BACK in circulation after a debilitating viral infection that had him alternately on crutches, in a wheelchair and with a walking stick, genial garment and property tycoon Allan Zeman has resumed the familiar routine of zipping in and out of his fleet of Rolls and Mercs. Allan, who spent a week at the plush Cedars-Sinai Hospital in Beverly Hills (and used the hospital suite normally reserved for regular ''guest'' Elizabeth Taylor), was attended by a team of doctors, including Michael Jackson's personal physician, Dr Allan Metzger. Meanwhile, his wife Charmaine kept a worried vigil from a luxury suite at the finest hotel in Beverly Hills - Hongkong's very own, The Peninsula, of course. ''After lots of tests the doctors tracked it down to an arthritic gene that I had apparently inherited from my mother,'' Allan explained. ''I was put on a course of strong drugs and, thankfully, am now on the way to complete recovery.'' His ailment surfaced a day or two before last Christmas and he had to be admitted to the Adventist Hospital, from whence he was advised to fly to the United States for further treatment. In fact, discharging himself on Christmas Day, Allan was so touched by the way the hospital went about its caring work that he immediately wrote a cheque for a seven-figure sum as a donation. On the subject of Wacko (and never mind about what Elizabeth Taylor had to say) Jacko's doctor - evidently, Dr Metzger mentioned to Allan that the slightest sneeze and Michael was on the telephone to him right away. While undergoing treatment in Beverly Hills, the Zemans spent several weeks at The Pen. And with time on their hands - and getting the feel that they liked the area - they went house-hunting. Among the homes they looked at were those of Hollywood comedy star Eddie Murphy and basketball great Magic Johnson. ''Eddie Murphy was asking US$8 million (HK$61.82 million) for his house which he had in fact bought from Cher,'' Allan said. ''He had kept the decor exactly as he bought it and with Cher being so over the top, it looked like a film set. ''Magic's house was really beautiful with a fabulous garden. And because he was so tall, all the furniture had been made to order. So when Charmaine and I sat at the dining table, the table almost reached our chins.'' They did finally see one house which Charmaine set her heart on, but even while Allan asked for a few days to think about it, Sylvester Stallone moved in and rented it at US$30,000 a month for a year, with an option to buy. (I'm told Charmaine was far from happy with her hubby for procrastinating!) Allan has put in bids for two houses not far from where Rod Stewart is building his sprawling mansion and is awaiting word. Which begs the question - are the Zemans planning to re-locate to Beverly Hills? ''No, no,'' laughs Allan. ''We'll just add it to our stable of homes.''