Beverly Hills will be her next pit stop

Times Staff Writer

Jennifer Aniston is making her first home purchase since she and Brad Pitt parted ways.

The Emmy-winning actress is buying a house in Beverly Hills for $15 million. The home, designed in the early 1970s by architect Hal Levitt, is being rebuilt and entered escrow while in construction. The one-story house, on half an acre, has six bedrooms and seven bathrooms in 9,000-plus square feet, according to public records. Levitt, whose trademark is gray-and-black-onyx terrazzo floors, is popular with the celebrity crowd.

Others who have owned homes designed by the Modernist are the Olsen twins; Darren Star, creator of the HBO show “Sex and the City,” and Norman Cousins, the late writer, philosopher and editor of the Saturday Review of Literature.

Since Aniston and her actor husband called it quits, she has been leasing a two-bedroom home with 50 feet of beachfront in Malibu. The house rents in the vicinity of $25,000 to $30,000 a month on a year’s lease. Rent on the property would skyrocket to $100,000 a month or more in July and August on a month-to-month lease.


Aniston often walks her dogs on the beach and barbecues in the rental’s kitchen with “Friends” pal and Malibu neighbor Courteney Cox Arquette.

Aniston and Pitt finalized their divorce a year ago. Before marrying in 2000, Aniston owned a small home in the Hollywood Hills. In April of this year, the couple sold their Wallace Neff-designed Beverly Hills home for close to its $24.95-million asking price.

Her split from Pitt was followed by “The Break-Up” and “Rumor Has It.” Headlines? No, movies in which she starred. Aniston denied rumors that she and Vince Vaughn -- her romantic interest in “The Break-Up” -- were planning a wedding on the beach.

Aniston, 37, is making her moviedirecting debut this month at a Glamour magazine event with the short film “Room 10.” She has costarred in a number of films since “Friends” ended in May 2004.


He takes ball and runs out of Malibu

Michael Klein, son of former San Diego Chargers owner Eugene V. Klein, has sold his Malibu Colony home for close to $28 million.

The remodeled house, built in 1980, has five bedrooms and six bathrooms in about 7,000 square feet. It also has a gated motor-court entry, a beach-side swimming pool, a gym and an ocean-side master-bedroom suite with a deck.

Michael Klein had owned the property since August 1999.

Klein’s father died at age 69 in 1990. He made a fortune in diverse business ventures that included automobile sales, real estate, movie production and book publishing. Besides owning the Chargers for 18 years, Eugene Klein owned horses that won 11 championships. His horse Winning Colors won the Kentucky Derby in 1988.

Stephen Shapiro and Kurt Rappaport had the listing at Westside Estate Agency, Beverly Hills, and James Rapf of Pritchett-Rapf & Associates, Malibu, represented the buyer, according to the Multiple Listing Service.

Hoag plot includes living in Palisades

Tami Hoag, bestselling novelist and international dressage rider, has galloped into bigger circles, you might say. She has purchased a Pacific Palisades home for $3.5 million.


She now has listed her former home, in Westlake Village, at close to $2.5 million. Neither home is zoned for horses, however.

The two-story, Tuscan-inspired Mediterranean in Westlake Village has four bedrooms and 2 1/2 bathrooms in 4,000 square feet. It has a master-bedroom suite with a dual fireplace, two walk-in closets and a balcony with city, mountain and valley views.

It was a quiet place for Hoag to work on her novel “Kill the Messenger,” which made the New York Times’ bestsellers list.

Luzette Vidall of Coldwell Banker Regional, Westlake Village, has the listing.

Tempo change for Mancini’s home

They say you can never go home again, but Ginny Mancini, widow of Oscar-winning composer Henry Mancini, might want to pay a visit in the next few months to what had been their Holmby Hills residence for 14 years.

After her husband died at age 70 in 1994, Mancini sold the gated tennis estate, built for the couple in 1980. The 10,000-square-foot house will come back on the market updated and with a higher price tag.

It’s one of two properties purchased by investor Michael Hahn to develop with John Bersci, who is known for high-end projects including the restoration of comic actor Buster Keaton’s Beverly Hills estate.


Hahn bought the former Mancini home for $10.5 million. After he and Bersci rebuild it, the house is expected to be listed at $22 million. Hahn also purchased a contemporary on Doheny Road for about $7 million to renovate.

Stephen Resnick of Westside Estate Agency, Beverly Hills, represented Hahn on both purchases.

Price includes the Baltzer touch

Summer Baltzer, co-host of the HGTV show “Design on a Dime,” has listed her Huntington Beach home at $895,000.

“The house is a perfect example of what you can do if you know where to shop,” said listing agent Jo-Ann Hawley.

The recently remodeled, 1,850-square-foot house has four bedrooms, two bathrooms, a living room, a master-bedroom suite and a gourmet kitchen with a center island. Outside features are a pool, spa and entertainment bar with a barbecue and a stereo.

Hawley has the listing at First Team Realty in south Huntington Beach.