Room for a Vegas show, girl

Times Staff Writer

There’s always been something larger than life about Raquel Welch, who has put her generously sized Beverly Hills area home on the market for $4.5 million.

Welch, who plays an ex-Las Vegas showgirl opposite Burt Reynolds in the upcoming comedy “Forget About It,” has owned the house only since 2002, but she’s apparently ready for a change.

For the record:

12:00 a.m. Sept. 9, 2005 For The Record
Los Angeles Times Friday September 09, 2005 Home Edition Main News Part A Page 2 National Desk 1 inches; 37 words Type of Material: Correction
Raquel Welch home -- The Hot Property column in Sunday’s Real Estate section said the Beverly Hills home Raquel Welch recently put on the market was purchased by the actress in 2002. Welch purchased it in 1997.
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Raquel Welch home -- The Aug. 28 Hot Property column reported that the Beverly Hills home Raquel Welch recently put on the market was purchased by the actress in 2002. She purchased it in 1997.

Or maybe just something smaller? The 8,000-square-foot house has 10 -- yes, 10 -- bathrooms.

Everything about the place was done large: The gated villa has a two-story entry with a sweeping staircase, a living room with 14-foot ceilings opening to a terrace, a huge outdoor living room with a fireplace, and enormous, two-story closets that would make even Imelda Marcos blush.


The home also has five bedrooms, a maid’s quarters, formal dining room and a chef’s-style gourmet kitchen. Welch, 64, gained fame as a pinup girl when she wore a fur bikini in the 1966 movie “One Million Years B.C.” She made her Broadway debut in 1981, succeeding Lauren Bacall in “Woman of the Year.” And in 1997, she replaced Julie Andrews in “Victor/Victoria” on Broadway.

Since then, Welch has had a supporting role in the movie “Legally Blonde” and co-starred with Hector Elizondo in the movie “Tortilla Soup,” a remake of “Eat Drink Man Woman,” set in L.A.'s Latino community. She also played Aunt Dora on the TV series “American Family” (2002-04), starring Edward James Olmos and Sonia Braga.

Brett Lawyer at Sotheby’s International Realty, Sunset Strip, has the listing.

He’s investigating Hancock Park

Neal McDonough, who will costar in Steven Spielberg’s upcoming Clint Eastwood-directed film “Flags of Our Fathers,” has listed his two-bedroom Hollywood Hills home of about three years at $869,000, and he has purchased a five-bedroom Hancock Park home for $2.7 million. McDonough played Dr. Stephen Connor in the NBC series “Medical Investigation.”

The 1,268-square-foot Spanish-style house he’s selling was built in 1966. It has plantation shutters and treetop views and a yard with a spa, a bar and a fire pit. The home also has a two-car garage.

The 1922 house he bought has four bathrooms in slightly more than 4,000 square feet. There is also a small guesthouse.

McDonough, 39, starred as the alcoholic district attorney David McNorris in the NBC crime series “Boomtown.” He costarred with Tom Cruise in the film “Minority Report” (2002) and played 1st Lt. Lynn “Buck” Compton in the HBO miniseries “Band of Brothers” (2001).

Frank Barbano at Keller Williams Realty has the listing.

Over the rainbow, Rat Pack style

Judy Garland and Sammy Davis Jr. had at least one thing in common: a house in the Sunset Plaza area of West Hollywood.

Garland and Vincente Minnelli owned the home as newlyweds in the 1940s. They brought their daughter, Liza, home there as a newborn.

In the ‘60s, the 5,000-square-foot house was purchased by Davis, who added an 1,100-square-foot guesthouse and entertained the rest of the Rat Pack there.

Now, the home is owned by Hyon Chough, an artist and furniture designer who also owns Blueprint Furniture. Chough, who refurbished the home while owning it for about 10 years, wants to move on and redo a modern-style house.

The Garland-Davis main house, described as 1940s Hollywood Glamour Traditional in style, has four bedrooms, three bathrooms and a swimmer’s pool surrounded by gardens and terraces. The guesthouse, with a two-story great room, is midcentury modern in design. The asking price is just under $5 million.

Peter Maurice and Tregg Rustad of Coldwell Banker, Beverly Hills, have the listing.


in her next move

Things are going swimmingly for model-actress Estella Warren when it comes to her home above the Sunset Strip. The 26-year-old Canadian beauty has sold it for $2.6 million and is moving to the Westside.

Warren’s former home has three bedrooms and 3 1/2 bathrooms in about 3,400 square feet. She had owned the three-story property for five years.

The home was built in 1939 but updated in the late ‘70s by architect Frank Gehry. The house has an office or creative space, city views, a pool and a large deck.

Warren won three national championships as a synchronized swimmer before she became a model at 17. She became the new face of Chanel No. 5, then appeared in the movie “Driven” (2001) as a woman who adds fuel to the rivalry between two race-car drivers.

The same year, she appeared in Tim Burton’s film “Planet of the Apes.” She was featured in “The Cooler” with William H. Macy in 2003. This year, she is expected to play Jon Bon Jovi’s love interest in “National Lampoon’s The Trouble With Frank.”

Jonah Wilson of Sotheby’s International Realty, Sunset Strip, represented the buyer; Brett Lawyer, of the same office, had the listing.

Plenty of room, and all that jazz

Carolyn Bivens, hired in June as the first female commissioner in the 55-year history of the Ladies Professional Golf Assn. tour, and her husband, William, an automotive executive, have sold their home on the Westside for $2.5 million, public records show.

The couple is moving to Florida. The LPGA is based in Daytona Beach.

Jarron Collins, 26, a center with basketball’s Utah Jazz, has bought the five-bedroom, 5,000-square-foot Mediterranean-style home.

The house, which was built in 1999, features an open floor plan and a living room with high ceilings -- good thing, since Collins is 6-foot-11.

Collins and his wife, Elsa, an attorney, might want to hold dinner meetings and other food-oriented gatherings in their new home -- it has a gourmet kitchen with high-end appliances. The house also includes a service entrance, a formal dining room and a landscaped yard with a barbecue and entertaining area. The property also has city and mountain views.

The NBA player attended Stanford with his twin brother, Jason, who now plays with the New Jersey Nets.

Carolyn Bivens, 52, is replacing Ty M. Votaw, a seven-year veteran, as commissioner of the tour. She is the seventh commissioner in the tour’s history.

Steven Moritz and Richard Stearns of Sotheby’s International Realty represented the sellers, according to the Multiple Listing Service.