Serena Williams Lists Home Court in Bel Air’s Stone Canyon (EXCLUSIVE)

Los Angeles, Calif.
$11.995 million
6,101 square feet, 6 bedrooms, 7 bathrooms

Powerhouse tennis superstar Serena Williams, arguably the best female player to ever wield a racket, listed her multi-acre estate deep in the poshly rustic Stone Canyon area of L.A.’s Bel Air with an asking price of $11.995 million. The 36-year-old 23-time Grand Slam singles title winner, who gave birth to her first child in September and, hence, was on hiatus for much of 2017 while pregnant, has owned the gated spread since early 2006 when she bought it for $6.612 million. Built in 1935 but since updated in a fashion that retained only some of its original architectural characteristics, the baby blue mansion is hidden behind a tall, meticulously clipped hedge on 2.7 gated acres with six bedrooms and seven bathrooms in 6,101-square-feet.

A long, vine draped colonnade connects the gated motor court and prominently sited three-car garage to the double front doors that open into an unexpectedly narrow entrance hall with gleaming white marble flooring that continues throughout much of the main floor including the vast, semi-circular living room that’s lined with transom-topped French doors that open to verdant gardens. A separate formal dining room opens to the gardens through French doors set into a bay window and the kitchen offers slab marble countertops on cherry-toned wood cabinets, an expensive array of up-to-date commercial-style stainless steel appliances and an adjoining breakfast room lined on three sides with windows and French doors.

One of the main floor bedrooms appears to have been converted to a fitness room while the second floor master suite, painted a girlish shade of blush pink, has French doors to a Juliet balcony and a marble-floored and brass-fixtured bathroom with a double-sink vanity, a steam shower and claw-footed tub set into a window-lined bay under a gold-beaded chandelier.

Popular on Variety

Somewhat surprisingly, the tree-shaded grounds do not have a tennis court — apparently Ms. Williams prefers not to bring her work home — but do offer expansive lawns bordered by clipped boxwood hedges, private hiking trails carved into the steep hillside behind the house, a dark bottom swimming pool surrounded by a flagstone terrace and an open-air cabana with outdoor fireplace.

Williams, who has earned close to $100 million in prize money over her 15+ year professional career not to mention many tens of millions more in lucrative endorsement deals, has long maintained an apartment in Paris — she speaks near fluent French — and her stateside holdings include a 5,842-square-foot residence in Palm Beach Gardens, Fla., she picked up in May 2015 for $2.5 million and a 2.4-acre vacant estate parcel in the prestigious Bears Club enclave in Jupiter, Fla., she snagged in early 2014 for $4.125 million.

In 2015, Williams and her older sister Venus Williams, a tennis legend in her own right with seven Grand Slam titles of her own, sold an 1,800-square-foot loft condo they co-owned in Midtown Manhattan, N.Y., for $2.1 million to DeflateGate investigator Ted Wells and property records indicate an almost 8,500-square-foot mansion on a golf course in Palm Beach Gardens, Fla., the sisters purchased together in the late 1990s for $525,000 is now owed in its entirety by Venus.

So the sports stories go, the entrepreneurial tennis great, who sells a line of eponymous athleisure wear on HSN, plans to relocate at least part-time to San Francisco with her Reddit co-founder fiancée Alexis Ohanian — rumor has it they’re planning a New Orleans wedding — who just last month sold a four-bedroom and 2.5-bathroom condo in a two-unit vintage Victorian near San Francisco’s Alamo Square for $2.215 million.

Listing photos: Keller Williams

More Dirt

  • Meghan Markle Prince Harry House Malibu

    Why Don't A-Listers Like Living on Malibu's Beach?

    For months, rumors have been bubbling that the former Duke and Duchess of Sussex, a.k.a. Prince Harry and Meghan Markle, have been house hunting in Los Angeles. The formerly royal couple already lay claim to the recently renovated Frogmore Cottage in London and currently bunk up in a rented $14 million mansion on Canada’s Vancouver [...]

  • Rosanna Arquette House Malibu

    Rosanna Arquette Seeks Sale in Malibu

    The Malibu residence of veteran actor Rosanna Arquette and investment banker Todd Morgan is back up for sale at $7.85 million after it first came available last year at $8.75 million. Tax records show the deep-pocketed banker and the “Desperately Seeking Susan” star, slated to appear in the upcoming Netflix “One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s [...]

  • Andy Muschietti House Los Angeles

    Andy Muschietti Lands Studio City Estate

    Rapidly up-and-coming Argentine filmmaker Andy Muschietti, director of the sensationally successful “It” films, two of the highest-grossing horror films of all time, has ponied up close to $4.7 million for a gated estate in the low-key but high-priced foothills above L.A.’s ever-more-expensive Studio City. Set on a private promontory of more than half an acre [...]

  • Mary McDonnell House Los Angeles

    Mary McDonnell Lists Pacific Palisades Home

    A home owned by married actors Mary McDonnell and Randle Mell in L.A.’s Pacific Palisades region is newly available at $3.4 million. The showbiz couple, she a two-time Oscar nominee for roles in “Dances With Wolves” and “Passion Fish,” purchased the late-1950’s ocean-view home a bit more than five years ago for $2.8 million. Listings [...]

  • Linda Tawil House Calabasas

    Morphe's Linda Tawil Pays Record $11.3 Million in the Oaks of Calabasas

    When “The Biggest Loser” executive producer David Broome sold his lavish Calabasas mansion back in summer 2017, he came out a big winner — the $8.1 million sale price was nearly $3 million more than he had paid for the property five years prior. Located in the so-called “Estates of the Oaks” enclave high in [...]

  • Chris Tawil House Malibu

    Morphe's Chris Tawil Pays $18.5 Million Cash for Jason Statham's Malibu Beach House

    Company valuations in the cosmetics industry are currently bananas, as blockbuster actor Jason Statham can attest. Last month, Statham sold his Malibu beach home for $18.5 million in an all-cash deal, nearly double the $10.6 million he paid for the property back in 2009. According to records, the buyer is Chris Tawil, the businessman who [...]

  • Rachel Hunter House

    Rachel Hunter (Finally) Sells Sunset Strip House

    After almost three years on and off both the sales and rental markets, former fashion model, actor and TV spokesperson Rachel Hunter has at long last sold her longtime Los Angeles, Calif., home. The $3.45 million sale price is a small but enviable fortune above the $2.425 million she ponied up for the property in [...]

More From Our Brands

Access exclusive content