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Growing Pains star Kerns sells home for US$8.35M

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Actress Joanna Kerns and architect Marc Appleton sold their marital home in Montecito, Calif., for $8.35 million.

LOS ANGELES — Actress Joanna Kerns, who gained fame in the 1980s and ‘90s as matriarch Maggie Seaver on the sitcom Growing Pains, and architect-author Marc Appleton have sold their home in Montecito for US$8.35 million.

Called Villa Corbeau, the Mediterranean-style residence is about a five-minute stroll from the new home of Prince Harry and the former Meghan Markle.

Designed by Appleton and built in 2006, the graceful two-story home takes its cues from the country estates of northern Italy and southern France. Beamed ceilings, wrought-iron fixtures and Tuscan hues bring a rural tone to the interiors, a theme echoed in the kitchen’s butcher-block counters and antique-finished cabinets. Arched French doors bring garden views into the family room.

Outside, gardens and mature landscaping surround the home. Pathways lined with decomposed granite wind through various outbuildings including a rose garden, a pool pavilion, an arbor and a potting shed. Amid the backdrop are several dozen mature oaks, Italian cypress and pepper trees.

Kerns has pivoted to the director’s chair in recent years, helming episodes of Pretty Little Liars, Scrubs and The Goldbergs, among others.

Appleton, who has offices in Santa Monica and Montecito, this year co-wrote the third book in the Master Architects of Southern California 1920-1940 series, which focuses on the works of Wallace Neff. His fourth book in the series, on architect Paul Revere Williams, is due out this year.


In the Lake Tahoe area, the scenic estate that served as a backdrop for the beloved TV western Bonanza has sold for US$38 million.

Once used to portray the fictional Cartwright family’s Ponderosa Ranch, the 24-acre property is set along the east shore of Lake Tahoe in Zephyr Cove. The estate looks a bit different these days, with two homes built in 2004 combining for nine bedrooms and 9.5 bathrooms across more than 18,000 square feet.

A dramatic gated motor court approaches the stone-clad mansion, which opens to formal living spaces with beamed ceilings, hand-carved fireplaces and ornate chandeliers. Picture windows bring views of the water into the living room, dining room and kitchen.

Other highlights include a wine cellar, craft room, movie theater, gym, two offices and a game room with a wet bar. A second-story deck hangs off the backside of the home, overlooking a stretch of sandy beach that leads to a private dock with a boat lift.

The property had waffled on and off the market for the last five years, originally listing for US$59 million in 2016 along with another property before a series of price cuts divided the land and brought the tag down to US$39.9 million.

Bonanza ran for 14 seasons and 431 episodes from 1959 to 1973, making it NBC’s longest-running western show.


Nirav Tolia, founder of the social networking service Nextdoor, has a new reason to reach out to his neighbors. The entrepreneur just listed his Italian Renaissance-style home in the San Francisco neighborhood of Pacific Heights for US$25 million.

That’s more than triple the US$7 million he paid for it in 2011.

The dramatic price hike comes after an ambitious remodel Tolia oversaw during his stay, introducing a chic modern style while keeping some original details in place. The house was built in 1916 by George Applegarth, the architect behind San Francisco Bay Area buildings such as the Palace of the Legion of Honor, the Clift Hotel and the Spreckels mansion.

Tucked behind a 150-pound iron gate, the five-level home boasts a crisp facade that’s about 49 feet wide. Inside, formal living spaces with oversize windows take in views of San Francisco Bay and the Golden Gate Bridge.

Original heirloom coffered ceilings top the living room, and the adjacent great room combines a dining room with custom drapes, a family room with back-lit bookcases and a kitchen with marble counters.

— Los Angeles Times


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