His Own Version of Southfork

Times Staff Writer

Actor Patrick Duffy and his wife, Carlyn, have put their Tarzana home of 21 years on the market at just under $2 million.

The couple, married for 25 years, plan to make their 600-acre ranch in Southern Oregon their primary residence and have purchased a townhouse in Pacific Palisades. “We wanted a place we can lock and go away,” Duffy said.

The actor-director, 50, spent 20 years on two series (as Patrick Ewing on “Dallas,” 1978-1991, and as Frank Lambert opposite Suzanne Somers on “Step by Step,” 1991-1998). He co-starred in the TV movies “Dallas: War of the Ewings” (1998) and “Don’t Look Behind You,” which was broadcast on Fox in July.


He appears in the movie “Perfect Game,” expected to be released in the spring, and the syndicated series “The Secret World of Jules Verne,” due on TV later this season.

The Duffys now plan to spend more time at their ranch, which they’ve owned for 10 years. “With our kids [ages 20 and 24] out of the house, we’re doing all the things we wanted to do,” he said. His wife, a former New York ballerina, is writing a novel. He is focusing more on their private collection of turn-of-the-century art.

They pursue both interests at their ranch on the Rogue River near Medford. The ranch, was used in the 1890s as a fishing lodge for Westinghouse Corp., has a bunkhouse, guest house, ranch manager’s quarters and two-story master suite with an elevator. It also has a just-completed 2,500-square-foot gallery to house the Duffys’ collection of paintings and sculptures depicting the American work ethic.

Their Tarzana home reflects the Duffys’ interests so well that their friends call the gated 1.5-acre compound “Duffyland.”

“I was a carpenter by trade, so I did much of the work after my wife bought the first house when I was on location in Dallas,” he said. “I took off the roof and built cabinets. As time became precious, I hired contractors, but my wife planted all 150 rose bushes and every tree on that property.”

One year after they purchased the first house, they bought a house next door, and three years after that, they bought the house on the other side. “So we have the whole interior of the block,” he said. “It was perfect for me because with [the popularity of] ‘Dallas,’ nobody knew we were there.”

Their Tarzana home has park-like grounds and an indoor grotto-spa that seats 14. A wooden bridge leads to it. The 9,000-square-foot compound also has a four-bedroom 6,200-square-foot main house with a gym, billiard parlor and wine room; a guest house with a kitchen; a maid’s cottage and a detached office.

Sharon Hills of William Wilson Co. Real Estate in Pasadena has the listing and represented the Duffys in buying their pied-a-terre.

Sky Dayton, who founded Pasadena-based EarthLink in 1994 and is its chairman, has purchased a home in Malibu for close to its $5.9-million asking price.

Dayton, 28, bought a multilevel six-bedroom home with an ocean view and about 7,000 square feet of space, built about four years ago.

EarthLink and MindSpring jointly announced in September that they had signed a merger agreement that would create the country’s No. 2 Internet access provider. Dayton will be a director of the company after the deal closes early next year.

Valerie Fitzgerald of Coldwell Banker Previews, Beverly Hills, represented Dayton, and Alan Marks of Fred Sands Estates, Malibu, had the listing, sources said.

Oscar-winning actor Kirk Douglas and his wife, Anne, have sold their Palm Springs home of 42 years for $1.3 million.

Two retired businessmen from San Francisco, Todd Jenkins and Timothy Dietrich, bought the house.

“The Douglases kept their home up so beautifully,” Jenkins said. “We’re going to spend most of our time there.” Jenkins once owned a small chain of restaurants in California, and Dietrich was in the apparel industry.

The actor, 83, and his wife bought a Montecito home in May for $1.8 million, and they have a home in Beverly Hills. Their Palm Springs home, on nearly an acre, has dual master suites, two guest suites, a guest house, a gym, a pool and a tennis court.

Paul Shepard, who has his own firm in Palm Springs, had the listing. Jim Schwietz with Tarbell Realtors, Palm Springs, represented the buyers.

A Hancock Park home owned for many years by the late singer Nat King Cole has been sold for just under $1.8 million.

The five-bedroom 6,800-square-foot house had been owned by a friend of the Cole family since she purchased it in 1972 from Maria Cole, the singer’s widow. Nat King Cole died in 1965. He and his wife bought the house in 1948.

Jerry Primack and Rhonda Payne at Prudential-John Aaroe & Associates, Pacific Design Center, had the listing.

Janine Gershon of Coldwell Banker Previews, Beverly Hills, represented the buyers. Gershon co-listed the Beverly Hills house that singer-songwriter Lionel Richie bought in August for about $6.5 million from fashion-fragrance mogul Bijan.

Director Michael Karbelnikoff, a partner in the film company HKM Productions, and his actress wife, Claudia, have listed their Los Feliz home at about $1.3 million.

The couple, who owned the home for two years, have moved to Connecticut, where Karbelnikoff has owned property for 10 years.

“We bought the L.A. house, remodeled it and love it, but it is just too much house for the small amount of time we spend there,” he said. His company, which primarily makes commercials but also produces videos and feature films, has offices in Los Angeles as well as in New York.

“I’ll keep a small place in L.A.,” he said, “but I have a 13-year-old son, from a former marriage, in Delaware, and I need to see him on the weekends.”

The Karbelnikoffs, who recently had a baby, are planning to turn a large barn on their Connecticut property into their main residence.

Built in 1924, their Los Feliz home, a Mediterranean-style villa with arches and Corinthian columns, has four bedrooms and a library-den in about 3,000 square feet. The home also has gardens, patios and city views.

It is listed with Barry Sloane of Fred Sands Estates, Beverly Hills.

Matthew Lillard, who starred as the murderous Stuart in the movie “Scream,” has sold his former Hollywood Hills home for about $499,000. The actor, 29, had purchased a house nearby for $595,000.

Built in 1934, the house he sold has two bedrooms in 1,500 square feet. The house he bought, with fiancee Heather Helm, has three bedrooms in 1,700 square feet. The sellers purchased a house down the street, which they plan to restore, for $325,000.

Tara Wolper of Fred Sands’ 1st Class Real Estate office, Burbank, represented Lillard and Helm in their purchase and sale; Rick Chimienti of DBL Beverly Hills had the listing and represented the sellers in buying down the street.