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Reiser's Next Chapter: Homeownerhood

Written by Courtney Ronan on Monday, 09 February 1998 6:00 pm

Paul and Jamie Buchman

Renaissance man Paul Reiser, now in his sixth season with NBC's "Mad About You," has just purchased a gated 17,000-square-foot home in Beverly Hills for approximately $6 million. Barbara Robinson of Dalton, Brown & Long in Beverly Hills had the listing on the home, which had been listed for nearly a year and contains five bedrooms, a master suite, and staff quarters, as well as a projection room. The home was built in 1994 for a musician and his wife, who separated the same year.

Although rumors are flying about a possible end to the humorous travails of Paul and Jamie Buchman, Reiser hardly faces the threat of unemployment if he decides to leave "Mad About You." For starters, there's no escaping Reiser's constant presence on a series of AT&T commercials, all of them reflecting his self-effacing sense of humor. What many fans don't know is that Reiser is also co-creator, executive producers, and a writer for the series. A piano and composition major in college, he also wrote the show's theme song. Reiser is the author of two books, "Couplehood" (1994) and "Babyhood," based on personal experiences; he and his wife are the parents of a son.

It's a wonderful house ... now if we could just do something about that garden

Oscar-nominated stage-and-screen actor Bruce Dern and his wife, Andrea, have just listed their gated estate in Malibu Colony at $6.5 million. The Derns' listing agent is Paula Reddish of Beverly Hills. So why is the couple selling their home of 24 years? It seems the garden on the property is just a tad too small for Andrea. Although she is an artist who loves to paint (particularly roses), her true passion is gardening. Andrea reportedly has spoken for many years of finding a new home that will allow her more space for her hobby.

Laura Dern

Bruce Dern, father of actress Laura Dern (whose mother is actress Diane Ladd), appeared most recently in the 1996 films "Last Man Standing" and "Down Periscope." Now 60 years old, he won an Oscar nomination for his work in the 1978 film "Coming Home."

The Derns' home was built in the 1920s by Oscar-winning director Frank Capra, best known for his work on the James Stewart films "It's a Wonderful Life" and "Mr. Smith Goes to Washington." The Los Angeles Times reports that behind one of the Derns' paintings lies an opening in the wall, which leads to what used to be Capra's projection room.

The 6,100-square-foot home, English Country in style, has four bedrooms, including a master suite with a greenhouse bath and art studio. The home also contains a sleeping loft with a fireplace and deck, and boasts mountain and ocean views, as well as 60 feet of beach frontage.

Cultural exchange

Actress Sherilyn Fenn has sold her Sherman Oaks house for $585,000 to a Disney executive moving back to Los Angeles from London. Fenn, a former Playboy bunny and the starring attraction of the upcoming film "Dangerous Obsession," has moved into a nearby rental home -- but only temporarily, it seems. Fenn reportedly has been bitten by the British bug. While filming "Dangerous Obsession" on the Isle of Man, she began to consider a move to the London area and may do so before long.

The house Fenn sold was built in 1959 on a hillside and contains 2,500 square feet, three bedrooms, two fireplaces, cathedral ceilings, and a pool. Her other acting credits include the ABC movie "Nightmare Street," which aired Jan. 15; the macabre series "Twin Peaks," in which she played the role of Audrey from 1989 to 1991; "Boxing Helena" (1993); "Fatal Instinct" (1993); and a 1995 miniseries in which she played the role of Elizabeth Taylor.

Got $22.5 million?

For the first time in more than 60 years, a 42-acre Montecito estate has been placed on the market for an asking price of $22.5 million. The property has been owned by the Bacon (as in John and Heloise Bacon) family since 1932. The Los Angeles Times reports that the seller is a trust for John and Heloise Bacon estate. John, who died in 1964 in his 70s, was the grandson of John Baptiste Ford, founder of the Libby-Owens Ford Company. Heloise died last year.

So what do you get for $22.5 million? An 8,000-square-foot main house built in 1957 that contains three bedrooms (including a master suite and two guest bedrooms), a library, office, butler's pantry, servant's quarters, and an additional two-bedroom downstairs suite. In the entry of the main house are glass doors that lead to a vista to the nearby ocean.

Sitting in its own meadow on the south side of the property is a 4,000-square-foot, six-bedroom guest house built in 1912. The Craftsman-style house formerly served as a retreat for the Bacons until they built their main house on a knoll on the property in 1957. The couple decided to retire at the estate in 1960.

In addition, the estate's grounds include a barn, picnic area, gatehouse, herb and flower garden, orchard, two ponds, and a lake. Sharing this rather large listing are Bob Lamborn, Ricky Allen, and Joan Curran, all of Pitts & Bachmann Realtors in Montecito.

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