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Back At The Ranch: Busy Val Kilmer Sells 1,800 Acres

When Hollywood calls, Val Kilmer gets moving. Kilmer has put part of his 6,000-acre Pecos River Ranch near Santa Fe, N.M., on the market.

The actor, a native of Los Angeles, has listed about 1,800 acres at $18 million because he soon will star in two films shooting back-to-back and “won’t be able to spend as much time on the ranch as he would like,” said his publicist, Christina Papadopoulos.

The ranch, once owned by actress Greer Garson and her husband, Buddy Fogelson, is in high-desert canyon country and looks as if it’s straight out of the Old West. The Santa Fe Trail runs through it, and there are four miles of trout-filled river as well as fields of wildflowers and ponderosa-lined limestone cliffs. There is wildlife — deer, turkeys, black bears, cougars, beavers, eagles and falcons.

The part of the ranch Kilmer is selling has a log-and-stucco ranch house with four bedrooms and four bathrooms in 5,600 square feet and two guest cottages. Each cottage is about 1,000 square feet and has one bedroom and one bathroom.

There are extensive staff quarters, heated stables, foaling barns and corrals. Kilmer said that he grew up riding horses in the Chatsworth section of Los Angeles and has several on the ranch, which feeds more than 100 animals, among them buffalo and llamas that roam the property.

Two tracts are available. As separate purchases, the one with the house and stables on nearly 963 acres with three miles of river is listed at $14 million; the other, with raw land and its own access on about 842 acres with three-quarters of a mile of river, is listed at $7 million.

On the land he is keeping, Kilmer plans “to build another home to his own specifications,” Papadopoulos said. The actor said he wants to build a house that will be eco-friendly and hopes to include wind and solar power.

Kilmer, 46, has lived in New Mexico for more than 20 years, eight of which were on his ranch; however, he also rents a house in Los Angeles.

He will star in Jerry Bruckheimer’s Deja Vu with Denzel Washington and in Dark Matter with Meryl Streep. The movies are expected to be filmed this year.

House makes the cut

Khandi Alexander, who performs those blood-and-guts autopsies on CSI: Miami, has bought a Hollywood Hills home for close to its $3 million asking price.

Alexander, once a Broadway chorus line dancer, bought a contemporary Mediterranean built in 1991. It has four bedrooms and 41/2 bathrooms in 5,000 square feet.

It also has five fireplaces, a pool, a spa, a patio and a three-car garage.

The home is in the hills overlooking the Sunset Strip and has views from downtown Los Angeles to the ocean.

Alexander, 48, was Whitney Houston’s choreographer before going on tour in 1998 as Velma Kelly in the stage musical Chicago. Alexander joined CSI in 2002 as chief medical examiner Alexx Woods.

Hometown purchase

Now that they have sold their Hollywood Heights cottage for slightly more than its asking price of $690,000, Lisa Blount and Ray McKinnon plan to buy a house in her hometown of Little Rock, Ark., and rent at the beach when visiting Los Angeles.

The house they sold has one bedroom in 990 square feet. The cottage, built in 1935, has a wood-burning fireplace, vaulted ceilings and a patio. There is a guest quarters with a small kitchen and a separate entrance.

McKinnon, who has a recurring role as a preacher in the HBO series Deadwood, wrote, directed and starred in the Oscar-winning best short film The Accountant (2001), which Blount produced.

Gamble doesn’t pay off

Las Vegas hotel-casino developer Steve Wynn had plans two years ago to build a Beverly Hills house, presumably as a retreat. Apparently he changed his mind.

The 25,000-square-foot lot where he intended to construct the home is on the market at $7.25 million.

A former longtime home of Wynn’s is also on the market, according to the Las Vegas Review-Journal. The four-bedroom, 12,000-plus-square-foot Vegas mansion is listed at $25 million. Meanwhile, Wynn is ensconced in a villa at his new Wynn Las Vegas hotel-casino, the newspaper said.