Sleeping With The Stars
Tom Hanks Thinks Even Bigger
Executive producer Tom Hanks arrives at the premiere of HBO's "The Pacific" at the Chinese Theater on Feb. 24, 2010 in Los Angeles, Calif. (KEVIN WINTER / GETTY IMAGES / February 24, 2010)
Cramer, 78, whose credits include "The Love Boat" and "Dynasty," sold the property last month to Mark Booth, a trustee thought to represent an anonymous buyer, according to the Republican-American's report.
A Wall Street Journal story last July said Cramer, who also helped found the Los Angeles Museum of Contemporary Art, calls himself "an addictive collector of houses and art." He began 12 years ago with 50 acres in Roxbury and added nine adjacent properties to create the nearly 130-acre estate. "It's like Topsy," he told the Journal. "It just grew."
Originally listed at $9.3 million, the property, known as Dogwood Farm, includes a 12-room, 11,000-square-foot Colonial with a two-story guesthouse, a 4,000-square-foot caretaker's house, two barns, a greenhouse, a pool, trails and a large pond, according to Klemm Real Estate, which had the listing
The four-bedroom main house, which has a wine cellar and gym, overlooks a waterfall on a brook with three bridges.
— Nancy Schoeffler
There's "Big," and then there's big.
Box office giant Tom Hanks has purchased the 14,500-square-foot Pacific Palisades, Calif., home of veteran producers Kathleen Kennedy and Frank Marshall.
The sales price is listed at slightly more than $26 million at Blockshopper.com, a news and market data service, making this the most expensive residential sale in the Los Angeles area so far this year.
Property records show that the contemporary house, built in 1996, has four bedrooms and five bathrooms.
Hanks, 53, pictured at right, won Oscars for his starring roles in "Forrest Gump" and " Philadelphia" and received lead actor nominations for "Big," "Saving Private Ryan" and "Cast Away," which he also produced. He played symbolist Robert Langdon in "The Da Vinci Code" and "Angels & Demons" and is the voice of Woody in the "Toy Story" movies.
Among the mutual credits of Kennedy, 56, and Marshall, 63, are "The Curious Case of Benjamin Button" and "Seabiscuit."
— Los Angeles Times
Walton Goggins, who starred in the crime drama "The Shield" from 2002 to 2008, is putting his remodeled Hollywood Hills home on the market for $1,175,000.
Goggins wanted the three-bedroom, three-bathroom house to blend traditional and modern elements and have a seamless indoor-outdoor flow while retaining the 1960s home's original form. "The bones were there," he said.
Goggins, 38, at first leased the post-and-beam home from a friend.
"I called him shortly thereafter and said, 'You know, I can't leave this house. You might as well sell it to me now'," he said. He bought it for $512,000 in 2001. "I knew that, given enough time, this house could accurately reflect me as person."
He worked on the house with a contractor friend. They installed hardwood floors, remodeled the kitchen and bathrooms, redid both fireplaces, added lighting and resurfaced the garage.
Outside, they built fences, created seating, put in fountains and replaced the roof and gutters. Involved in every step, Goggins even slept in the house without windows and doors while the new ones were being installed. "It made more sense than checking into a hotel," he said.
Set in a grove of oaks, the two-story house has clerestory windows in the sunroom and wood-beamed ceilings in the guest suite, which includes a sitting room with a fireplace and a kitchen area.
Goggins wasn't looking to move but happened upon another property that also felt like home.
He said he will miss walking through the 1,600-square-foot Hollywood Hills house and seeing his part in it everywhere. "I poured my heart and soul into it. The house truly is an extension of me."
Goggins will be in "Predators," set for July release, and the thriller "Straw Dogs" (2011). He now is shooting the FX crime drama "Justified," which premieres in mid-March.
— Los Angeles Times