Loni Anderson is the latest person in the entertainment industry to discover Jon Goldstein.
Goldstein has been developing custom homes in the Sherman Oaks, Studio City and Encino areas for 21 years. He estimates that he has sold more than 60% of his homes to people in the entertainment industry, including a vice president of Universal Studios and Rodney Carrington, star of the ABC comedy series “Rodney.”
Anderson, who is perhaps best known for her role as receptionist Jennifer Marlowe on the sitcom “WKRP in Cincinnati,” saw Goldstein building homes in Sherman Oaks, south of Ventura Boulevard, and practically hired him on the spot.
The home Anderson is buying for her own residence is still under construction and in escrow, expected to close shortly. The price was close to $2 million.
Described by Goldstein as Montecito-style, the Sherman Oaks home sits on a 10,000-square-foot lot and has five bedrooms and 5 1/2 bathrooms in 4,300 square feet. The gated home also has a pool, spa, outdoor fireplace and barbecue on a private patio.
After her sitcom ended in 1982, Anderson kept busy on TV in a series of specials and TV movies. She played Hollywood film stars Thelma Todd and Jayne Mansfield in TV biopics. She married actor Burt Reynolds in 1988 and adopted a son with him but filed for divorce in 1993.
Corey L. Brown and Ken Marker of Coldwell Banker, Studio City, have the listing, and Diane McClure of the same office represents the actress.
In Malibu, he will entertain his muse
British writer-director-producer Duncan Roy, who was nominated for a British film award as the most promising newcomer in 2002, has purchased an inspirational setting in Malibu for writing his screenplays.
It’s a two-bedroom, two-bathroom post-and-beam home built in 1973 on slightly more than an acre. The house has walls of glass, canyon and ocean views, and terraced gardens featuring hundreds of different plants, including shrubs and cactus, as well as fruit and palm trees.
The selling price was nearly $1.4 million. The house is one of a few in the Hume Road area of Malibu to survive the 1992 fires. Duncan previously lived in Hollywood near Outpost Estates and the Magic Castle.
Among his films are “The Picture of Dorian Gray"(2006), an adaptation of the Oscar Wilde novel starring David Gallagher of the TV series “7th Heaven.”
Chris Cortazzo of Coldwell Banker Malibu had the listing; Corey Nelson of Sotheby’s, Sunset, represented Roy.
Looking for a change of scenery
Daniel Loren May, set decorator for “CSI: Miami,” has put his Sherman Oaks home on the market for close to $3 million. The Spanish hacienda-style home was designed by his son Nick May.
The 3,800-square-foot home has Valley views, four bedrooms, four bathrooms, a pool and a spa.
The set decorator is an empty-nester planning to scale down, although not necessarily out of the area. “CSI: Miami” is shot on a soundstage in Manhattan Beach, with exterior shots in Miami and Long Beach.
The home is listed in the Studio City office of Rodeo Realty.
A ‘GH’ original makes his exit
Joe Behar has retired as a director of the daytime drama “General Hospital” and is moving with his wife, Carolyn, to Manhattan Beach. They plan on leasing out their Santa Monica home for $15,000 a month.
The Santa Monica house was built for the multiple-Emmy winner in 1987 and comes fully furnished, including carpets and antiques.
Behar, who won the Directors Guild of America award for “The Ernie Kovacs Show,” traces his involvement with “General Hospital” to 1963, when he directed the pilot. He was also a director for “Let’s Make a Deal.”
Mary Beth Woods of the Brentwood office of Coldwell Banker has the listing.
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