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Wilt Chamberlain's Bel-Air Mansion

Wilt Chamberlain’s Bel-Air Mansion on Sale for $19 Million

The former home of famous basketball player Wilt Chamberlain in Los Angeles was recently put on the market for $19 million.The former home of famous basketball player Wilt Chamberlain in Los Angeles was recently put on the market for $19 million.

Located in the Bel-Air neighborhood, it is 7,158 square feet in size. It has six bedrooms and six full bathrooms. Chamberlain itself has developed some very innovative custom-designed and custom-built amenities. The master bedroom has a retractable mirror ceiling and the moat-style pool extends into the living room. The house also has a parking space for 20 cars in the secure car park.

The property is therefore a genuine reflection of Chamberlain. It is mythical. The sportsman had this true work of art built in the 70s. The house is known as Ursa Major. It is the configuration of the constellation of stars that houses the Big Dipper. It is also one of Chamberlain’s countless nicknames.

Bel Air – The Golden Triangle of Los Angeles

Los Angeles is a contrasting, inspiring and fascinating megalopolis. It attracts buyers and real estate investors from all over the world. Everyone is in search of an exceptional quality of life.

Bel Air is one of the most exclusive residential areas in Los Angeles and has some of the most luxurious villas in the city. It was made famous by the very popular TV show “The Prince of Bel Air ».

Bel Air is nestled in one of the best geographical areas of Los Angeles, and thus has very good accessibility. This neighborhood has been designated as part of the “Golden Triangle”, along with other luxury areas such as Beverly Hills and Holmby Hills.

Inhabited by fewer than 10,000 residents, the city is known for its mansions and high-end real estate. In addition to Wilt Chamberlain, many celebrities have settled in the Bel Air district. Among them are:

  • Mariah Carey
  • Lady Gaga
  • Jennifer Aniston
  • Michael Jackson
  • Taylor Swift
  • Ronald Reagan
  • Elizabeth Taylor
  • Alfred Hitchcock

The luxury properties in this neighborhood sell for tens of millions of dollars. They are all offering exceptional comfort and tranquility of life:

  • Panoramic views of the Los Angeles basin
  • Endless swimming pools
  • Tennis courts
  • Cinemas
  • Restaurants

Bel Air’s famous mansions have high ceilings, majestic entrances, spacious and sparkling rooms. They are designed with the most luxurious materials:

  • Marble
  • Wrought-iron railings
  • Hand-made mosaics

What Makes This Property So Special?

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This exceptional place now belongs only to the legendary basketball player. However, it owes its popularity to the fact that it was the former residence of Wilt Chamberlain. His performances are countless. He has accumulated a multitude of NBA records, including:

  • The most points scored in a game (100)
  • The most rebounds in a game (55)

He was the only player to average 50 points per season. He was four times MVP and won two championships in his career:

  • One with the 76ers
  • One with the Lakers

To crown his successful career, Wilt Chamberlain worked hand in hand with architect David Tenneson Rich on the project for this famous Bel-Air property. They completed it in 1971. The NBA player lived there until his death in 1999. According to the architect’s revelations, the unique concept of the house was inspired by:

  • Frank Lloyd Wright
  • The giant redwood groves of Yosemite
  • The triangle

The residence was built on the top of a mountain. It housed an anti-aircraft missile site during the Cold War years. But it’s not the craziest thing in the story of this house. It took five redwood freight cars and 16 tons of Bouquet Canyon stone to build it.

Architectural Masterpiece

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The house has sloping concrete pillars. Those are set against natural elements such as redwood and stone. This 2.5-acre building overlooking the Bel-Air Reservoir also has:

  • A large cooking area
  • An outdoor entertainment area
  • A redwood sauna
  • A wilderness shower
  • A covered outdoor cabin
  • Parking for about 20 luxury vehicles

There are six bedrooms and eight bathrooms spread over 9,400 square feet of living space. Upstairs, a terrace overlooks the yard. The lot is filled with gardens, patios and views of the Stone Canyon Reservoir that lies beneath.

Inside this two-floors building is a pit dug into the stone housing an imposing chimney. This space is linked to a large room 40 feet high in which are installed:

  • A billiard room
  • A modern kitchen
  • A dining area
  • A breakfast nook

In the past there was also a special room with:

  • Mirrored ceilings
  • Purple velvet sofas
  • A massive circular waterbed

Recently, the layout has been changed considerably, which has contributed to the increase in value of the property. Today, this room has been replaced by massive triangular spaces made of wood, stone and glass.

Many rooms have windows covering the entire surface of the building from floor to ceiling. Among them are the reception area and the games room, where the athlete is said to have hosted thousands of young women. And as this roof was not enough, the property is also equipped with:

  • A press room
  • A fitness center
  • A master suite with two bathrooms

Vast expanses of glass offering masterful views are found throughout the house.

Sold in 2008 for $6.6 Million, it’s Now on the Market For $19 Million

This property was last purchased in 2008 for $6.6 million. It enjoys a breathtaking view of the Santa Monica Mountains and the Stone Canyon Reservoir. It has undergone an extensive expansion and renovation project by the current owner. This bold project was completed in 2013. Today it is on the market with a asking price of $19 million.

The residence is accessed by a stone bridge across a quiet stretch of water. Its entrance is impressive: the interior described above opens onto the triangular swimming pool surmounted by white stone bridges. It is not surprising that the price has gone up, especially when you add the exceptional location of the property.

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