Lion on Prowl for Larger Den


Detroit Lions quarterback RODNEY PEETE, a fifth-year pro out of USC, has put his house, just south of Mulholland Drive, on the market, and he plans to buy or build a larger home in the L.A. area, sources say.

The 27-year-old bachelor, whose team is in a battle for first place in the NFC Central Division, led the Trojans to four bowl games, and he still holds many passing records for USC.

Peete, who rents a townhouse in Detroit, has owned the house off of Mulholland Drive for three years.

"His roots are here," said listing agent Liz Stewart of Asher Dann & Associates, Beverly Hills. "He just wants a bigger place."

His current home, which is on a cul-de-sac near Laurel Canyon, has five bedrooms and 4 1/2 baths in about 3,100 square feet. Built in 1962, it has a remodeled kitchen plus many patios. The living and dining rooms open onto a large yard and a pool. The asking price is $749,000.

KLOS-FM radio personality DOUG TRACHT and his wife, ANITA, have purchased the Hollywood Hills home of STEPFANIE KRAMER, who gave up her six-year role in 1990 as Sgt. Dee Dee McCall on NBC's "Hunter" to pursue a singing career and married life in Colorado.

Tracht, also known as "The Greaseman" (from his radio days in the '60s), was grand marshal this weekend of the 28th annual Channel Islands Harbor (boat) Parade of Lights. The Trachts, who moved here from Washington, D.C., last January, have been leasing a house.

"We've been renting and raving, shrieking and wreaking," said the DJ, known for his jokes and stories on KLOS weeknights, from 6 to 10. They plan to remodel before moving into their new home. "My wife's a gourmet cook, and the kitchen renovation will be major," he said.

Kramer had owned the three-bedroom, 3,300-square-foot home, on an acre, for seven years. The house, built in the 1950s, was listed in May, 1992, at just under $1.5 million with Jeanne Valvo of Fred Sands Realtors. Tony Schultz, also with Sands, represented the Trachts.

The home sold for close to its last asking price of $790,000, other sources said.

Film director SID FURIE ("Iron Eagle," "Superman IV," "Lady Sings the Blues," "The Ipcress File") and his wife, Linda, have sold their Beverly Park home to entertainment lawyer John Branca, who represented Michael Jackson in November on a music publishing deal expected to bring Jackson from $90 million to $200 million.

The deal enables EMI to administer Jackson's ATV Music Publishing catalogue, which includes nearly all of the Beatles' major hits.

Branca, who has handled such stars as the Rolling Stones and David Lee Roth, bought the newly built, Tuscan villa-style home for well under its $10-million asking price. Depending on the source, the selling price was $5.2 million or in "the high 6s" ($6-million range).

The seven-bedroom, 12,000-square-foot house, on 2.5 acres, has a tennis court and is in the gated and guarded Beverly Park community, overlooking Beverly Hills. Branca's former home, a 10,000-square-footer in Beverly Hills, was sold in 30 days for nearly its $3.5-million asking price, sources say.

Myra Nourmand of Nourmand & Associates represented Branca in his purchase and sale, and Brian Adler of Jon Douglas Co.'s Beverly Hills office had the listing on the house Branca bought.

The Furies are renting until they decide where to buy, and Branca has leased a home until mid-January, while he is having his new home repainted, sources added.

TED FIELD, film producer and department-store heir, has put two of his homes on the market, including the Beverly Hills house where he has been living since last spring when he sold Greenacres, the late silent screen star Harold Lloyd's estate.

Field's Beverly Hills home--a 25,000-square-foot house with a tennis court--is listed at $9.9 million. (He reportedly paid $11 million for it.) His other house, Joan Rivers' former home in Bel-Air, is listed at $3.45 million.

Fields bought the 8,000-square-foot, Bel-Air house for one of his ex-wives' use. She has since remarried. Stephen Shapiro, Stan Herman/Stephen Shapiro & Associates, has the listings.

The annual fund-raiser by Beverly Hills realtors to benefit St. Joseph Center for the homeless in Venice is taking an unusual approach this year. Instead of hosting a dinner for contributors, the sponsors are holding a "non-event," called "A Home Affair," with tax-deductible donations of $75 for a pretend "Private Time Reception," $125 for a pretend "Private Time Dinner" and $150 for both.

Sponsors are Cecelia Waeschle of Rodeo Realty and her husband, Cliff, a TWA pilot; Rick Merrill, president of Prudential Rodeo Realty, and Joyce Rey, a founder of Rodeo Realty.

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