Monday, January 21, 2013
Serena Williams Sells L.A. Condo
LOCATION: Los Angeles, CA
SIZE: 2,403 square feet, 2 bedrooms, 3.5 bathrooms
YOUR MAMAS NOTES: While tennis titaness Serena Williams serves, smacks and slams her way toward the finals in Melbourne at the Australian Open her people back in Los Angeles have just about sold a high-floor condo she (allegedly) owns along the Wilshire Corridor with an listing price of $1,850,000.
We first heard this from Our Fairy Godmother in Beverly Hills who thought the condo in question maybe belonged to Serena's almost as bad ass on the tennis court older sister Venus but according to The Bizzy Boys at Celebrity Address Aerial, the 15th floor spread actually belongs to Serena Williams who picked the place up way back in September 2002 for $1,275,000.
Venus Williams fancies herself a bit of an interior decorator—she has a full-service commercial and residential decoratin' firm called V*Starr based in Jupiter, FL—and presumably she once had a hand in the day-core of her little sister's L.A. condo but listing photos now show a very pared down situation that looks more like Staging Lady in a Pink Toyota has been all up in there working her special brand of generic decorative—ahem—magic.
Anyhoo, the 2,403 square foot condo crib has direct elevator access into a cramped foyer that opens into a decently roomy but hardly huge, sun-splashed living/dining room combination with hardwood floors, a corner (gas) fireplace and two large sets of windows with urban views over the tops of the surrounding condo buildings.
The floors turn to some sort of stone tile in the adjacent kitchen that's a little out-dated looking but well-equipped with a large center work island, honey-colored Shaker-style cabinets, flecked granite counter-tops and higher-grade appliances. There's an unnecessary pass through opening between the kitchen and a small den/family room outfitted with a full wall of custom-built in bookshelves and a large window that looks over the roof top of the building next door towards the the mountains in the distance.
Each of the two bedrooms has direct access to a private marble bathroom and the limestone-floored master suite has two bathrooms—one with separate tub and shower and frosted glass windows for proper pooper privacy—plus at least one custom-fitted walk-in closet.
The 24-story Remington building offers residents full service amenities that include, doorman and concierge services, valet parking, gym facility, swimming pool and spa, wine storage space, a library off the lobby and a residents only recreation room. For all that luxury Miss Williams coughed up, according to listing information, a whopping $2,894.25 per month in home owner's association dues.
As far as we can tell, Serena Williams also owns a tennis court-less mini-estate in the Stone Canyon area of Bel Air that she scooped up in early 2006 for $6,612,000 and as far as we know the grown up Williams sisters still—and strangely—share a sprawling, 11,000 square foot mansion in an upscale golf and sports community in Palm Beach Gardens, FL where a couple years ago, as previously reported by various property gossips, they added on a 4,000-ish square foot two-story wing to house a private training facility for the tennis queens.
listing photos: Gibson International