SELLERS: Pete Sampras and Bridgette Wilson-Sampras
LOCATION: Beverly Hills, CA
SIZE: 6,900 square feet, 6 bedrooms, 6.5 bathrooms
YOUR MAMA’S NOTES: A rustic-luxe mini-mansion owned by legendary retired tennis pro Pete Sampras and tucked privately into a densely forested half-acre parcel at the tail end of a quiet, little-known cul-de-sac in the Brentwood area of Los Angeles and has been volleyed on to the open market at $8.9 million. “Pistol Pete,” a 14-time Grand Slam winner so named for his wicked service game, and his wife, former Miss Teen USA and seemingly retired actress Bridgette Wilson-Sampras — her last professional credit in the Internet Movie Data Base shows as 2008, purchased the gated property in December 2009 for $5.6 million. Current listing details, which declare the vaguely Craftsman-style home was “Recently expanded and designed with the absolute finest finishes,” encompasses about 6,900-square-feet and there are a total of six bedrooms and 6.5 bathrooms, including two master suites, one on the main floor and another upstairs with sizable sitting area, tree-shaded deck with backyard overlook, and generously sky-lit bathroom with fireplace.
Ordinary looking but no doubt brutally costly, medium brown hardwood floors extend throughout the main floor living areas that include a combination living and dining room with not just one but two fireplaces plus a vaulted, sky-lit and wood-beamed ceiling, and French doors to the backyard. The high-end if generically ho-hum kitchen incorporates a double wide center island with integrated snack bar and opens to a family room with stacked stone fireplace, built-in bookshelves, and a corkscrew staircase that winds up to a loft. A separate library/media lounge offers yet another fireplace plus a charming window seat and complete wall of open book shelves and enclosed storage cabinets. A stone dining terrace with built-in grilling station conveniently placed just outside the kitchen and family room gives way to a broad expanse of newly sodded lawn, an outdoor fireplace, and plunge-sized swimming pool and spa. Up behind the house, stone paths meander through thick woods and lead to a curvaceous stone-built bench with fire pit and a child-pleasing tree house.
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Mister and Missus Sampras are certainly no strangers to the property gossip columns. In February 2014 they shelled out $5,996,500 for an approximately 5,100-square-foot, celeb-pedigreed residence on 2.05 hilltop acres in Bel Air — the seller was real estate mogul Paul Daneshrad and previous owners include Albert Brooks and Merv Griffin — and three short months later they coughed up another $3,501,000 for an adjacent property of 1.13 acres with a 3,424-square-foot ranch-style home. Presumably the couple spent the last couple of years and who knows how much money on an extensive renovation that combined the two properties into one family compound of nearly 3.25 acres.
The Samprases previous residences, which tended towards rather large, include a custom-built contemporary compound with 13,177-square-feet mansion on about 20-acres inside the guarded gates of the fancy-pants Lake Sherwood enclave in Thousand Oaks, CA, that they first put up for sale in 2010 at $25 million but didn’t actually unload until October 2013 for just $13.56 million. And, veteran celebrity real estate watchers may recall, way back in 2008 the Samprases sold an elegantly dour, 10,000-plus-square-foot red brick English Country pile in a plummy pocket of Beverly Hills for $16.8 million to “Will & Grace” co-creator Max Mutchnick and his high-powered entertainment attorney husband Erik Hyman.
Listing photos: Re/Max Olson & Associates