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ACTOR BLAKE'S HOUSE FOR SALE.

Byline: Orith Goldberg Staff Writer

STUDIO CITY - Actor Robert Blake plans to sell his Studio City ``Mata Hari Ranch'' that he shared with his wife before she was mysteriously shot and killed in early May, the Daily News has learned.

The ``Baretta'' actor intends to move to the west San Fernando Valley area, said his attorney, Harland Braun, noting that the 67-year-old wants to be close to his adult daughter, who will help with child care.

``He basically wants to move to a location more convenient for his adult daughter,'' Braun said.

Blake was left alone to care for his 14-month-old daughter, Rosie, when her mother, 44-year-old Bonny Lee Bakley, was shot and killed outside a Studio City restaurant while sitting in Blake's car.

Police are still investigating the case and have not made any arrests. Blake has been questioned and his stormy relationship with his wife, whom he married after Rosie was born, has come under scrutiny.

Bakley lived on a house on the back of the property and her relatives have accused Blake of being abusive.

Braun denies the charges and has put attention on Bakley's character, saying she defrauded men in a lonely hearts scam, and he charges that Bakley was star-struck and had trolled for a famous husband.

Blake is asking $1,098,000 for his 4,909-square-foot seven-bedroom, six-bath compound, said the Studio City real estate agent who placed it up for sale Thursday. She refused any further comment.

Blake has recently moved his belongings into storage while still living in the home, Braun said, adding that his client was not moving for privacy reasons.

Area real estate agents say it's unclear whether the Mata Hari Ranch, which was seen on TV and in newspapers in the wake of the killing, will benefit from its infamous reputation.

``Even though the person is a celebrity, still, things like violence (and) killing people could influence (the sale) of the house in a very bad way because the future buyer is looking to have peace,'' said Olga Altieri, a real estate agent with Century 21 in Beverlywood. ``When they see things like this, it brings a bad perspective to the property.''

RE/MAX Centre real estate agent Ruth Garriette, who's handling the Cyndi Lauper estate as well as the 60-plus acres of the Indigo Records estate in Malibu owned by recording agent Richard Kaplan, didn't think the notorious nature of the home's celebrity would hurt the sale.

``With homes like that, it's all about publicity,'' she said. ``It'll get more publicity, which means it'll cover a wider range of people interested in the property. People just want to have the affiliation. We're all (about) Hollywood in California.''

Randall Bell, a Laguna Beach-based real estate damages consultant who has worked on accounts that include homes inhabited by Sharon Tate, JonBenet Ramsey, Nicole Brown Simpson, Jeffrey Dahmer and former members of the Heaven's Gate cult, said he didn't think there would be a problem with the Blake home.

``I'd be really surprised if (Blake's home) has a stigma,'' Bell said. ``That occurs when there is a crime at the house. My inclination is it'll sell fairly normally.

``Even if there is a suicide in a house in California, it often doesn't translate into lost property value.''

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