Spenser Builds Case for Westside


Actor ROBERT URICH, who just returned from filming the upcoming NBC movie “Revolver” in Spain, and his wife, Heather, are planning to build a home on the Westside, and they have put their Encino residence on the market at about $2.23 million.

Urich, who co-starred with Ali MacGraw in the January ABC movie “Survive the Savage Sea,” starred in the late 1980s ABC-TV series “Spenser: For Hire” and appeared in the 1989 CBS mini-series “Lonesome Dove.”

“We’re in the process of designing our new house to have a European look with stone, stucco and wood,” said his wife, who played Louisa, the second oldest of the Von Trapp children, in the 1965 movie “The Sound of Music.” “We have the land--a view property, and we’ll break ground in May, I think.”


The three-story, 10,000-square-foot home will have five bedrooms and guest quarters--”not maids’ quarters,” she emphasized. “I don’t want a live-in maid.” A family room will double as a screening room. The Urichs have two children.

They live in a 6,000-square-foot, “California country-style” home, on almost an acre. It has five bedrooms and a study in the main house; a building that the actor uses as an office and a gym; a sport or paddle-tennis court; tree house, 20-by-50-foot swimming pool and waterfall.

The house was built in 1948 by actor/sculptor George Montgomery, who lived there with his then-wife, entertainer Dinah Shore. Singer Michael Jackson later took refuge there for several months when his business manager owned the home, said listing agent Alan Vint.

Vint, a former actor and longtime friend of the Urichs, shares the listing with Lou Joffred, both of Jon Douglas Co.’s Encino office.

The Benedict Canyon house where actress SHARON TATE was murdered by members of the Manson family in 1969 has come on the market again.

“It’s for sale as is at $4.95 million, or we’ll sell it for about $18 million when we’re finished,” said Alvin Weintraub of the Encino real estate firm Weintraub, Casey & Zurkow, which has owned the property for a year.


“We just finished plans to expand the home to 15,000 square feet and turn it into a Mediterranean villa with a sunken north/south tennis court and a canopied viewing pavilion,” Weintraub said.

Built in the early ‘40s, the home currently has a Hansel-and-Gretel, knotty-pine look and includes a 3,200-square-foot main house and 2,000-square-foot guest cottage on 3.3 acres with city-to-ocean views.

Weintraub’s firm bought the property from investor John Prell last March.

Prell had purchased it in January, 1989, for about $2 million from longtime owner Rudolph Altobelli, a Hollywood business agent who had leased the home to Tate and her husband, movie director Roman Polanski, when the murders occurred.

The HOLLYWOOD REPORTER plans to move out of Hollywood in August after 62 years in its original Sunset Strip location.

The trade magazine will occupy part of two floors leased by BPI Communications, the Reporter’s parent company, in the nine-story former Carnation Co. headquarters on Wilshire’s Miracle Mile. Carnation occupied the property, at 5055 Wilshire Blvd., from 1949 until 1990.

BPI also plans to consolidate offices for its Billboard and Adweek magazines at the site, which will be called the Hollywood Reporter/BPI Building when a major expansion/renovation is completed this summer.


Susan Goodman, vice president of Entertainment Realty Corp. in Century City, represented BPI in the lease with owners/developers USAA Insurance, based in San Antonio, and Barker-Patrinely Group Inc.

What is believed to be architect FRANK LLOYD WRIGHT’S first private-home project in California, a six-bedroom house on an acre in Montecito, has been put on the market at $1.9 million.

The 4,700-square-foot, prairie-style house was built in 1910.

“It’s like being in a tree house, there is so much glass,” said Lauren Tempkin, who shares the listing with Bill Sloniker of Coldwell Banker’s Santa Barbara office.

JEFF WINCOTT--who recently won the starring role in producer Gene Corman’s upcoming movie “The Golden Idol,” based on the life of late actor Steve McQueen--has purchased a 3,000-square-foot vacation home in Kaanapali, Maui, for $750,000.

The 32-year-old bachelor lives in a house on Broad Beach in Malibu.

Wincott co-starred for five years in the CBS police series “Night Heat,” which is now in syndication. “The Golden Idol” is expected to be filmed next fall.

A Toluca Lake home built in 1934 by BING CROSBY and later owned by Al Jolson and Ruby Keeler has been listed for sale at $2.2 million.


Crosby put such musical features in the house as melody accents in a stained-glass window.

The five-bedroom, 5,000-square-foot English Tudor has been owned for the past 16 years by investor/consultant Sidney R. Petersen, retired Getty Oil CEO, and his wife, Nancy. They plan to move to Laguna Beach.

Fred Sands Realtors has the listing through Ginna Schenck, Encino, and Jack Sammons, Sherman Oaks.