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,AL ESTATE BEVERLY HILLS NEWS * SEPTEMBER 21, 1995 PAGE '19 Big on Small Bucks ... In Beverly Hills? Erin Gebroe t;I f yOU blink, Iyou II miss us, IIAnne Owens- says of her at 409 N. Cres- Drive. Indeed. to the public one hour free or to Mrs. m search of tofu, locals It miss the 37-room Del Flores -- has-beens the wannabees, Udents and the travelers. some with and others with access to toi- start at $55. Dodie Marshall has made it for 18 years. "She reads to herself in her room," says 66. What she used to in television shows like and "The Man from Marshall also acted with in "Spinout  (1966) and Easy Go" (1967). settling into the small but with second-hand televi- the Regent Beverly Wilshire almost matching flea furniture, have their in front of them. from New York who want to get wet -- come and says Owens- 1, who also owns Hotel lhe Petersen Auto- D Museum. and budget have found the the Let's Go guides, which list hostels, cheap eats attractions the world. were young and I would prop right there," Owens- says, pointing to a the lobby. "There many young people 1976, with her then Owens-Sterman bought the she says was built in 1926 to the Beverly Hills Hotel. "We the hotel as a job for my three She says. The Hotel Del Flores is at 409 North Crescent Drive. Hotel Del Flores owner Anne Owens-Sterman, left, gets help running the 37- room hotel from manager Bill Franklin, who has lived at the hotel for 14 years. The family moved to Beverly Hills in 1968 so sons Terry, Bruce and Nathaniel could attend the city's public schools. "When you're poor, you always think about security," Owens-Sterman says. Being black in Beverly Hills proved interesting. Owens-Sterman worked in the Bev- edy Hills school system as a clerk and chauffeur and financial manager. =1 was anything I could be," she says. As her sons grew up, she remained active with the schools. "1/would go to a PTA meeting, and the parents would spend their time telling me, 'Oh, what a lovely dress,'" Owens-Sterman recalls. "Well it should be. It could have been yours -- I got it at a thrift shop," she laughs. "Even now," she con- tinues, =people are not comfortable with a black person more or less." Owens-Sterman recently went to a city council meeting, upset that her hotel is not included in the Beverly Hills Visitors Bureau's list of city hotels. Before making her pre- sentation, she noticed that people filled the room, but the seats surrounding hers remained empty. Owens-Sterman, how- ever, does not dwell on the differences; she has a hotel to run. She likes to show off the rooms in the back that face the alley. "We call these our celebrity rooms," she says. "You can watch them leaving La Scala and Umberto." Bring Your Checkbook! Ground Floor Office Space iO!i PARK BEVERLY HILLS BUILDING 291 S. La Clenega Blvd. PHONE: (310) 657-8907 (VOICE MAIL) (213) 623-8553 ASK FOR SHAUL Curb flppeal Bq Hedeleine klilen-Schulsinger G l, euren Lind ocated above Hollywood BouMvard and built as a love nest in the 1920s is the former home of actress Mary Astor. This enchanting home with a shady past was subse- quently leased by the Rolling Stones in later years. The Mediterranean house encom- passes the best of Old Hollywood with its canyon views from every window, bal- cony, French door, patio and lush gar- dens, Koi pond and natural stream. You need to remind yourseff that you are still in Los Angeles. There is wonderful attention to detail in the beautifully renovated 5 bedroom house. There are rare wall and ceiling John Douglas Co. new sales associate Christopher Choo has joined the Bever- ly Hills office and specializes in estate properties. He is also a onsistent mul- timillion dollar producer and is fluent in French and Spanish. Frescos and decorated hardwood floors. There is also a two-story guest house. It is built on three street-to-street lots and to ensure the total privacy, a fourth lot opposite the house is included. It is listed for $895,000 with Renee Wilson. Actress Barbara Hershey, now star- ring in the film "Last of the Dogmen," has listed her Santa Monica Canyon home. This private gated cottage was built in the 1950s. The area, reminiscent of the French Riviera, is known of its low profile but highly visible celebrities. At one time the area was home to Jane Fonda and her estranged husband and mentor Roger Vadim. The house is surrounded by trees offering a charming and romantic set- ting. There is a gourmet kitchen inside with tile and hardwood floors and seven skylights. This perfect-condition home is listed for $749,000 with Robert Rad- cliffe. Design House Design House '95 opens OCt. 1 with an English Country home theme in Tolu- ca Lake and is sponsored Uy the Assis- tance League of Southern Califomia. The tour runs through Oct. 29 and there is premier gala Sept. 30 at Lakeside Golf Club with a silent auction and dancing. For information call (213) 993-1025. ' i i i i,, Let's Talk Real Estate By Myra Nourmand of NOURMAND & ASSOCIATES to " hen you make an offer on a house, you will sign the paperwork which outlines the terms of your offer. At to consider making your deposit substantial. First, if your Offer is not quite what the seller wanted, a large earnest money check makes me time u will ake it more difficult for them the sa , yo m ......... to out a ,,depsit or "earnest just.say",ao", money check, which indi- In a suation where there cates your seriq,tts intention are multiple offers on the to buy the hou same house, a Large check If you back out: after the sends a si to the seller contingencies are removed, that ,you are/a serious buyer the sellers may get to ke :: vY an advantage your "earnest" money tO make up for any losses they may have suffered. Buyers usually want to put down as little earnest money as possible. However, there are some significant reasons over the competition. For a sophisticated approach to buying or selling real estate, call Myra Nour- mand, (310) 274-40OO.