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Hot Property, L.A.: Rita Rudner markets house with UTube parody


Los Angeles Times

Rita Rudner is applying her comedic talent to the sale of her Dana Point beach house, and the result is a spot-on parody of a home marketing video.

Her husband, director-writer Martin Bergman, featured the Monarch Bay home in the 2011 film Thanks, in which Rudner acted. Now Rudner may have her own hit on her hands with the YouTube parody.

In the farcical four-plus minutes, she promises to include one free facial tissue with the purchase of the five-bedroom, five-bathroom house, which is priced at $8.975 million.

The actress takes viewers through a tour of the 5,000-square-foot contemporary, which looks out onto the ocean.

“This is the living room where we do roughly 33.5 percent of our living,” Rudner explains on the video. Some nights, she says, the couple stare into the fireplace, drink and argue.

Features include a paparazzi-free patio, an elevator, an office, heated floors and the liberal use of retractable glass doors.

“We have brought not only the outside in, we have brought the inside out, we have brought the left to the right, the right to the left, the up to the down,” she says. “It is so on trend.”

The Vegas headliner then moves on to the kitchen, where she demonstrates how she uses the warming drawer to take the chill off a bra or chunky jewelry.

Rudner, 59, has used the house for vacationing and is building another home in the area for use when she retires from a career that has included dancing, stand-up comedy, acting and screenwriting.

The home theater is one place she unwinds.

“Sometimes after a hard day of staring at the ocean,” Rudner says, “I just like to kick back, turn on the TV and watch the wrestling.”

The couple bought the house unfinished on leased land six years ago for $5.85 million. They completed the work and bought the parcel in December for $2.15 million.

“We look forward to receiving your offers,” Rudner concludes, “and responding with a ‘How dare you?’”

Serena sells

Tennis champ Serena Williams has sold her Westwood condo for $1.755 million.

The Wilshire Corridor building, constructed in 2001, offers concierge service, a valet, a gym, pool and spa. The open-plan unit of 2,403 square feet features city views, two bedrooms, 3.5 bathrooms, a den/office, a fireplace, balconies and a direct-access elevator.

Williams, 31, is the world’s No. 1 female player; her tennis earnings have topped $40 million.

Public records show that Williams bought the property new in 2001 for $1.275 million and owns other property in the Los Angeles area.

Hagman’s pads

Within a three-week time span, Larry Hagman’s longtime mountaintop home in Ojai and his Santa Monica penthouse both sold — each for $5 million.

The 43-acre Ojai spread, befitting Dallas oilman J.R. Ewing, had been listed in 2009 at $11 million.

The Mediterranean-style estate was designed and built for Hagman and his wife, Maj, in 1992. The off-the-grid property has solar systems providing energy for the main residence, the well and the caretaker’s home, while creating surplus power. When Hagman installed the system in 2003, his annual electric bill went from $37,000 to $13.

Set behind iron gates, the 17,516-square-foot main house features murals, an indoor pool and spa, seven bedrooms and 10 bathrooms. The compound includes a two-bedroom guesthouse, a separate office, an outside pool connected by streams to two ponds, a private helipad and more than 200 avocado trees.

In Santa Monica, the two-bedroom, three-bathroom penthouse is in a 10-story building constructed in 1963 and includes 3,029 square feet of living space. The contemporary-style condo has three parking spaces and views of the ocean.

Hagman died last year at 81.


Composer Kristopher Carter has listed his home in Burbank to the tune of $1.095 million.

The contemporary home, built in 1980, features hardwood and marble floors, a decorative fireplace, a foyer, six bedrooms, four bathrooms and 3,411 square feet of living space.

The composer customized the three-level house by converting one bedroom into a sound studio. He added soundproofing, doubled the drywall, used solid core doors and included conduits to a machine room.

The nearly half-acre site includes a pool, spa and lawn. There are city and mountain views.

Public records show that Carter, 41, bought the house in 2009 for $1.08 million. He is selling as a prelude to downsizing.

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