Monday, January 21, 2013

Serena Williams Sells L.A. Condo

SELLER: Serena Williams
LOCATION: Los Angeles, CA
PRICE: $1,850,000
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

22 comments:

Anonymous said...

The Williams sisters don't "ball all out" as they say.

An eleven thousand square foot home isn't too bad to share with two families. Plenty of room.

Maybe they are tight with money!

Jim in Tampa said...

There sure isn't much of a view judging from the pictures.

Anonymous said...

I sure would not hire her designing firm based on these photos.

Viva! said...

What an ugly, dumpy place.

As far as I'm concerned there is no reason to live in a condo in Los Angeles if you can afford otherwise, unless you have a view, and this condo is case in point. Views of other people's units from all corners.

Vile.

Anonymous said...

Just curious, all these "Staging lady in a pink Toyota" references, are they about a specific stager/staging service in the LA area where the stager(s) drive pink Toyota(s), or just a reference to a generic stereotype i.e. that your typical LA staging lady would be the type to drive around in a pink toyota? Seriously, not sure if this is a joke/reference that is going over my head because I don't live in LA or not...

StPaulSnowman said...

Sistahs are phenomenal. I don't find it strange that they live together. They share a unique life experience of high level competition and collegiality in a world few of us can imagine. What they have achieved on the tennis court is quite remarkable. At least they try to do other things, even if not nearly as well. I, for one, am hoping Serena makes it 16 in Melburne.

Anonymous said...

Surprisingly subdued decor. Pleasant appearance. Nothing especially to praise but I don't understand the term "vile" applied to it.

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Carla Ridge said...

The Remington is the best of the new(er) buildings along Wilshire. You can keep the Californian, the Carlyle -- maybe the 1200 Club View building (is it called Beverly West, now? sounds like an Angie Dickinson TV show, LOL) is on par but it's not as solid as the Remington. Beautiful construction.

Views to the north toward Bel-Air are unobstructed, if that's important -- and might i remind the children, Park Avenue's buildings all look at other Park Avenue buildings, if the apartment's at front. And i don't see anyone complaining about the 'lack of view'. And yes, Wilshire Boulevard IS the Park Avenue of LA, so let's nip that little protest in the bud.

Anonymous said...

The Wilshire Corridor is where all the rich kids live before they get married and buy houses.

lil' gay boy said...

Anon 7:25,

Staging Lady in a Pink Toyota (a Pruis, natch) is the alter ego of more than one poster to the site, as well as a generic reference to all those who would misrepresent themselves as decorators who presume to know the best way to dress up a property for viewing.

This place may be beige & generic, but I spy with my little eye a few choice pieces -- I'd rather have a Design by Williams than one by, heaven for-fend, Faye Resnik.

Anonymous said...

Wow, regardless what news is printed concerning the Williams sisters, haters abound. Why call the condo vile and say that they're tight with their money. For 1 or 2 people, the condo is great. Someone said subdued; maybe that's what they want in their home away from home. The women barely stay there; they're constantly on the road. And, their Florida home is fantastic. Lord have mercy on your poor jealous souls. Live and let live. Go Serena. I hope your ankle heals so that you can bring home #16!!!

Anonymous said...

Serena has an apartment in Paris too, but I can't remember the article where it was described (neighborhood & such) in more detail. For now:
"Instead of returning immediately to the United States, she remained at her Paris apartment and trained..."
http://www.nytimes.com/2012/07/06/sports/tennis/with-renewed-confidence-serena-williams-looks-to-win-now.html?pagewanted=all

Lady J

Anonymous said...

Here's another, still not the one I was thinking of though:
http://straightsets.blogs.nytimes.com/2009/05/24/serena-williams-at-home-in-paris/

Lady J

mattja said...

Ok
Now thats Fierce
Beverly Hills
Palm Beach Gardens Florida
Paris
Its the Property not the damn furniture!!
We all wish to have that dream..
Salute

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lilkunta said...

there are 2 bedrooms so I get there beign 2.5 bathrooms. Why a full 3rd bathroom ? for who , the guest that sleeps on the living room sofa ?

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