It’s her Westside sequel

Times Staff Writer

Oscar-winning actress Nicole Kidman has come back to Brentwood, where she lived for years before splitting with Tom Cruise in 2001.

Kidman, who won a lead actress Academy Award in 2003 for her role in “The Hours,” and her husband, country music singer Keith Urban, are settling into a $7-million, contemporary-style home, where they expect to welcome their first child together in July.

Kidman, 40, has two other children, whom she adopted with Cruise, and owns a house in Sydney, Australia, where she was raised. Urban, 40, was born in New Zealand.

The 5,600-square-foot Brentwood house, built in 1964, has five bedrooms, 4 1/2 bathrooms, walls of glass, city views, rolling lawns, koi ponds and the privacy of living at the end of a cul-de-sac.


Kidman sold the last home she had in the neighborhood about four years ago for $10.5 million, area realty agents said.

The actress isn’t giving up her film career for motherhood; in fact, she has agreed to star in a movie as Valerie Plame, the CIA agent illegally outed by the White House.

Running home to Rancho Mirage

Coco Crisp, of the 2007 World Series champions the Boston Red Sox, has purchased a $3-million getaway in a gated Rancho Mirage community.

The home has four bedrooms and seven bathrooms in 8,500 square feet, with a pool, a spa, a waterfall, a two-room master-bedroom suite, his-and-her bathrooms, a wet bar, a media room, three fireplaces and an air-conditioned garage.

The 28-year-old center fielder is known for his defensive skills in the outfield and his speed on the base paths.

And he has a humorous nickname. His great-grandmother called him “Co,” which is short for his real name, Covelli. His siblings “got a whiff of the cereal” (Cocoa Krispies) and started calling him Coco, he said. In Double A baseball, he started using Covelli “Coco” Crisp as his name.

Where sci-fi film memories echo


The former Los Feliz home of Universal Studios staff composer Herman Stein and his wife, Anita, has come on the market at $1,049,000.

The composer died at age 91 on March 15, 2007, and the listing became effective the same day in 2008, observed listing agent Richard Stanley of Coldwell Banker Real Estate in Los Feliz.

Herman Stein’s work includes the scores of nearly 200 films, but he was best known for creating background music for many 1950s sci-fi horror classics -- “The Incredible Shrinking Man,” “It Came From Outer Space” and “Creature From the Black Lagoon.”

Anita Stein, who died in 2001, was a violist with the Los Angeles Philharmonic.


The one-story 1961 home, which offers city and mountain views, has two bedrooms, two bathrooms and a convertible den in 1,869 square feet.

The post-and-beam home is in “unspoiled, original condition,” the Multiple Listing Service noted.

The sale must be approved in Probate Court.

French opulence on Malibu bluff


A 10,000-square-foot French Regency-style compound on a 1.5-acre ocean bluff in Malibu has been sold for $14 million.

The house, built in 2002, has six bedrooms and seven bathrooms, two guesthouses, coastline views, a glass mosaic pool, a tennis court, a 1,500-square-foot master bedroom, heated mosaic floors and a private staircase to the beach.

Jim and Eleanor Randall of Bradbury bought the property as their summer home.

He is in the aerospace rivet industry. Recipients of the Randalls’ philanthropy have included Huntington Hospital, the USC School of Social Work and Mount San Antonio College, where the planetarium is named for them.


They also have been involved with Flintridge Preparatory School, where the Randall Performing Arts Center is named in their honor.

Marc DiGennaro of Lee & Associates represented the Randalls in the purchase. The sellers were represented by Irene Dazzan-Palmer of Coldwell Banker, Malibu East.--