~ Updated ~
April 21, 2002
- Tracking The Big Cats -
Beverly Hills Court
Lures Tennis Pro
-- Tennis champ Pete Sampras has purchased a Beverly Hills home
in the mid-$8-million range, according to real estate sources not
involved in the deal.
The house wasn't on the market, but Sampras
was said to have been drawn to it by its quiet tennis court.
8,000-square-foot-plus house on slightly more than an acre with
a swimming pool was described as being in need of refurbishing.
The house, with seven bathrooms, was built in the 1930s. Sampras
owns a smaller but newer home with a tennis court on 1.5 acres in
Benedict Canyon, where he and his wife, actress Bridgette Wilson,
were married in fall 2000. Sampras, 30, bought that property in
He has been called the greatest tennis player
of the '90s. He has won a record 13 Grand Slams, but, last year,
he had his worst season in a decade, finishing at No. 10, his lowest
ranking since 1989. Sampras was one of the top three players in
the world for nine straight years before 2001.
Last year was also the first since 1992
that he didn't win at least one major championship, but he had a
strong run at the U.S. Open when he became the first player to beat
three former champions consecutively at the tournament.
He recently changed coaches and now plans
to play in the Davis Cup. He also signed up as an investor and spokesman
for the Tennis Channel.
"Wheel of Fortune" hostess Vanna White
has purchased a home in the Beverly Hills area for close to its
$4.8-million asking price.
Built in 1992, the three-story villa, in
a gated community, has two guest suites, three bedrooms and a master
suite. The home, on 1.3 acres, also has five fireplaces, large verandas
and a pool.
White, 44, separated from her husband, restaurateur
George Santa Pietro, in November. They were married Dec. 31, 1990.
White has been a hostess and letter-turner
on "Wheel of Fortune" since 1982, when Merv Griffin chose her from
more than 200 other hopefuls for the job. Last March she signed
another contract to extend her run on the show through 2006. She
also appears on the Home Shopping Network.
Actor Lee Majors has sold his Fort Lauderdale,
Fla., penthouse for $1 million and moved into his new Las Vegas
condo with his fiancee, model Faith Noelle.
Majors had been living in Fort Lauderdale
since 1991. He moved back to the West to be closer to his work,
sources have said. His mother, who lived in Boca Raton, died last
The Las Vegas condo is in a high-rise Turnberry
Place development. The asking price for a unit comparable to Majors'
One of the biggest two-bedroom homes in
the project, the 2,200-square-foot unit has a spa and a private
wrap-around glass balcony with a view of the Strip. Each condo in
the project has a private elevator entry.
Majors' unit is one of 185 in the first
of four 40-story towers to be built. The two- to four-bedroom condos
range from $500,000 to more than $5.25 million.
Majors, best known for his starring roles
in the ABC series "The Six Million Dollar Man" (1973-78) and "The
Fall Guy" (1981-85), appears in the movie "Out Cold," a comedy for
Spyglass/Disney studios, and in "Big Fat Liar" for Universal Films.
No date has been set yet for a wedding to
Noelle, 27. She has been Majors' companion for about seven years.
A member of the Walton family, heirs of
the late Sam Walton (founder of Wal-Mart), has purchased a property
adjacent to a Bel-Air home she bought in October for $20 million.
The property has a house on it that was
described as "basically a teardown." The buyer was known to want
the 1.7-acre site, which she purchased for $6 million, as a buffer
to give her more privacy.
The home she bought in October had belonged
to Freddy DeMann, Madonna's former manager and co-founding partner
of Maverick Records, and his wife, Candy.
The Art Deco-style home has five
bedrooms, including a 2,000-square-foot master suite, in 20,000
square feet. The house, with a pool and a tennis court, is on three
acres with city-to-ocean views.
Michael Collins of Coldwell Banker, Beverly
Hills East, represented the Walton heir in buying, sources said,
and Joe Babajian and Kyle Grasso of Prudential Estate Properties,
Beverly Hills, represented the seller of the adjacent property.
Brian K. Roberts, a prolific TV director
and editor who also co-wrote the book "L.A. Shortcuts: A Guidebook
for Drivers Who Hate to Wait," has listed his Hollywood Hills home
Roberts bought the house when he was single. Now married with three
children, he and his wife, Danielle, have decided to move to a larger
home in Burbank.
The mid-century modern-style home in the
Hollywood Hills has three bedrooms in slightly more than 1,500 square
feet. The remodeled home has an updated kitchen, expansive walls
of glass and a free-form pool with spa. The property has canyon
and mountain views.
Roberts has directed episodes of "Everybody
Loves Raymond," "The Drew Carey Show" and "Sabrina, the Teenage
Witch." He was an editor on "The Best of the Tracey Ullman Show"
(1990) and for an episode of "The Simpsons."
Gary Bergevin and Tess Nelson of Prudential
John Aaroe & Associates, Los Feliz, have the listing.
David Barenholtz, owner of Apex Fine Art
(a Los Angeles gallery specializing in 20th century American photojournalism),
and his partner, Randy Arnold, vice president of advertising and
direct marketing for Universal Studios Home Video, have sold the
Nichols Canyon home they bought last year from actress Milla Jovovich.
Jovovich sold the home to them for $730,000.
It sold this time for slightly more than $1 million after an extensive
refurbishing by Barenholtz and Arnold.
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