He’s back on track in the East

Times Staff Writer

Racing Hall of Fame jockey Kent Desormeaux moved his tack to New York earlier this year and now has sold his La Canada Flintridge estate for nearly its $3-million asking price. “When I moved to California, they had the best racing in the world, but now, there are way more opportunities and much more money available in the East,” the two-time Kentucky Derby winner said on

Desormeaux, 36, lived in Southern California for 16 years. He and his wife, Sonia, bought Sunny Gables, their La Canada Flintridge home, in 2001.

The estate, on almost 2 acres behind gates, was built in 1930 by Robert T. Moore, an ornithologist who kept more than 50,000 exotic birds in aviaries on the property.

The 9,000-square-foot home, refurbished by the Desormeauxes in 2004, has seven bedrooms, nine bathrooms, staff quarters and a guesthouse. The main house has a 32-foot gallery entrance, a floating staircase, a pub, a mahogany-paneled library, a free-standing 16-by-16-foot bank vault that dates from about 1918, an elevator and some secret passageways between rooms. There is also a circular driveway with a large motor court and a portecochere.


The buyers are Sherry Hackney Cade, a film and TV composer who lists “Modern Marvels” and “Forensic Files” among her credits, and her husband, Alan Cade, a principal of Dugan & Associates Construction Management, which oversaw the renovation of City Hall East in downtown L.A.

The Cades have listed their former home, on just under an acre and also behind gates in La Canada Flintridge, at about $2 million. The home, built in 1948 and totally updated in 2004, has a pool, a pool house with a kitchen and a pavilion with a fire pit. The main house has three bedrooms and four bathrooms in 3,400 square feet.

Carol Huston of Sotheby’s International Realty, Rodeo Drive in Beverly Hills, represented the Cades in buying and has their listing.

Now sporting a change of address


“The Best Damn Sports Show Period’s” Tomm Looney has bought a two-bedroom, two-bathroom home in Montecito Heights for $435,000. The 1,200-square-foot house, built in 1965, has hardwood floors and a backyard.

The house originally had three bedrooms, but one was turned into a dining room.

Owen Salkin and Jason Arena of Coldwell Banker, Sunset Strip, represented Looney; Art and Kristina Korvel of Sotheby’s International Realty, Santa Monica, had the listing.

Change is what doctor ordered


Was there something in the drinking water on the set of “General Hospital” that prompted three of the series’ regulars to list their homes for sale?

Jacklyn Zeman, in her 27th year on the daytime drama as nurse Bobbie Spencer, and her husband, real estate developer Glenn Gorden, listed their Malibu home at a shade under $6 million.

The four-bedroom Mediterranean is on slightly more than an acre on Point Dume and has ocean views, a pool, a tennis court and a rose garden. The 7,000-square-foot home includes two detached guesthouses.

Two other “General Hospital” actors -- Tyler Christopher and Derk Cheetwood -- listed their Studio City contemporary at $1.35 million. The two, who are real-life cousins, bought the house as a fixer two years ago and turned it into a walled and gated tropical retreat with three bedrooms and two bathrooms in 1,900 square feet.


Susan Monus at Coldwell Banker, Malibu West, has Zeman’s listing, and Joy Hall at Re/Max on the Boulevard, Studio City, listed the cousins’ home.

Amenities strike all the right notes

Scott Weiss, a musicindustry veteran, has remodeled his home and put it on the market at nearly $4.7 million.

Weiss formerly headed the now-shuttered music agency Electric Artists, which handled the Goo Goo Dolls and Everclear.


Now that he has completed the refurbishing, he and his family plan to move to the Palisades.

The home he listed is in a Beverly Hills neighborhood where Ashton Kutcher and Demi Moore, Jon Voight, Mark Wahlberg and Jon Lovitz live.

The 6,000-plus-square-foot, walled-and-gated house, originally owned by comedian Rita Rudner when it was built in 1992, has a 1,500-square-foot master bedroom suite, 30-foot vaulted ceilings, a commercial-style gym, a media room, a two-story guesthouse and a pool.

Weiss’ home is listed with Jeeb Naiman O’Reilly at Keller Williams Realty, Beverly Hills.


Tuscan villa and a Malibu view

Thousand Peaks, a Tuscan-style villa on 10 acres with a view of the tops of the Santa Monica Mountains, has been sold to Matt Serletic, former chairman of Virgin Records America, and his wife, Ramona, according to records.

Thousand Peaks, with seven bedrooms and 9 1/2 bathrooms in 10,000 square feet in the Malibu hills, sold for close to $6 million. The home, built in 2005, also has a 75-foot-long pool, a wine cellar and a guest/pool house.

Drew Mandile and Brooke Knapp, Sotheby’s International Realty in Beverly Hills, had the listing, and Anne Biglow of Coldwell Banker-Malibu West represented the buyers, the Multiple Listing Service reported.


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