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Kasems list storied estate for $42 million

 

Los Angeles Times

Casey Kasem, who gained a national radio audience after “American Top 40” launched in 1970, and his wife, Jean, are listing their Westside estate for sale at $42 million.

With 12,000 square feet of living space, eight bedrooms and 14 bathrooms, the home has been the site of intimate interviews and sleepovers for as many as 20 youngsters a night. The yard has served as the site of elaborate celebrity-studded gatherings and paintball battles.

The syndicated radio host bought the property for Jean Kasem in 1989 as a gift.

“We lived in the Beverly Wilshire Hotel,” she said, “and I didn’t want to leave.” But she was expecting, and his logic won out. “You can’t raise a child in a hotel.”

The couple liked the 2.4-acre site near a main artery, which made it convenient for them to commute to their radio and television work. Trees line the streets, and mansions sit on green lawns behind gates and hedges. “It seemed,” she said, “like a place where we could put down roots.”

The footprint of the James Dolena-designed house, where rooms spill off wide hallways, suited their needs. Little else, however, reflected their tastes and preferences. So Jean Kasem began a decades-long project rebuilding, expanding and continually updating the estate.

“We tried to make it a home, not a mansion,” she said, “because mansions are tough to live in.”

The Kasems’ sensibilities are evident even at the home’s circular motor court. The central fountain was built around an ornate piece of the Brooklyn Bridge.

The interiors are filled with antiques the Kasems have collected, and reflect Jean’s love of color and textures. “Our favorite room is probably the library, where we collected books from all over the world, brokered deals and did our interviews on camera and radio,” Jean said. The comfortable room, near the oval entry, is also where the couple edited “Top 40” scripts.

Many spaces are devoted to specific purposes. There is a hair salon, a design studio and a butler’s pantry. Fireplaces can be found in the family room, the library, the two master suites and even one bathroom.

The landscaping includes mature trees, hedges, formal gardens and an expanse of lawn. Par-three golf can be played on a Bobby Trent Jones-designed course. Citrus trees, grapes and strawberries occupy a corner of the yard.

Casey, who turns 81 this month, continues to work on syndicated radio shows that spin off the “American Top 40” brand. He has voiced the character Shaggy, among others, on the Scooby-Doo series and videos.

Jean has appeared on Cheers and The Tortellis, among other shows and movies, and runs a baby crib business.

The couple is ready to move on now that their daughter Liberty, 21, is leaving the nest.

Seeking TENANTS

Actress Brooke D’Orsay, 31, who has a recurring role on Two and a Half Men, and actor-writer-producer Greg Coolidge have put their house in Hollywood Hills West up for lease at $12,000 a month.

The contemporary-style house, built in 1954, features city views, three bedrooms, three bathrooms and 2,429 square feet of living space.

Public records show the pair bought the house in 2006 for $2.009 million.

Supermodel lists

Former Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Issue model and cover girl Cheryl Tiegs has listed her home in Bel-Air for $12 million.

The Balinese-inspired, resort-like estate sits on nearly 1.5 acres of landscaped grounds with a pool, a guesthouse, pathways and fountains. Designed by interior decorator to the stars Martyn Lawrence Bullard, whose clients have included Cher, Elton John and Kid Rock, the one-story open-plan home features vaulted beamed ceilings, a wine cellar, five bedrooms, 4.5 bathrooms and 4,770 square feet of living space.

Tiegs, 65, was one of the first supermodels to launch her own clothing and accessories line.

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