Skating Into a Home on Lake Sherwood

Times Staff Writer

Scott Hamilton, Olympic-champion-turned-TV-figure-skating-analyst, has purchased a home on Lake Sherwood in Thousand Oaks for about $1.5 million.

Hamilton, who co-founded the Stars-on-Ice tour after winning a gold medal in the 1984 Olympics, also loves golf. His new home is a few minutes away by golf cart from the Sherwood Country Club, where he has played the sport for years.

On Monday, Hamilton hosted the second annual Scott Hamilton Circle of Friends Invitational Golf tournament at the country club, which raised $150,000 for Target House at St. Jude Children's Research Hospital in Memphis, Tenn.

Target House, which opened in May, is an $11-million facility that houses families of children undergoing treatment for cancer. Hamilton, 40, recently announced his recovery from testicular cancer, diagnosed in 1997.

From his main residence in Denver, Hamilton was browsing the Internet, looking at houses for sale, when he discovered the listing for his new home.

Built in 1921, the house was renovated in 1998. The four-bedroom, 6,000-square-foot house has a private boat dock and lake views from all of its six levels. Hamilton is installing an elevator.

Kevin Lehman and Ken Calcut of the Prudential California Realty had the listing.


Emmy-winning actress Barbara Babcock, who played pioneer newswoman Dorothy Jennings on the series "Dr. Quinn, Medicine Woman" and in this year's Dr. Quinn TV movie, has sold her Greene-and-Greene home in Pasadena for $695,000. She had bought the home in 1987.

The buyers are Michael J. Murray, screenwriter and supervising producer of "Michael Jordan: An American Hero," which aired on the Fox Family Channel in April, and Kelly Craig Jones, a psychiatric social worker with the Los Angeles Unified School District.

The Greene brothers, known for their Craftsman and California bungalow architecture, designed the two-bedroom, 2,400-square-foot home in 1906.

Boyd Smith and Maggie Navarro of Coldwell Banker Previews had the listing.


The Encino home of the late Phil Hartman has a "sold" sign on it. It is in escrow at close to its $1.2-million asking price.

The house was put on the market after the comedian, a former "Saturday Night Live" star who was a regular on "NewsRadio," was fatally shot by his wife, Brynn, who took her own life, in May 1998. The five-bedroom, 4,000-square-foot house behind gates was originally listed in August at $1.65 million. It is being purchased by a local businessperson.

Patti Potter of Re/Max on the Boulevard, Sherman Oaks, has the listing, sources said.

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