The Colonial Revival-style house, designed by Gerard Colcord and built in 1951, is set off the street at the end of a long gated driveway. On more than three-quarters of an acre with mature trees and three detached guest suites, the two-story main house has been restored and remodeled in keeping with the original design.
“It was a one-story Colcord country Colonial,” says Bret Parsons, author of the book “Colcord Home.” The architect was hired by Ford to add the second story. After Colcord died in 1984, his assistant Liza Kent completed the project.
“Ford would fly down in his plane to pick her up after she moved to San Diego,” Parsons said.
The actor would later quote Kent in interviews. “No limit for better,” uttered in her thick German accent, became one of his mottoes, according to Parsons’ book.
The home’s features include paneled walls, four fireplaces, extensive built-ins and a bomb shelter. There is a swimming pool and a detached workshop where Ford does carpentry work. Ford made the mantel in the dining room, according to Parsons.
When Parsons toured the house in 2007 while working on the book, his visit was carefully orchestrated by the amiable actor. “Don’t visit it on your own,” Ford warned. “There are attack dogs.”
Ford, 69, gained fame in the late 1970s and the ’80s for his role as Han Solo in the original “Star Wars” trilogy. He also starred as adventurer Indiana Jones in that film series. A fifth installment is reportedly in the works.
Last year Ford starred in “Cowboys & Aliens.” His coming movie “42,” about baseball’s Jackie Robinson, will be released in 2013.
Public records show that the actor bought the property in 1983 for $1 million. This is Ford’s second Colcord-designed house.
Diane Keaton Seeks Renter
Actress and historic home renovator Diane Keaton has listed a live-work townhouse in downtown Los Angeles for lease at $2,800 a month. She recently bought the condominium for $570,000.
The three-level unit in an Arts District building dating to 1906 features exposed brick walls and steel beams, skylights, clerestory windows, wide-plank wood floors, vaulted ceilings, a patio, a rooftop terrace and an open floor plan. There are two bedrooms and 2 1/2 bathrooms in 1,285 square feet of living space.
Keaton, 66, stars in “Darling Companion,” due out this month. She won an Oscar for her leading role in the 1977 film “Annie Hall.” In addition to her active interest in house restoration, she co-wrote “California Romantica” and is working on another architecture book for Rizzoli.
Former Football Coach Scores Sale
Former UCLA Bruins head football coach Rick Neuheisel has sold his house in Bel-Air for its list price of $4.995 million.
The Cape Cod-style traditional, built in 2008, contains 6,000 square feet of living space. The ocean- and city-view house includes five bedrooms and six bathrooms.
Neuheisel, 51, was UCLA football coach from 2008 to 2011. The Bruins won the first Pac-12 South Division title last year, but Neuheisel was fired after the season.
He bought the property in 2008 for $4.5 million.
Talks Successful for Show Host
Talk show host Craig Kilborn has parted with his house in the Hollywood Hills West area for $2.9 million.
The Spanish-style home, built in 1927, was owned by actor Dennis Hopper when he was working on the film “Easy Rider” in the late 1960s.
Entered through a turret foyer, the three-bedroom, three-bathroom house features arched windows and doorways, Malibu tile stair risers and original sconces. There are terraced gardens and a swimming pool.
Kilborn, 49, hosted “The Late Late Show With Craig Kilborn” from 1999 to 2004 and was the original host of “The Daily Show.”
Hopper, who died in 2010 at 74, used the address of the house as a title for a book of his photography.
Presidential Retreat is Sold
The Rancho Mirage estate of the late President Gerald Ford and Betty Ford has been sold for $1.675 million.
The buyers are entertainment business manager John McIlwee and DreamWorks Animation executive Bill Damaschke, who announced their intentions to preserve the 6,316-square-foot midcentury home. They purchased the furniture, including sofas and desks, and some of the artwork separately.
The Fords built the Welton Becket-designed home in 1979. The gated compound encompasses 1.37 acres.
The main residence has a swimming pool and includes a staff waiting room, his and her offices, five bedrooms, five full bathrooms and two partial bathrooms.
The Fords used the compound as their California retreat after they left the White House. President Ford died in 2006 at 93. Betty Ford died last year, also at 93.
Home Builder Opts for Condo
Home builder and real estate investor Richard Lewis and his wife, Rebecca, have bought a unit in the Beverly West Residences for $5 million.
The 22-floor high-rise contains 35 units in seven floor plans. The newly built residences feature floor-to-ceiling windows, direct access elevators, 24-hour concierge, a gym, a pool and city, mountain and ocean views. The unit the Lewises purchased includes two bedrooms, 21/2 bathrooms and 4,158 square feet of living space.
Lewis, president of Lewis Homes, has been with the Lewis Group of Cos. since 1965.
The property came on the market in April at $7.767million.
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