Staking Another Claim on Earth

Times Staff Writer

Actor French Stewart and his wife, actress Katherine LaNasa, have purchased a Hollywood Hills home for just under $2 million, and they are selling their former Hancock Park home in the $600,000 range.

Stewart, 36, plays the oddball alien Harry Solomon in the NBC sitcom “3rd Rock From the Sun.” He voiced Bob in the controversial and short-lived NBC animated series, “God, the Devil and Bob.” He also appeared in the movies “McHale’s Navy” (1997) and “Love Stinks” (1999).

LaNasa, 33, co-stars with Vicki Lewis and A.J. Langer on “Three Sisters,” an NBC comedy series due to air as a midseason replacement. Shooting started in September.

LaNasa, who has appeared on “The Practice” and “Touched by an Angel,” met Stewart when she made a guest appearance on “3rd Rock” in 1996. The former ballet dancer-turned-actress and Stewart were married in May 1998.


The house they bought has four bedrooms in slightly more than 3,000 square feet. Built in the 1930s, the Georgian traditional also has a media room, sauna, pool and spa.

The home they are selling has two bedrooms in about 1,700 square feet. Built in the early 1920s but recently refurbished, the Spanish-style home also has a courtyard with a fountain.

Garrison Key of Key Properties, West Hollywood, had the listing on the house the couple purchased, and Bruce Walker of Prudential John Aaroe Estates, Los Feliz, represented the couple in buying and selling, other sources said.

Actor Nicolas Cage, who sold his Los Feliz home in September, has purchased nearly 400 acres of land in a Malibu canyon for about $10 million, sources have said.


The land has been described as “one of the most spectacular properties” in the area. The site has a few small buildings which are expected to be torn down.

Cage, 36, has a home in Malibu that he has no intention of selling at this time, a source said.

The Oscar-winning actor (“Leaving Las Vegas,” 1995), who stars in the upcoming movies “Family Man” and “Captain Corelli’s Mandolin,” maintains his primary residence in Bel-Air. “Family Man” is due out in December; “Captain Corelli’s Mandolin” wrapped in August.

Actor Patrick Duffy and his wife, Carlyn, have sold their Tarzana home of 22 years for close to its $1.75-million asking price.


Earlier this year, he co-starred with Richard Thomas (John-Boy in “The Waltons”) and British actor Paul Freeman in the London stage production of “Art.” Duffy, 51, played Patrick Ewing on “Dallas” (1978-1991) and Frank Lambert on “Step by Step” with Suzanne Somers (1991-1998).

Carlyn Duffy is writing a novel.

The Duffys have a townhouse in Pacific Palisades and a 600-acre ranch in southern Oregon.

The home they sold is on 1.5 acres and has a four-bedroom, 6,200-square-foot main house, a guest house, staff quarters and a detached office.


Sharon Hills of DBL, Pasadena, had the listing with Nick Segal of DBL, Sunset.

A Montecito home on eight acres with ocean and mountain views has come on the market at $27 million.

Built in the mid- to late 1980s, the Mediterranean-style, 12,000-square-foot villa has high ceilings, expansive rooms and massive beams. The floors were built with antique French tiles, limestone, and heavy wood planks. The villa also has terraces, loggias and balconies looking out at the pool, tennis court and gardens, which have hand-cut sandstone walls and pathways.

The estate has a 4,000-square-foot pool house/entertainment building, a two-bedroom guest house, a two-bedroom staff quarters, sprawling lawns, ponds, fountains, waterfalls and organic orchards with mangoes and papayas. A creek runs through the property.


The sellers, a couple who work behind the scenes in the entertainment business, enjoyed building the home so much that they want to build another. That’s why they decided to sell their current estate.

Randy Solakian of Coldwell Banker Previews, Montecito, has the listing.

EarthLink co-founder Kevin O’Donnell has sold his Malibu home, which he bought from actor Bruce Willis, for close to its asking price of $8.5 million.

O’Donnell listed the house in July because he planned to buy a property in New York, where he intended to spend more time, a spokesman for him said at the time.


The Malibu home, which Willis owned from 1987 until he sold it in March 1999 for about $6.7 million, has five bedrooms in slightly more than 7,000 square feet. The home also has 28-foot ceilings, an atrium, a wine cellar, three fireplaces, two offices, a professional screening room and a pool.

Valerie Fitzgerald of Coldwell Banker Previews, Beverly Hills South, was the listing agent.

Falco de Luca Gabrielli, the consul general of Italy, is moving back to Rome, and has listed his Beverly Hills-area home, which Frank Sinatra Jr. owned for 29 years, at slightly more than $1 million. Sinatra sold the home in 1999.

The Southwestern-style house, with city-to-ocean views, has three bedrooms plus maid’s quarters in about 2,600 square feet.


Kay Pick of Coldwell Banker Previews, Beverly Hills, has the listing.