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Gamblin’ Man Bets on Ojai

TIMES STAFF WRITER

RICK ROSSOVICH, who co-starred with Kenny Rogers in the fall NBC movie “The Gambler Returns,” has sold his Hollywood Hills home of eight years and moved to an Ojai Valley house that he and his wife, Eva, have been restoring for the past 18 months.

Rossovich, 34, played Rogers’ partner Ethan Cassidy in the TV movie, and he portrayed Spud Lincoln in last season’s CBS series “Sons and Daughters.”

He appeared in the 1990 movies “Navy SEALS” and “Paint It Black.” His film debut came in 1982 in “The Lords of Discipline.” He went on to play Spider’s partner in “Top Gun” (1986) and a girl-shy fireman in “Roxanne” (1987).

The Rossoviches are not only restoring the Ojai home, which was built in 1941, but they totally refurbished the Hollywood home, which was built in 1924.

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“They restored the Hollywood house, which they bought from the original owners, to a vintage Mediterranean of the ‘20s,” said Nancy Cohen, who represented the Rossoviches with Fintan Power, both of Prudential California Realty.

The three-bedroom Hollywood home has verandas, a nine-foot-tall front gate, a view from downtown Los Angeles to the ocean, and a secret film vault. The 2,600-square-foot home was sold to a director of TV commercials and videos for close to its $599,000 asking price.

The Rossoviches bought their four-bedroom, Ojai home on 2 1/2 acres for about $600,000, and they plan to spend as much or more in restoration.

Described as “an international style home, surrounded by a band of windows with views of the Topa Topa Mountains,” the 2,800-square-foot home has a pool, guest house and artist’s studio.

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MIKE LOVE of the Beach Boys has listed his Pacific Palisades home at $1,395,000.

The Beach Boys, who are marking their 30th anniversary, are recording a new album, to be released in 1992. They just returned from a tour of Japan and are featured on the video “Crocodile Rock,” running on VH-1.

“Mike, his wife and baby aren’t spending much time here,” said listing agent Irene Dazzan of Douglas Properties’ Palisades office, “and that’s why he’s put this home on the market.”

Two years ago, Love bought the five-acre Hana, Maui, home of the late Charles A. Lindbergh from the aviator’s widow, Anne Morrow Lindbergh, for about $1 million. Love already owned the adjacent 14-acre estate of the late Sam Pryor, the Lindberghs’ longtime friend. Love also owns a home in Santa Barbara.

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He has owned the Palisades home for about three years.

Built about 10 years ago, it has three bedrooms and three baths plus a guest apartment with its own entrance. It also has expansive decks, a hot tub and coastline views.

Former state SEN. ALAN ROBBINS, who resigned in November after agreeing to plead guilty to federal political corruption charges, has put his Encino home of seven years on the market at $1,795,000.

Robbins is expected to start serving five years in prison after formally entering his guilty plea this month to charges of racketeering and income tax fraud.

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His Encino home has five bedrooms and a maid’s quarters in 4,600 square feet. The home also has koi ponds, waterfalls, a swimming pool, spa and view of the San Fernando Valley.

The property is co-listed by Malcolm MacEwen of Jon Douglas Co., Woodland Hills, and Sal Buccieri of Sal Realtors, Woodland Hills.

ALEX ZUCKERMAN, a 9-year-old redhead who plays one of the Lost Boys in the new movie “Hook,” has moved with his parents and 6-year-old sister, Rosie, into their new home in the Hollywood Hills.

Zuckerman’s parents--Robert, a psychologist, and Anita, a real estate attorney--bought a three-bedroom, 3,000-square-foot house with 39-foot high ceilings, a 1,000-square-foot living room and a view from Catalina to downtown Los Angeles.

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The Zuckermans paid close to the asking price of $700,000 and are remodeling the home, which was built in the ‘60s. They were renting in Laurel Canyon after relocating to Los Angeles from Virginia about 18 months ago so that Alex could pursue an acting career.

Kris Mooney and Debra Ziven represented the buyers, and Bill Franklin had the listing. They all work in Jon Douglas Co.'s Sunset Strip office.


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