Diane Keaton Buys Out of Character Palisades Home

Diane Keaton Buys Out of Character Palisades Home

» Featured Columnists | By Lauren Beale | July 13, 2012 11:48 AM ET

Actress Diane Keaton doesn't seem to be playing to type these days. The serial home renovator with a passion for preservation has bought a house in Pacific Palisades that is practically new.

Plus, the 2009 home is Cape Cod-influenced rather than the older Spanish style that Keaton frequently favors. Her 2007 art and architecture book "California Romantica: Spanish Colonial and Mission-Style Houses" looked at the features of that style.

The 7,800-square-foot house she just purchased for $5.6 million includes a family room, a temperature-controlled wine room, a theater, a gym, two wet bars, an ocean-view roof deck, six bedrooms and nine bathrooms on three levels. Among outdoor amenities are a swimming pool with spa, an outside living room and a fireplace.

Keaton, 66, won an Oscar as best actress for "Annie Hall" (1977). This year she stars in the films "Darling Companion" and "The Wedding," due for October release. "Diane Keaton: House," a book about buildings repurposed as residences, will be out this fall.

The Pacific Palisades property came on the market in March at $5.75 million.

David Kelmenson of Sotheby's Pacific Palisades office was the listing agent. Aileen Comora and Paul Lester of the Agency in Beverly Hills represented Keaton.


"'Til Death" star Brad Garrett has put his ocean-view place in Malibu up for sale at $10.995 million.

The Spanish-style villa, built in 2005, features travertine and wood flooring, vaulted ceilings and leaded and stained glass windows.

The nearly 6,000 square feet of living space includes an office, a theater, five bedrooms and 51/2 bathrooms. The property of close to an acre contains expansive patios leading to a swimming pool with spa and a pair of two-car garages.

Garrett, 52, won three Emmys for his supporting role on "Everybody Loves Raymond" (1996-2005). He will star in the upcoming comedy series "How to Live With Your Parents for the Rest of Your Life."

Public records show Garrett bought the property in 2007 for $8.815 million.

Bruce Mibach and Christopher Cortazzo of Coldwell Banker's Malibu West office are the listing agents.


Making it just under the wire for his marriage to actress Drew Barrymore, art consultant William Kopelman sold his bachelor pad in West Hollywood for $885,000.

Built in 2004, the two-bedroom, two-bathroom home had been featured five years ago in Elle Decor. The 1,548 square feet of loft space includes an upper-level office looking down on the double-height living room, white high-gloss floors and lacquer cabinetry, a built-in bar that closes up inside a wall and large windows.

Public records show Kopelman, the son of Chanel's Arie Kopelman, bought the property in 2004 for $755,000.

Kopelman closed escrow the day before his June wedding at Barrymore's Montecito home. The buyer was Jason Ehrenpreis, a commercial real estate broker.

Barry Fox of Sotheby's International Realty was the listing agent. Ron de Salvo of Coldwell Banker represented the buyer.


Alex Baskin, a producer and writer for "The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills," has bought a condominium unit in the Beverly Grove area for $719,000.

The two-bedroom, 21/2-bathroom unit includes a den, dining area, fireplace and living room in 1,552 square feet. The building features a rooftop sun deck, a controlled-access elevator and a central courtyard.

Baskin also is producing the new series "Beverly Hills Nannies," set to air July 11.

Public records show that the condo last sold in 2005 for $814,000.

Jeffrey J. Hobgood of Sotheby's International Realty handled both sides of the transaction.


Just in time for the 20th anniversary of "Melrose Place," cast member Grant Show has put his house in the Hollywood Hills on the market at $1.825 million.

The Spanish-style home, built in 1927, needed extensive repairs when Show bought it. One of the major changes the do-it-yourselfer made was to rearrange the floor plan. When originally built, the front door of the 3,483-square-foot home opened to a foyer that led to the master bedroom, a bathroom and a large den or entertainment room. The kitchen, dining room and two bedrooms were down a flight of stairs.

Now the main floor contains the kitchen and dining and living rooms, and all three bedrooms are below. Features include a 20-foot-tall living room ceiling, multiple balconies and solar-generated electricity. The house has 21/2 bathrooms and sits on a quarter-acre with city views.

The actor bought the property in 1997 for $560,000 shortly after ending his run as Jake Hanson. Since "Melrose Place," Show, 50, has appeared on shows including "Six Feet Under" (2002), "Swingtown" (2008), "Private Practice" (2008-11) and "Burn Notice" (2011). He is on the new TV drama "Devious Maids."

Show is selling to trade in his view of downtown for one of the beach, according to listing agent Tim Meinelschmidt of Keller Williams' Larchmont office.


The Santa Paula ranch that screen star Steve McQueen and his third wife, Barbara Minty, once owned has been sold for $660,000. The property was listed in 2009 at $1.95 million but after multiple price reductions was lost to foreclosure in November at $699,283.

The pair moved to the 15.3-acre Ventura County ranch in 1979 and were married in the home's living room in January 1980.

The Victorian-style house, built in 1892, contains some of its original Victorian features, antique stained-glass windows and fireplaces in the family room and kitchen.

The mountain-view ranch includes Syrah grape vines, fruit trees, a pond, equestrian facilities and a 4,500-square-foot hangar where McQueen kept his motorcycles.

McQueen, who died in 1980 at 50, appeared in such films as "The Magnificent Seven" (1960), "The Great Escape" (1963), "Papillon" (1973) and "The Towering Inferno" (1974).

The buyer, a golf pro from Wood Ranch Golf Club in Simi Valley, is building a couple of holes and a grass tennis court on the property. He also is reviving the vineyards, said listing agent Doug Puetz of Keller Williams Realty's Calabasas office. Puetz estimated that he had received around 150 inquiries about the property, including some from overseas.

Alexander Torres of Pacific Realty Center represented the buyer.

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