June 15, 2001 at 04:00 AM EDT

Writer’s retreat! 7 BR, 7.5 BTH seaside spread in Malibu ASKING PRICE $8.1 million This one’s as good as it gets. Writer-director-producer James L. Brooks and his wife, Holly (they separated in 1999), are selling the oceanfront getaway they’ve owned for 11 years. Built in 1982, the 5,000-plus-square-foot home has Brazilian cherry wood floors, a gourmet kitchen, a media room, and a master-bedroom suite with a fireplace and a deck that faces the Pacific. The property — Goldie Hawn and Steven Spielberg are neighbors — also includes a gated courtyard and an outdoor entertainment area with a kitchen and stone spa. The Brookses also own a 9,000-square-foot home in L.A.’s tony Brentwood area that is not on the market.

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