Wilt Chamberlain’s Former Bel-Air Mansion Reduced to $15M
$14,900,000 | Built 1971 | 9,395 Sq. Ft. | 6 Beds | 6.5+ Baths | 2.51 Acres
Los Angeles, California, United States
A striking modern home built for basketball legend Wilt Chamberlain on a 2.5 acre promontory in Bel Air is back on the market with a slimmer asking price. The 9,395 square foot residence was briefly on the market in 2018 for $19 million. It’s been reduced to $15 million. Chamberlain commissioned architect David Tenneson Rich to design the architectural wonder in 1971 and lived there until his death in 1999. Television writers George Meyer and Maria Semple purchased the house from Chamberlain’s estate in 2002 for close to $3 million. The listing notes that the residence was renovated and expanded between 2008 – 2013 and offers sweeping views of Stone Canyon reservoir and the city beyond. Truly unique and impossible to replicate, this architectural wonder inspired by Frank Lloyd Wright was formally known as Ursa Major. There are 2 parking courts with space for 10+ cars and an impressive main entrance surrounded by lush gardens and ponds. The interiors are unparalleled in scale with soaring 40′ ceilings in the main great room and a glamorous sunken conversation pit surrounding a monumental wood-burning fireplace. Water, steel, stone and glass combine to create a sensory experience like no other. Wrapped by a swimming pool inspired by a personal lake, the indoors blend seamlessly outside. Current building codes would not allow such a large pool. The property was showcased in Life in March 1972 and in Ebony in January 1974. Ursa Major is on the market for $15 million with Drew Fenton of Hilton & Hyland.
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