Bergen Buys a Bond Home
CANDICE BERGEN has purchased actor ROGER MOORE’s Beverly Hills-area home for $3.2 million, sources say.
Bergen, 50, and her 10-year-old daughter, Chloe, are said to have been looking for a house with more land. The actress’ former home in the area, a 3,000-square-foot house that she bought in 1989, has been described as “woodsy and beamed but with no land.”
Her new home is on 1.5 acres and includes a four-bedroom 3,300-square-foot main house and a three-bedroom guest house.
Bergen has won five Emmy Awards for her starring role in the CBS comedy series “Murphy Brown,” which has aired since 1988. This year, she received the People’s Choice Award for favorite female television performer.
Daughter of the late ventriloquist Edgar Bergen and his actress wife, Frances, Candice Bergen was married to director Louis Malle from 1980 until he died last year. They maintained homes in New York and France as well as in the Beverly Hills area, where Bergen was born and raised.
Bergen’s new home “is perfect for her,” a source said. “Years ago, she rented the old aviary on the John Barrymore estate [nearby], so she has always been down to earth and liked things plain and simple.”
Built in 1949, the home has a charming setting but probably will need some updating, sources say. It has a tennis court and a pool and is behind gates, but it lacks air conditioning. “The Moores always were in the south of France during the summer,” a source said.
Moore, 68, and his third wife, Luisa, owned the home for about 10 years. When they weren’t living in it, they sometimes leased it out. Robert De Niro leased it for six months last year while in town making the movie “Heat.” The home was listed for sale a few years ago at $4.9 million.
The Moores separated last year, and the London-born actor has been spending most of his time since then in Europe. Moore, who succeeded Sean Connery as Agent 007 in 1973, made seven James Bond films, ending with “A View to a Kill” (1985).
Singer-songwriter RICHARD MARX and his wife, former actress-dancer CYNTHIA RHODES, have listed their Hollywood Hills home at about $3.4 million.
Marx, in his 30s, just completed his fifth album, “Confessions,” which will be released in September. Among his Top 10 singles are “Should’ve Known Better,” “Endless Summer Nights,” “Satisfied,” “Right Here Waiting” and “Take This Heart.” He also has written songs for Chicago and Kenny Rogers.
The pop star, his wife and their three children moved their primary residence to a suburb of his hometown, Chicago, in 1994 after he had lived in L.A. for about 10 years. They are building a home there now with a recording studio, sources say.
His Hollywood Hills home has seven bedrooms in about 14,000 square feet. It was built in 1986, and Marx bought it in 1989.
After he bought it, he added a theater with a popcorn machine and soda fountain, and a guest house. There is also a second guest house and a pool on the acre-plus, gated property. The estate has city and mountain views, a motor court and a five-car garage.
Denny Kagasoff at John Aaroe & Associates in Beverly Hills has the listing.
Restaurateur PIERO SELVAGGIO and his wife, Stacey, have started to rebuild their Big Rock Canyon home, destroyed in the 1993 Malibu fire. Selvaggio, in his 40s, owns the L.A.-area restaurants Valentino, Primi and Posto, and he is a consultant for the Dorothy Chandler Pavilion Dining Room.
His Malibu home of 20 years was leveled “like a pancake” in the fire, he has said. He, his wife and their three children found shelter at first with a friend and then, two years ago, bought a Brentwood home, where they will stay until their new home is completed in November. The house, expected to cost $1 million to build, will have a wine cellar designed by Selvaggio to store a small percentage of his 100,000-plus bottle collection. An estimated 30,000 of his bottles were broken at Valentino in Santa Monica, during the 1994 Northridge earthquake.
A Beverly Hills house designed by the late architect WALLACE NEFF and owned by the same family for 53 years has been listed at $2.7 million. Built in 1926, the Spanish-style home is owned by a couple who plan to move closer to their grown children in Orange County.
The 7,000-square-foot home plus guest house has a total of eight bedrooms, and there are 75 rose bushes on its grounds. “This is one of the most charming and romantic homes that my father did,” said Wally Neff, son of the architect who designed many mansions for movie stars and others during Hollywood’s Golden Days.
Cecelia Waeschle of the Prudential-Rodeo-Douglas Co., Beverly Hills, has the listing.
EDWARD BROIDA, who made his fortune developing Southern California apartments and shopping centers and became one of the largest collectors of contemporary art in the United States, has sold his condo in Palm Beach for $4.4 million, sources say. The 4,200-square-foot oceanfront penthouse, with 24-hour room service, was sold to Emily Fisher Landau, an art collector from New York.
Broida sold his estate in Beverly Hills in 1990 to rock star BRUCE SPRINGSTEEN for nearly $14 million. Broida then relocated to Palm Beach, where he will still live when not in his L.A. or Paris pied-a-terre.
J. Richard Allison of Palm Beach represented Broida in condo sale.