of “Sweet Bird of Youth” and starred as mass murderer Ted Bundy in the NBC movie “The Deliberate Stranger”; Dawber co-starred in the TV series “Mork and Mindy” and “My Sister Sam.” Levinson directed “Diner,” “Tin Men” and “Good Morning Vietnam,” as well as “Rain Man.”

The Harmons bought the Mandeville Canyon home for $4 million in 1988, two years after they were married.

Now they’re looking for a home in a nearby neighborhood where the houses aren’t as far apart and the streets aren’t as hilly, so their children can play more easily with other children, according to realtors not involved in the transaction.

The secluded Mandeville Canyon house sits on 3 1/2 acres, down a long private drive. “Little of the land is flat,” a real estate source said. It is terraced with rolling lawns, fruit trees and rose gardens. The house has mountain and canyon views.

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After the Harmons purchased the house, built in 1951, they remodeled and expanded it, from three bedrooms and six baths in about 5,400 square feet to five bedrooms and seven baths in about 8,000 square feet. The home also has a swimming pool, pool/guest house, gym and sauna.

“It’s a real man’s house,” a real estate source said. “It reminds me of a hunting lodge with a lot of stone. It even had a socially acceptable moose head on the wall.” The moose head was artificial, he explained.

Levinson has been living in the old part of Bel-Air, near comedian Bob Newhart, in a restored 1920s villa, which is on the market at $6.9 million with Nicki Marcellino and Joe Babajian of Fred Sands Estates. The Harmons’ home was listed with Linda Scott at Prudential Rodeo Realty.

None of the realtors involved was available for comment.

The late actress BARBARA STANWYCK’S Beverly Hills home has been sold for nearly its $1,775,000 asking price within seven days of being listed, according to Erin Caldwell of Alvarez, Hyland & Young.

Caldwell represented Stanwyck’s estate and the buyer, whom she identified as a neighbor.

“The buyer loves the home and plans to keep it as it is,” Caldwell said. “He also bought a lot of the furniture in it.”

The country-style house was damaged in a fire three years ago, but Stanwyck had it rebuilt “as it was,” Caldwell said.

Built in the 1950s, the house has two bedrooms, two baths, a maid’s room and bath, and a powder room in about 3,400 square feet. It also has a large, circular driveway; brick entry, large swimming pool and yard.

Stanwyck, who died in January at age 82, is believed to have purchased the house in 1983.

Actor FESS PARKER, who is probably best remembered in his early-TV roles as Davy Crockett and Daniel Boone, has put his 2,500-acre working cattle ranch north of Santa Maria in San Luis Obispo County on the market at $3,750,000.

Known as Dos Hermanas, for the two sisters who owned the property at the turn of the century, the ranch has a cabin, barn, corrals, manager’s quarters, ocean views, oak forests, meadows, springs and a stream.

It was listed by Eli Parker, the actor’s son, at Kerry Mormann Real Estate in Santa Barbara.

Music producer DON WAS, whose 11-member band Was (Not Was) released its album “Are You Okay?” in July, has purchased a two-acre estate on Mulholland Drive in the Beverly Hills Post Office Area for nearly its $1.5-million asking price, sources say.

The property has a recently remodeled three-bedroom, 5,000-square-foot main house and a two-bedroom, 1,000-square-foot guest house, both with views of the San Fernando Valley. Was had been living in the Hollywood Hills.

Jeanine Sales of Stan Herman & Associates represented both parties in the transaction.

Director/screenwriter DAVID TWOHY has purchased a get-away home for himself in Big Bear.

Twohy directed “The Grand Tour,” which filmed this spring in Oregon and stars Jeff Daniels, and he wrote the screenplay for “The Fugitive,” which will begin production soon for Warner Bros.

Twohy’s mountain hideaway has four bedrooms and three baths in 2,000 square feet. He bought it for $350,000. The 34-year-old bachelor, who was working nights as a bartender until recently, also owns a 1,500-square-foot condo in Santa Monica.

One of the largest sites for a private home in Orange County, a 60-acre hill overlooking the Ritz-Carlton hotel in Laguna Niguel, has come on the market at $9.9 million.

“It probably could be developed into one or two lots, but it could never be a big subdivision. It really is a major estate site, with sweeping views of the mountains and ocean,” said listing agent Bruce Nelson of John Bruce Nelson & Associates, Holmby Hills.

CORRECTION: At item in last week’s column erroneously reported that artist Peter Max bought a home in Bel-Air. The item was based on incorrect information provided to The Times by a realtor who claimed to have made the sale.


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