OK, no more proverbial pressing your nose up against the gates hoping to catch a glimpse of what goes on at the Playboy mansion. Now you can live right next door and spy from the comforts of your own home.
Hugh Hefner and wife Kimberley have listed their personal residence, next to the Playboy mansion in Holmby Hills, for sale at $27,995,000. It’s a Mini-Me to the adjacent party palace, a sister house if you will.
The two-story, 7,300-square-foot English Manor-style home was built in 1929 and bought by the Hefners in 1998. It sits behind private gates on 2.3 acres and has some of the original wood paneling, leaded-glass windows and a hand-carved staircase. There are hand-painted walls, a newly remodeled kitchen with a morning room and butler’s pantry, two staff rooms, formal living and dining rooms, a library and family room. It has five bedrooms and seven bathrooms.
The grounds back up to the Los Angeles Country Club and include a pool. There is room for a tennis court, which would provide the new owner with plenty of excuses to visit next door when a ball errantly finds its way over the wall.
The home was designed by Arthur R. Kelly for the sister of Arthur Letts Jr., the original owner of the Playboy mansion. The Hefners are selling the home because their two sons will soon head to college.
Hugh Hefner, 82, is the founder of Playboy Enterprises. Kimberley Hefner was Playboy’s Playmate of the Month in January 1988 and was Playmate of the Year in 1989.
Joyce Rey and Stacy Gottula of Coldwell Banker Previews International, Beverly Hills, share the listing.
Maybe he’ll toss in a trip to Panama
Ruben Blades -- Grammy-award-winning singer, actor, politician, lawyer and tourism minister of Panama -- just added one more cap: that of home-seller wannabe.
He listed his Windsor Square home for sale at $2.65 million. The property has five bedrooms and 4 1/2 bathrooms in 3,743 square feet. The master bedroom suite has three closets, and the living room has a fireplace.
French doors in the den/family room lead to a vine-covered porch and patio dining area with a barbecue and fire pit. There is a stained-glass window in the dining room and a large eat-in kitchen. The home has dark hardwood floors.
Blades, 60, ran unsuccessfully for the Panamanian presidency in 1994.
He has appeared in dozens of feature films, including “The Milagro Beanfield War” in 1988.
Lisa Hutchins of Coldwell Banker, Hancock Park North office, is the listing agent, according to the Multiple Listing Service.
A musical pause in Beverly Hills
Music executive Randy Spendlove and his wife, model Alecia Guzman, have listed their Beverly Hills home at $4,395,000.
The Mediterranean estate, located in a guard-gated community, has six bedrooms and five bathrooms in 5,622 square feet. The master bedroom has an attached gym. There is a wood-paneled library, a large family room and a two-story entry. The gourmet kitchen has a breakfast nook. The outdoor entertainment area includes a pool, grassy yard, and a cabana with a wood-burning fireplace and barbecue.
Spendlove, the president of music for Paramount Pictures, won a Grammy for the soundtrack to “Chicago.” He previously was head of music for Miramax and worked for A&M; Records. More recently, he worked on the music for “The Curious Case of Benjamin Button” and Steven Spielberg’s “Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull.”
Guzman has appeared in ads for Old Navy and Clairol Herbal Essence shampoo.
Michael Eisenberg of Keller Williams Realty, Beverly Hills, is the listing agent.
Ex-MOCA chief’s latest exhibit
The former director of the Museum of Contemporary Art in Los Angeles is on his way to a new job at Dallas’ Nasher Sculpture Center, so add one more house to the “for sale” listings.
Jeremy Strick, who resigned his Los Angeles job in December, has listed his Westwood-area home at $2.85 million. The Spanish-style house has six bedrooms and 4 1/2 bathrooms in 4,327 square feet.
Built in 1930, it has two walled courtyards and is full of original details. There is a step-down living room with beams, a paneled library with built-in bookcases and a covered patio with an outdoor fireplace.
The home has a pool and spa, a circular driveway, a formal dining room as well as mountain views from the master bedroom suite.
Strick presided over MOCA for the last nine years. The Nasher Sculpture Center, which opened in 2003, had been headed by Steven A. Nash, who resigned to take another position in March 2007.
Linda Janger of Pace Properties, Beverly Hills, has the listing.