Ex-Angel Wings It From Bel-Air

Times Staff Writer

Actress Farrah Fawcett has sold her five-bedroom Bel-Air home for nearly $2.7 million.

Fawcett, 52, stars in the CBS movie “Silk Hope,” set to air in October. She played Robert Duvall’s wife in the movie “The Apostle” (1997).

For the record:

12:00 a.m. Sept. 12, 1999 For the Record
Los Angeles Times Sunday September 12, 1999 Home Edition Real Estate Part K Page 4 Real Estate Desk 1 inches; 13 words Type of Material: Correction
Hot Property-- Efrem Zimbalist Jr.’s name was misspelled in the Sept. 5 Hot Property column.

The former “Charlie’s Angels” star and her then-husband, actor Lee Majors, bought the house in 1976. Built in 1950, the 9,000-square-foot house is on 3 acres behind gates.

Fawcett has another L.A.-area home with three bedrooms in 2,300 square feet. It is on the market at $1.65 million. She is thinking about relocating to smaller quarters in the Southland.


Grammy-nominated Allen Sides, who owns recording studios in Los Angeles and Nashville, and his wife, Anne, bought Fawcett’s larger home. He was nominated for a Grammy this year as an engineer-mixer on “Iris” by the Goo Goo Dolls.

Sides and his wife just sold their Encino home for $1.8 million. That house was owned from 1958 until 1995 by actor Ephrem Zimbalist Jr. Built in 1934, the home is on 2 acres and has stables and a small lake.

Paul Czako of Hilton & Hyland, Beverly Hills, handled Fawcett’s transaction and represented Allen and Anne Sides in selling their former residence.


An 8.5-acre Holmby Hills compound has come on the market at $58.9 million, one of the highest asking prices for a private residence in the United States.

The compound, owned by an international financier, consists of two adjacent parcels, each with a former celebrity-owned home on it.

One of the homes was owned in the ‘70s by Sonny and Cher. Earlier it was owned by actor Tony Curtis. The other home was once owned by actress-swimmer Esther Williams. Both parcels are at the end of a cul-de-sac and border the Los Angeles Country Club.


The house once owned by Sonny and Cher is an Italian-style mansion and has more than 40 rooms in 12,000 square feet. Built in 1936, it was sold after World War II to film pioneer Joseph M. Schenck, then a 20th Century Fox executive producer. The home has a guest cottage where Marilyn Monroe stayed as Schenck’s occasional guest in the early ‘50s.

Esther Williams’ former house, a Spanish-style mansion, has seven bedrooms in 8,300 square feet. It was built in 1925 by Edwin Janss, a developer of Westwood Village. Gordon Kaufmann was the architect. Janss’ family sold the estate after World War II.

A third home on the cul-de-sac is available in the $5-million range, and would bring the compound size to almost 10 acres. It is owned by singer Engelbert Humperdinck. Built by singer Rudy Vallee in 1935, the house also was owned at one time by the late actress Jayne Mansfield.

The largest sale on the Westside to date was David Geffen’s $47.5-million cash purchase of movie mogul Jack Warner’s 9-acre Beverly Hills estate in 1990.

Drew Mandile and Brooke Knapp of Sotheby’s International Realty, Beverly Hills, have the $58.9-million listing, other sources said.

Scott Sassa, NBC West Coast president, has purchased a Holmby Hills estate owned during the ‘50s and ‘60s by actor Vincent Price. The home sold for just under $6.7 million.


Built in 1926, the estate is on about 1.8 acres behind gates. The home has a pool, cabana, tennis court, gym and guest house. There are three bedrooms in the main house. There is also an art studio with a 12-foot ceiling.

There are heated marble floors in the 11 baths, and two refrigerated wine cellars, the larger capable of holding 1,000 bottles.

Jeff Hyland of Hilton & Hyland, Beverly Hills, and Joe Babajian and Judy Cycon of Fred Sands Estates, Beverly Hills, had the listing while June Scott of June Scott Estates, a Coldwell Banker company, represented the buyer, other sources said.

A Beverly Hills lot that was once the croquet court of late movie mogul Sam Goldwyn has been sold for about $4 million to a local businessman who plans to build a house there.

The 2.1-acre property, across the street from Goldwyn’s former estate, was listed and sold by Raymond Bekeris of John Bruce Nelson & Associates.

John “J.T.” Walker, a production designer for the TV series “Dawson’s Creek,” has purchased a home in Studio City for $550,000.


The 2,000-square-foot home was built in the ‘60s. Walker just finished remodeling the house, which he gutted before escrow closed.

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