Start the move-out countdown

Times Staff Writer

Radio personality Rick Dees, who recently launched a Latino-focused version of his longtime “Weekly Top 40 Countdown” show, and his wife, comedian and actress Julie McWhirter, are saying adios to their Toluca Lake home. The asking price is just under $6 million.

The couple spent three years building the home after razing the original house on the property in 1990. That house was built in the 1930s and was once owned by actress Bette Davis.

The newer house has four bedrooms and five bathrooms in slightly more than 7,000 square feet. The interiors are traditional in style with skylights and walnut floors. The kitchen has stainless steel appliances.


Among other features of the gated, half-acre estate, located on a cul-de-sac, are a library/office, media/screening room, pool, spa, built-in barbecue and landscaped grounds.

“Rick Dees’ Weekly Top 40 Con Sabor” (With Flavor) debuted in March on KXOL-FM (96.3). The show, which airs on Sunday mornings over the Spanish Broadcasting System, is expected to be syndicated.

Dees, a Radio Hall of Fame inductee and Hollywood Walk of Fame honoree, hosted the morning drive-time show on KIIS-FM (102.7) from 1982 to 2004. Dees’ “Weekly Top 40 Countdown” is still heard on more than 350 U.S. stations and in 125 countries.

The radio veteran, 56, also helped launch Burn Lounge, an online virtual music store, and is a financial backer and co-founder of Fine Living, an E.W. Scripps Co. cable TV network based in L.A.

Jordan Cohen of Re/Max Olsen, Westlake Village, has the listing.

What about ... a change of scene

Rick Gomez has been doing some business on the home front when not playing Dave, Brian’s business partner on the ABC sitcom “What About Brian.”

The 31-year-old actor sold his Silver Lake home for slightly more than its $939,000 asking price and bought a Los Feliz home for $1.5 million.

The Country English-style Silver Lake house has lake views from a large picture window in the living room. The three-bedroom, 1,600-square-foot house, built in 1926, also has period tiles and light fixtures, a remodeled kitchen with a Wedgewood range, two bathrooms and a two-car garage.

The Spanish-style Los Feliz house, built in 1933, has been completely updated. There are three bedrooms, including a master suite with a sitting area and a private terrace with mountain views. The 2,500-square-foot house also has a new roof and an entry courtyard with a fountain.

Before “What About Brian,” Gomez appeared in the movie “Last Man Running” and the HBO miniseries “Band of Brothers.”

Richard Yohon of Sotheby’s International Realty, Los Feliz, represented Gomez in buying and selling. E. Bradford West of Keller Williams Realty, Westside, had the Los Feliz listing.

He’s not rushing into marriage

Maurice Greene, the 2000 Olympic Games 100-meter-dash champion, plans to wed “probably next year,” he said. In preparation, he has put his Chatsworth home on the market for $3.1 million.

“I listed it because I got engaged and am planning a new life,” said the 31-year-old sprinter, who was dubbed “the world’s fastest man” after he won two gold medals in track and field at the Sydney Games.

He may participate in the 2008 Summer Olympics in Beijing but now represents, as a manager, five NFL players.

He plans to share a new home with his fiancee, Claudia Jordan, a model on the new NBC game show “Deal or No Deal.”

Greene has owned his Chatsworth home, on 2 acres at Indian Springs Estates, for four years. Built in 1991, it is known in the gated community as “The Stream House,” because a creek runs through the property, which also has a pool, spa, two waterfalls, a tennis court, a basketball area, a built-in barbecue and a 900-bottle wine cellar.

The 7,000-square-foot house has four bedrooms, 5 1/2 bathrooms and a great room/theater with a fireplace, billiards room, office and maid’s quarters. The master bedroom has a balcony.

Barbara Bennett of Re/Max on the Boulevard, Calabasas, has the listing.

Shooting for a different location

David Permut, producer of “Face/Off” (1997) and “Dragnet” (1987), has put his Wilshire Corridor condo on the market at close to $1.4 million.

“My black lab, Mollie, decided it was time for a yard,” Permut said, “so I’m moving into a house after many years in the corridor.”

His Wilshire condo has two bedrooms and 2 1/2 bathrooms in 1,700 square feet. It comes fully furnished at extra cost.

The unit has hardwood floors, marble flooring, a fireplace, a balcony, crown moldings, a breakfast bar and a formal entry. There are city-to-ocean views.

The 50-unit, four-story, full-service building in Westwood has valet parking, a concierge and security features, including controlled-access elevators and a gated garage. The complex was built in 1981.

Permut’s production company, Permut Presentations, is based in Beverly Hills. Among the company’s upcoming film projects is “Farce of the Penguins,” a parody of the Oscar-winning documentary.

Noelle Renee Gayral of Coldwell Banker, Beverly Hills East, has the listing on the condo.