Plenty of Room for Picket Fences


LAUREN HOLLY, who co-stars with Greg Kinnear in the recently released “A Smile Like Yours,” has purchased a Beverly Hills-area home for just under $2 million, sources say.

Holly, 34, filed for divorce from actor Jim Carrey in July. They were married in September 1996. They started dating while co-starring in the movie “Dumb and Dumber” (1994).

Holly’s first lead role in a feature film was as the wife of martial arts expert-actor Bruce Lee in “Dragon: The Bruce Lee Story” (1993). She also played a deputy sheriff on the CBS series “Picket Fences” (1992-96) and a stewardess in the movie “Turbulence,” released earlier this year.


She had been leasing a home on the Westside when she bought the house, described as an English Regency built in the 1980s, with four bedrooms in 5,000 square feet. The home also has city-to-ocean views, a pool, spa and fountain.

Barry Peele of Sotheby’s International Realty in Beverly Hills represented Holly in the purchase, and Donald Robinson and Joseph LaPiana, of the same firm, had the listing, other sources said.

A Malibu home bought in June by DODI AL FAYED before he became Princess Diana’s companion has come on the market at $10 million.

Fayed bought the six-bedroom mansion on five acres from Florida investor Edward Sacks for about $7.3 million. Sacks had owned the property since 1992, when he purchased it from actress Julie Andrews and her husband, producer-director Blake Edwards, for about $8.5 million. Andrews and Edwards had owned it for 20 years.

After Sacks purchased it, he razed the five-bedroom main house and guest cottage and built the 9,000-square-foot Tuscan villa, designed and furnished by Ron Wilson, who has designed nearly 20 homes for Cher.

The Tuscan villa and a 2,000-square-foot guest house overlook the ocean and have access to a sandy beach by way of a staircase. The estate also has a tennis court, pool and walled sculpture studio, which was there when Andrews and Edwards owned the property.


Before Fayed bought the home, Sacks had had it on and off the market since June 1996, when it was first listed at $12.5 million.

Drew Mandile and Bridget Martens, both of Sotheby’s International Realty in Beverly Hills, share the current listing.

Heavyweight boxer MICHAEL MOORER, who is set to fight Evander Holyfield Nov. 8 in Las Vegas, has leased a house in Bel-Air at $13,000 a month while training for the bout.

Moorer, 29, is the International Boxing Federation heavyweight champion. Holyfield, 34, is World Boxing Assn. heavyweight champ. Holyfield’s last fight was with Mike Tyson in June, when Tyson was disqualified for biting Holyfield’s ear.

The purse for the upcoming bout is about $7.5 million for Moorer and $20 million for Holyfield.

Moorer, who makes his primary residence in Boca Raton, Fla., leased a four-bedroom 4,500-square-foot house on a bit more than an acre behind gates. The contemporary-style house is on a hill with Caribbean palm trees, a pool and city-to-ocean views.


Paul Czako of Hilton & Hyland, Beverly Hills, had the listing, and Ernie Carswell of Coldwell Banker-Jon Douglas Co., Beverly Hills, represented Moorer.

BARRY BOSTWICK, who plays the fictional New York City mayor in Michael J. Fox’s sitcom “Spin City,” has sold his Beverly Hills house for nearly its last asking price of $1.5 million to a voice-over actor, sources say.

Bostwick, 52, and his wife, actress Sherri Ellen Jensen, and their two children live in a four-bedroom farmhouse 35 miles north of Manhattan, where the series is filmed. They moved to the East Coast last year when the ABC sitcom started airing.

The Beverly Hills house, which the actor helped design and build in 1989, has five bedrooms in about 5,600 square feet, behind gates. It also has a guest apartment with a private entrance; a pool, waterfall and 80-plus fruit trees.

Barbara Tenenbaum of Fred Sands’ Beverly Hills Estates Directors office represented Bostwick in the transaction.

BRUCE JENNER, 1976 Olympic decathlon champion, and his wife, Kris, have sold their 100-acre parcel of land in the Happy Canyon area of the Santa Ynez Valley.


Jenner, 46, had planned to build a house on the site but changed his mind, sources say. The couple decided to continue to live in the L.A. area instead, a source said.

The Santa Ynez Valley land sold in the $700,000 range, sources say.

Diana Anderson of Fred Sands’ Santa Ynez Valley Properties had the listing, and Mike Brady of the same office represented the buyer.

Oscar-winning screenwriter and novelist WILLIAM PETER BLATTY, who wrote “The Exorcist,” and his wife, Julie, have listed their Santa Barbara home at $5.9 million.

The couple built the Mission style-home about three years ago. It has seven bedrooms in 9,000 square feet. Situated on 6.5 acres, it has coastline views and orchards.

They listed the house because they have a home in Hidden Hills and are spending more time in the Los Angeles area, sources say.

Blatty, 69, wrote the 1970s book “The Exorcist,” on which the 1973 movie and a one-hour documentary “In the Grip of Evil” were based. The documentary aired in July on the Discovery Channel. He also wrote the novel “Demons Five, Exorcists Nothing,” published last January.


Gene O’Hagan at Fred Sands Realtors in Montecito has the listing on the Santa Barbara house.

HELENE and DANNY AN, owners of the new Beverly Hills restaurant Crustacean, have purchased a four-bedroom Beverly Hills-area home for close to its $1.4-million asking price, sources say.

Helene An, the youngest of 17 children from a wealthy family in North Vietnam, is executive chef of the restaurant, which the Ans’ daughter, Elizabeth, runs.

The Beverly Hills restaurant, which has koi swimming in a stream under the see-through floor, is an offshoot of a Euro-Asian restaurant by the same name run by the An family in San Francisco.

The family’s new home was built in the 1960s but was recently renovated. They had been renting nearby.

Elaine Young and Barbara Eisner, both of Coldwell Banker-Jon Douglas Co. in Beverly Hills, represented the Ans in their home purchase, and Ron De Salvo of the same firm represented the seller, a local businessman.