Unlimited court time: $25 million
Pete Sampras and his wife, actress Bridgette Wilson, have put their Beverly Hills home on the market for $25 million.
Before the 36-year-old tennis ace retired in 2003, he won a record 14 Grand Slam men’s singles titles.
Sampras’ 11,000-square-foot, English Tudor-style house, built in 1933, has been recently remodeled and expanded.
The walled and gated private estate has five bedrooms, including a master suite with his-and-her bathrooms. The home has a total of 12 bathrooms.
Other features are a detached guesthouse, a gym, a theater, a children’s play yard, a pool, a putting green and -- of course -- a tennis court with a north-south orientation. The home is located on more than an acre of mature, landscaped grounds and has a circular driveway.
Wilson, 34, played the bride-to-be in “The Wedding Planner” (2001) and appeared in “CSI: Miami” (2003) and, more recently, “Mr. and Mrs. Smith” (the 2007 pilot and one episode).
Jordan Cohen, estates director at Re/Max-Olson & Associates Inc. in Westlake Village, has the listing.
Plenty of room to play ball on the beach now
L.A. Dodgers owners Frank and Jamie McCourt can’t seem to get enough of the beach.
The couple bought a Malibu house in August, and they now have purchased the home next door as well.
The McCourts paid close to $19 million for the second house, which has three bedrooms and two bathrooms in less than 2,000 square feet. (They purchased their first home in Malibu for close to its $33.5-million asking price. The sellers of that home were actors Courteney Cox and David Arquette.)
Both of the McCourts’ Malibu homes have beach frontage -- the first has 80 feet; the second, 66 feet. Their latest is a California bungalow built in 1949; their first, built in 1983, was designed by John Lautner, who studied with Frank Lloyd Wright. The four-bedroom, 5,500-square-foot house sits on a double lot and has exposed concrete, natural wood, skylights, a curved roof line and a pool.
The bungalow is already being renovated, with completion scheduled in July.
The McCourts have been active in the Los Angeles real estate scene. They bought a house in Holmby Hills for about $25 million in 2004, soon after they came to L.A. from Boston.
She was ‘Torn’ but sold anyway
London-based Australian singer Natalie Imbruglia has sold her Hollywood Hills home for close to its asking price of $3.9 million.
The buyer is Jeanette Longoria, an heiress from Mexico.
The house, built in the 1950s, has five bedrooms and six bathrooms in 5,400 square feet.
As a youth, the singer appeared in the U.K. TV series “Neighbours.” Imbruglia, now in her early 30s, is known for singing the hit 1997 single “Torn.”
Trista Rullan with Hilton & Hyland Real Estate, Christie’s Great Estates, Beverly Hills, represented Longoria in the purchase.
Apple doesn’t fall far from the cave
A former home of Steve Wozniak, co-founder of Apple Computer, is on the market for $6.9 million.
Wozniak bought the Los Gatos home while it was under construction and completed it, adding his own inventive touches in the late 1980s, when he took occupancy.
Among Wozniak’s additions were re-created prehistoric caves with dinosaur footprints, mineral shells and fossils.
The caves were crafted to blend in with the landscaping. From the caves, there is an underwater view through a window into a koi pond. Another cave comes equipped with an audio-video entertainment center -- no doubt the envy of many a caveman.
Wozniak lived in the 7,100-square-foot home until 2004, when the current owners -- Larry and Karin Willard -- purchased it and reconfigured its interiors.
The one-story home has five bedroom suites, a hole in a wall that leads to an indoor play area, an espresso lounge with views of the Santa Cruz Mountains, a 20-foot-high foyer, a home theater, a 400-bottle wine room and a pet suite with a private yard for resident pooch and canine visitors.
Bruce Nelson of John Bruce Nelson & Associates in Bel-Air has the listing.
To see previous columns on celebrity realty transactions, go to latimes.com/hotproperty.