Slugger Connects in Pacific Palisades


L.A. Dodger Shawn Green, the left-handed power hitter who was acquired in a trade Nov. 9 with the Toronto Blue Jays, has purchased a newly built house in Pacific Palisades for close to its $3.9-million asking price.

Green, 27, was raised in Orange County and graduated from Tustin High School. His father, Ira, operates a school called the Baseball Academy in Santa Ana. Shawn Green owns other properties in Newport Beach.

The all-star right fielder signed a six-year $84-million contract with the Dodgers. He will receive $16 million in the fifth and sixth years of the deal.


Last year, he had 42 homers, 123 runs batted in and a .309 batting average. He led the American League in total bases, extra-base hits and doubles.

He bought a 6,000-square-foot home with six bedrooms, ocean views and a guest house.

Steve Mitchell of Coast Newport Properties, Newport Beach, represented the ballplayer in his purchase.

Jody Fine of Fred Sands Estates, Pacific Palisades, had the listing.


Robert Conrad, who starred in the NBC series “High Sierra Search and Rescue,” has listed his mountain estate in the eastern Sierra at Bear Valley at just under $1.9 million.

Conrad, who found fame in the ‘60s in the ABC series “Hawaiian Eye” and the CBS series “The Wild Wild West,” appears with Kelsey Grammer in the upcoming movie “The New Jersey Turnpikes.” A release date has not been set.

“I’m going to downsize from 7,000 to 2,500 square feet in the same area,” he said. He also plans to have another house built while he goes to France for a year.

He and his family moved into their mountain estate, which he calls a lodge, in 1983. The house, on two lots with mountain views, has seven bedrooms, including three in a separate guest wing.

“It was great,” he said of the house. “We raised three children there.”

But now he wants a change. “I’ll be 65 in March, and I’m sorting out my priorities. But if it doesn’t sell, it won’t change my plans to build or go to France. It would just mean that my kids could go there [to the lodge] to ski.”

Goran Berglund at Bear Valley Real Estate has the listing.


Kevin Allyn, president of merchandising and worldwide licensing for King World, and his wife, Robyn, have purchased a Toluca Lake home for close to its asking price of $1.9 million.

The King World executive, 46, has been in the entertainment business most of his life and previously headed his own company, managing a number of personalities, including Cheryl Ladd, and producing concerts for Van Halen, the Beach Boys and the Monkees.

King World is the syndication giant behind such TV programs as “Oprah,” “Wheel of Fortune” and “Jeopardy!”

The Allyns’ new home, formerly owned by “Cheers” writer Bill Steinkellner, was leased during the last two years to actor Robert Urich. Among their neighbors are director Garry Marshall and actor Alan Thicke. A home built for Bing Crosby, later owned by actor Andy Griffith and then actor Jerry Van Dyke, is also nearby.

Built in 1936, the Allyns’ six-bedroom home, on slightly more than an acre, has a 5,000-square-foot main house plus a guest house, pool and a tennis court that can double as a basketball court. The couple have three children.


Caroline Styne, co-owner with Suzanne Goin of the hot new Melrose Avenue restaurant Lucques, and her husband, Michael Kohn of the Kohn-Turner Gallery in West Hollywood, have sold their Hollywood Hills home and purchased a Hancock Park house.

They sold their one-story post-and-beam house, built in the ‘50s, for just under $500,000 and bought a two-story Spanish-style home for more than $600,000.

Beth Styne of Coldwell Banker’s Beverly Hills South office represented the couple in their sale and purchase. Bridget Martens of Sotheby’s, Beverly Hills, represented the buyer for their former home. Lisa Hutchins of Coldwell Banker, Hancock Park, had the Hancock Park listing.


Bernard Briskin, chief executive of the holding company whose Arden-Mayfair subsidiary operates Gelson’s and Mayfair supermarkets, has put the Sunset Strip-area home of his late mother, Sara, on the market at $1.15 million.

Built in 1951, the three-bedroom 2,500-square-foot house was one of three guest houses on the late director George Cukor’s estate. The director rented and then sold the house to Briskin’s mother after Briskin’s father, Sam, died in 1968. Sam Briskin was a top executive at Columbia Pictures.

The house, which also has a courtyard entry and a den, is listed with Leah and Tom Steuer of Prudential-John Aaroe, Beverly Hills.

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