Football star-turned-actor ALEX KARRAS and his actress wife, Susan Clark, are building a home just north of Broad Beach in Malibu and have put their existing Malibu house and a Lake Arrowhead get-away on the market. Their primary residence is off Mulholland Drive.
Karras, one of the premier defensive players in the NFL for many years and one of the greatest players in Detroit Lions' history, co-starred with his wife on the ABC sitcom "Webster," as Webster's adoptive parents, and he has appeared in a number of movies, including "Blazing Saddles" and "Victor, Victoria."
They have a daughter, Katie, who is 11, and he has five children by his first marriage.
The couple's new Malibu home, which is in the framing stage, will have six bedrooms in about 6,000 square feet. The beachfront house will also have 11-foot-high ceilings, a media room, solarium and deck, which will occupy the roof except for the glassed top of the solarium.
"They'll be able to entertain on the deck, three stories up," said Sharon D'Ornellas, whose husband, Allen, is building the house.
While working on the home, Allen D'Ornellas is completing a remodel of an Arrowhead cabin with a deep-water dock on Emerald Bay that Karras and Clark bought three summers ago.
Built in the '40s, the cabin has been turned into a three-bedroom, 2,500-square-foot home with a spa and fireplace in the master suite and a mud room, where boots and overcoats can be stored.
"They bought the place, thinking they would be able to go up there, but Alex is allergic to the pines," D'Ornellas said. The Arrowhead home is listed at $795,000 with Coldwell Banker/Skyridge Realty.
Clark and Karras have also put their existing Malibu home on the market at $2.49 million.
Actress MOLLY RINGWALD, who starred in "Pretty in Pink" and "Betsy's Wedding," has put her gated, Hollywood Hills home of five years on the market at about $1.48 million.
The two-bedroom home has a pool, spa, sauna, gazebo and lots of trees. The house was built in 1950, but Ringwald refurbished it and combined two bedrooms into one.
Karen Misraje, who has the listing through Rodeo Realty's Bel-Air office, called the home "unassuming" and "elegant old" with its high ceilings and hardwood floors.
ALAN SIEROTY, the former state legislator who now oversees his family's real estate and business holdings from his West Los Angeles office, recently purchased a home in the Hollywood Hills from interior designer Harriet Stuart, who just completed remodeling it.
Sieroty paid $1.3 million for the home, other sources revealed.
With the help of architect Stephen Slan, Stuart turned the nondescript house, built in the '50s, into a 3,000-square-foot, contemporary, walled villa with a courtyard lap pool and large, white interior walls.
They envisioned the buyer to be a sophisticated, single person who entertains and has an interest in art.
"That description perfectly fit the new owner . . . a man-about-town who just happens to be into art and has a ready collection for his new . . . hideaway," Stuart said.
Actress/sportscaster JAYNE KENNEDY, voted "Sexiest Black Woman in America" a couple of years ago by Ebony magazine, and her husband, actor Bill Overton, have put their Santa Monica townhouse on the market at $625,000.
"They've lived there for three years, but they want to buy a beachfront home in the Marina area with some land where their three young daughters can play," said a spokesman for Fred Sands Realtors, which has the listing through Adrian Grant and Fiora Astin.
The four-level, ocean-view condo has four bedrooms in about 3,000 square feet.
ALAN LADD JR., the studio chief who scored with such hits as "Star Wars" and "Alien," will break ground soon on an English-style, 17,000-square-foot mansion on a seven-acre parcel that he purchased recently at Beverly Park, overlooking Beverly Hills.
The site, a corner lot with some hilly terrain, has what a source described as "breathtaking city views." Lots in the development have been selling in the $3-million to $4-million range.
Ladd, son of the late legendary actor, lives in Beverly Hills with his second wife, Cindra, and their young daughter.
Author/actor WILLIE OSWALD, one of the first members of Cocaine Anonymous who will play himself in an upcoming film based on his soon-to-be-published autobiography "The Cocaine Vigilante," has purchased a get-away ranch in Harrison Hot Springs, just outside of Vancouver, British Columbia.
He paid $2 million for the 40-acre property, which has a 5,000-square-foot Tudor-style house and a small lake on it.
Oswald, his wife and two children maintain their primary residence in North Hollywood.
The CAROLANDS, believed to be the largest private residence west of the Mississippi and one of the three largest homes in the country, will be open to the public for the first time, Tuesday through Oct. 20, in San Mateo, as a Decorators' Show House, to benefit the Coyote Point Museum.
Built in 1913 in Hillsborough by Harriet Pullman Carolan, heiress to the Pullman Sleeping Car fortune, the 100-plus room, 60,000-square-foot mansion, which had suffered years of neglect, is being spruced up by interior decorators from as far away as Los Angeles.
The house, which was also the longtime home of Countess Lillian Remillard Dandini until she died in the 1970s, has been threatened with demolition, but the decorators are hoping that their restoration efforts and the public opening will help preserve it.
There are only two homes in the United States that are larger, according to real estate sources. They are a 112,895-square-foot, 170-room home in Cold Springs, N.Y., and the 126,000-square-foot Biltmore House in Asheville, N.C.
The Hillsborough home is owned by Michael DeDomenico, a Reno resident and member of the family that owns Golden Grain Macaroni Co., which makes Rice-A-Roni and Ghiradelli chocolate.