DJ to pass baton at the Bowl

Times Staff Writer

Legendary DJ, music producer, re-mixer and record mogul Paul Oakenfold will give up one of the most unusual views in the Hollywood Hills when he sells his house, listed at $10 million.

The four-bedroom home includes a private spa and bleachers that have views of the Hollywood Bowl stage.

Imagine: No parking hassle, and the price is right.

His house, on a promontory, has sightlines from almost directly above the Hollywood Bowl to the L.A. Basin and beyond. So he can see the ocean while watching whatever is on stage. It is “a very rare opportunity,” the Multiple Listing Service notes.


French provincial in style, the three-story, 4,500-square-foot house was built in 1949 but was updated a few years ago.

Oakenfold added a recording studio.

The home has offices, a kitchen with a loft; six bathrooms, a master-bedroom suite with a fireplace; a grassy lawn, a pool, a spa and those bleachers, from which to view the Bowl.

London-born Oakenfold, 44, has mixed songs since he was 16 for artists including the Rolling Stones and Snoop Dogg. His own record label is Perfecto.

Mark Goldsmith and Albert Hughes have the listing at Coldwell Banker, Beverly Hills north office, according to the MLS.

Dee-Darin home is cool, Daddy-o

Hotelier Jason Pomeranc has purchased a former Hollywood Hills home of actress Sandra Dee and singer Bobby Darin for about $3 million, and now he has hired Brad Dunning to restore the classic Midcentury showpiece.

The home was built in 1955 and has five bedrooms and 3 1/2 bathrooms in 4,200 square feet.

Pomeranc, 36, is co-owner of a Manhattan-based company that manages hotels, and he owns hotels on both coasts. He intends to remain bicoastal after the Dee-Darin house is restored.

Dunning has worked on other celebrities’ homes, including the residence of Demi Moore and Ashton Kutcher.

Lisa Chamberlain of Sotheby’s International Realty, Los Feliz, represented both sides of the transaction.

A desert shrine to Ol’ Blue Eyes

Frank Sinatra’s desert hideaway, named Villa Maggio for Ol’ Blue Eyes’ Oscar-winning character, Pvt. Angelo Maggio in the movie “From Here to Eternity” (1953), is on the market at close to $5 million.

The compound, on 9 acres in Pinyon Canyon, is in Mountain Center above El Paseo in Palm Desert. Sinatra, who died at 82 in 1998, helped design the 4,800-square-foot home and had it built in 1970. He lived there for 15 years. Current owner Naomi Ritz has lived there for 11 years.

“He would bring his guests, via his jet, into Palm Springs airport,” Ritz said. “Then they were flown up here in his helicopter.”

The property has a helicopter pad and a Midcentury-style lodge of stone and wood. The compound sleeps 16 to 22 people. There is an attached two-bedroom guesthouse, a detached guesthouse and a pool house with a kitchen.

Other features include nine fireplaces, a movie theater, a refrigerated wine closet, a pool, spa, tennis/basketball court, his-and-hers saunas, an outside dance floor and parking for 24 cars.

Ritz kept some of Sinatra’s original furnishings, including his bedroom set and a dining room set. They could be sold in the deal and have been used in the decor.

“I felt it was important to keep it pure Sinatra,” she said.

The singer-actor still figures prominently in the desert.

“We just finished the Sinatra Golf Classic, and the post office tells me the Sinatra stamp will be released in May,” said Rebecca Pikus, who has the listing at Tarbell Realtors, Palm Desert. The 42-cent stamp is expected to be out on May 13.

Choose your dip -- hot or cold

Actress Dedee Pfeiffer, sister of Michelle Pfeiffer, has listed her home in Mandeville Canyon at just under $1.2 million.

She is selling because she is looking for a change, but she is staying in Los Angeles.

The house has three bedrooms and two bathrooms in 1,800 square feet. The ranch-style, one-story home in Brentwood is on a more than 11,000-square-foot landscaped lot with two Japanese-style dipping pools (hot and cold), a serene garden, a grassy area and a stone patio with a sitting area near waterfalls cascading into koi ponds (fish included). The house also features hardwood floors and a breakfast room.

Dedee Pfeiffer, 44, played Rachel Blanders, Cybill Shepherd’s older daughter, on the CBS series “Cybill” from 1995 to ’97.

Robert Radcliffe at Sotheby’s International Realty, Pacific Palisades, has the listing.

He hopes buyers will go gonzo

Gregory Harrison, best known as the playful Dr. G. Alonzo “Gonzo” Gates in the series “Trapper John, M.D.,” has listed his southern Oregon home at $5.9 million.

Harrison has owned the home, in Gold Beach, for nearly 10 years.

The 10,047-square-foot compound has a 5,300-square-foot main house with eight bedrooms and 8 1/2 bathrooms, a separate apartment with two living areas, a lap pool, a shower in the garage to use after surfing and a horse barn. The gated hilltop estate also has ocean and river views. The home, built in 1991 on slightly more than 45 acres, is Cape Cod in style.

Harrison, 57, played the scheming lawyer Billy Flynn in a national tour of “Chicago” and recently wrapped the film “Love N’ Dancing” with Amy Smart and Billy Zane. “Trapper John, M.D.” was on CBS from 1979 to 1985.

Karen Kennedy at Pacific Coastal Real Estate in Gold Beach, Ore., has the listing.--

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