‘J.R.’ Will Sell Malibu Spread


LARRY HAGMAN, who will reappear in November in his well-known role as the devilish J.R. Ewing on a CBS “Dallas” reunion movie and whose new CBS series “Orleans” is expected to start airing in October, and his wife, Maj, have listed their Malibu home of 30 years at $6.25 million.

The Emmy-winning actor, 64, and his wife of 40 years, a Swedish designer, decided “to consolidate” their real estate, a source said, so they could have more time to do the things they enjoy: traveling, seeing their grandchildren and, for him, acting.

Hagman stars as a judge and family patriarch in “Orleans.” The pilot was shot in May, nine months after he underwent a liver transplant. Besides his 1978-1991 run on the TV series “Dallas,” the actor, son of Broadway star Mary Martin, is known for his co-starring role in the sitcom “I Dream of Jeannie.”

The Hagmans also maintain a Tuscan-style estate in Ojai, where they stay most of the time now when they are in the Los Angeles area, and a 200-acre-plus home in Santa Fe. They just sold an apartment in New York City, sources say.


Their Malibu home, one of the largest in Malibu Colony, was built in 1927 but was completely redesigned by the Hagmans in 1982.

The Southwestern-style home has six bedrooms and an 8,000-square-foot main residence. The home has separate guest quarters and a maid’s apartment overlooking the pool and an office with a bedroom over the garage.

The master suite faces the ocean. The home also has five fireplaces, a retractable glass roof that can be electronically opened, a projection room, waterfall, sun room and indoor spa.

Nancy and Marcus Beck of the Prudential-Jon Douglas Co., Malibu, have the listing.


HUGH HEFNER, who closed a one-week escrow July 12 on the house next door to the Playboy Mansion for nearly $7 million, has listed his Beverly Glen house at $2.9 million and his Malibu retreat at just under $2.2 million.

The Malibu home was purchased by the Playboy magazine founder in 1992 as a beach house for daytime use for his wife and two young children. After they bought it, the Hefners remodeled it. The three-story 3,500-square-foot home, which is on the water, is decorated in white oversized furniture, which is included in the asking price.

The Beverly Glen home, a 6,000-square-foot French Normandy with six bedrooms, was purchased in August 1995 as a retreat from corporate life in the Playboy Mansion, the family’s main residence. The Beverly Glen house was built in the 1930s, and the Hefners are just completing a renovation of it.


The Holmby Hills house that the Hefners bought earlier this month was built by Arthur Letts, who in the 1920s built what later became the Playboy Mansion. It was most recently owned by a local businessman, who is said to have purchased it in April for about $6 million from the estate of philanthropist Lita Annenberg Hazen. The last asking price was $7.5 million.

Carol Rapf, Matt Rapf and Terry O’Connor of Pritchett/Rapf & Associates, Malibu, have the Malibu listing; Linda May of Fred Sands Estates, Beverly Hills, has the Beverly Glen listing; Raymond Bekeris, John Bruce Nelson & Associates, represented the Hefners and the businessman in the Holmby Hills transactions.


The Beverly Hills home of Oscar-winning producer-director MERVYN LeROY (“The Wizard of Oz,” “Quo Vadis,” “Gypsy”) and his philanthropist wife, Kitty, has been sold for slightly more than its $1.5-million asking price. There were multiple offers the first day the home went on the market, sources say.


LeRoy, also a co-founder of Hollywood Park racetrack, has been credited with introducing Ronald Reagan and Nancy Davis when they were actors. Mervyn LeRoy died in the home at 86 in 1987; Kitty LeRoy died in the home at 92 in February. A Chicago socialite, she became the filmmaker’s third wife in 1946.

The buyers, two local investors, are planning to remodel the home while retaining the charm and integrity of the original design by the late architect John Woolf. Built in 1955, the 4,000-square-foot French Regency-style home has two master suites, a maid’s room, guest house and pool.

The LeRoy estate was represented by Michele Hall, the Prudential-Jon Douglas Co., Brentwood; the buyers were represented by Shirley Wells, John Aaroe & Associates, Beverly Hills.



Grammy-winning songwriter and guitarist JEFF “SKUNK” BAXTER, who just completed the original soundtrack for Pauly Shore’s new film, “Curse of Inferno,” has purchased a Sherman Oaks home, sources say.

Baxter, in his 40s, also has written songs for movies including “Roxanne” and “Bull Durham.” He won two Grammy Awards for a Doobie Brothers recording when he was playing in the band. He also played with Steely Dan.

His new home, which includes a 2,000-square-foot main residence and 1,200-square-foot guest house, was bought for about $500,000. He was represented in his purchase by Deborah Moore and Beth Styne of the Prudential-Jon Douglas Co., Beverly Hills.



One of the best-known houses in Palm Springs, the KEMPER ESTATE, with nearly two dozen rooms in 7,500 square feet, has come on the market at $1.45 million.

Monterey Colonial in style with adobe walls, some of which are 44 inches thick, the house was built in 1936 for Freda Maytag Sparey of the Maytag washing machine company family.

It was also the main winter residence, from 1940 to 1991, of the James S. Kemper family. Kemper, who died at 94 in 1981, founded the Kemper Group, one of the world’s largest diversified insurance and financial organizations. He built the Lumberman Mutual Casualty Co. into a worldwide conglomerate with assets of more than $5 billion.

The walled and gated estate, on four city blocks in the heart of the Las Palmas area, is owned by Stan Long and Al Sandin, antique car dealers from Seattle. They are said to have purchased the Palm Springs site with the idea of storing some of their cars there but changed their minds.


Nelda Linsk has the listing at Coldwell Banker Eadie Adams Realty, Palm Springs.