New Bel-Air mansion that replaced Della Reese’s home seeks $21.9 million


For more than 30 years, singer and actress Della Reese and her husband, producer Franklin Lett, called this Bel-Air address home when they owned a mid-century home on the site.

The couple parted with the property three years ago for $7.5 million, records show, and their 9,000-square-foot house was eventually razed. Rising in its place is a modern showplace that is now for sale at $21.9 million.

Set on a promontory overlooking Stone Canyon Reservoir, the newly built home is oriented so that it takes in the entirety of the reservoir, according to listing agent Ernie Carswell of Teles Properties. Motorized walls of glass and broad picture windows make the most of the scenic views.


The 11,805 square feet of Bauhaus-vibe living was designed for small- and large-scale entertaining and features a glass-walled entry, living and dining rooms, chef’s and caterer kitchens and a media room. The kitchens, family room and wine cellar make up the open-plan space where Reese and Lett’s indoor swimming pool once stood.

The master suite comprises six rooms including a lavish bath and sitting room. There are six bedrooms and seven bathrooms in all.

A dining pavilion, grilling courtyard and various patios create additional living space outdoors. The zero-edge swimming pool — complete with a spa, waterfall feature and accent lighting — extends out toward the reservoir.

Reese, 86, gained fame as a gospel singer touring with Mahalia Jackson and released the hit single “Don’t You Know?” She went on to have her own talk show, “Della,” in 1969 and 1970, and made regular appearances on various game shows and late-night talk shows.

She starred in “Touched by an Angel” from 1994 to 2003.


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