It’s time that this Jack hits the road

Times Staff Writer

Sean Hayes, who played Jack McFarland in the NBC sitcom “Will & Grace,” must have gotten word that the housing slump hasn’t hurt sales in the upper tiers of the market. He has listed his Hancock Park home at close to $9 million, according to area real estate agents.

The house, built in 1930, has four bedrooms and five bathrooms in 5,700 square feet. The gated, English Country-style home also has an English garden, manicured grounds and an outdoor fireplace -- great for alfresco dining.

There is a living room with bay windows, a formal dining room with walnut floors and crown moldings, and a cook’s kitchen with a butler’s pantry, family room/media room and library/study overlooking the pool.


The master bedroom suite has a fireplace and French windows. The master bathroom has white marble floors and a Juliet balcony. There are two other en suite bedrooms, a separate guesthouse and an office.

Hayes, 37, appeared in the recent comedy-drama “The Bucket List,” in which Jack Nicholson and Morgan Freeman portray two men dying of cancer who meet when sharing a hospital room.

In “Will & Grace,” he played a gay friend of lawyer Will Truman, a role performed by Eric McCormack. Debra Messing played interior decorator Grace Adler, Will’s roommate, and Megan Mullally played Karen Walker, a tipsy socialite.

Each of the costars won an Emmy (Mullally won two), and the show won 16 Emmys during its 1998-2006 run.

Maya outpost in Rancho Mirage

Six months ago, Stan Jolley, a movie art director, a TV producer-director and one of the original designers of Disneyland, took working at home to a new level.

That’s when he purchased and started a major restoration -- now nearing completion -- of a Maya-themed home in Rancho Mirage.

Jolley bought the 22,000-square-foot house for $7.7 million, according to public records. He estimates he has spent about $1.25 million on the interior and exterior, plus $2.25 million on furnishings.

The six-bedroom, nine-bathroom house sits on 7 acres at the top of the gated community of Thunderbird Heights. It is the highest-elevation home in Rancho Mirage.

“Some of the residents don’t even know this property is here,” Jolley said, attributing the privacy to a winding, cypress-lined, half-mile drive.

The house was built and designed in the early ‘70s by Modernist Howard Lapham for socialite-sportswoman Maxine Cook. An admirer of Frank Lloyd Wright, Lapham focused on blending ancient Maya and modern design

The house will be Jolley’s residence and will double as the entertainment center, with a game house, for his soon-to-be-announced film company.

Some guest quarters will be provided for those involved in films Jolley shoots in the Palm Springs area. And there are garages for eight cars.

When not scouring antiques stores for original furnishings, Jolley, an octogenarian who has been in the entertainment industry for three generations, has been installing movie memorabilia and original artwork.

Called Cook House, Ichpa-Mayapan, the house has a hand-carved Maya calendar near the front door and hand-carved, redwood entry doors, 14 feet high and 4 feet across. “This house will be here long after we’re gone,” Jolley said.

In Brentwood: big home, big heart

Actor Van Heflin, who won an Oscar for his supporting role in “Johnny Eager” (1942), owned a Brentwood home in the late 1940s that is on the market at close to $6.6 million.

The sellers are Barry and Kathy Silverton. She was named the 23rd District’s Woman of the Year by the state Senate in 2005 for her work starting the Stitches From the Heart charity and nonprofit store in Santa Monica. Volunteers send their handmade items to her, and she ships the items to families in need across the nation.

The traditional-style home, with a tennis court and swimming pool, has a spiral staircase in the foyer. The house has 10 bedrooms and 10 1/2 bathrooms in nearly 13,000 square feet.

Mary Ann Saxon of Coldwell Banker Real Estate, Brentwood West office, has the listing with Sharon Rubel of Coldwell Banker’s Pacific Palisades office.

Some Hollywood stars shone here

John Barrymore, the early stage actor turned screen star who was nicknamed the Great Profile and was a member of “the Royal Family” of Broadway, had a Hollywood Hills-area house built for him in 1936. The villa, in Outpost Estates, is listed at $3.2 million.

It isn’t clear how long the actor lived in the Spanish-style home. He died at age 60 in 1942. After that, orchestra conductor Andre Previn and actors James Coburn and Lee Marvin lived there at various times, said listing agent Verna Cornelius at Keller Williams Realty, Sunset.

The house has four bedrooms and six bathrooms in just under 4,000 square feet. Restored recently, it also has a library, media room, separate guest unit, antique French pavers and extensive tile work.

The rooms have French doors, which open to landscaped patios, and the master-bedroom suite has a fireplace, patio, spa and outside shower.