The newly built contemporary house at 9233 Swallow Drive, Los Angeles, is listed for sale at $21.85 million. (Simon Berlyn)
Thirty years ago this week, Johnny Carson capped off the sale of his Carbon Beach-area home in Malibu to John McEnroe with the first of six two-hour lessons by the tennis star. The private lessons were part of an unusual deal negotiated into the contract and escrow instructions.
These days, it’s another Los Angeles County property that’s bringing stars together. In Topanga Canyon, a tennis court estate owned by real estate investor and legendary playboy Steven M. Powers is on the market for $2.5 million.
Powers has used the property to host a grass-court showcase timed to coincide with Wimbledon since 2012. Dubbed the Wimbledon Pro Am, the amateur event has attracted such former pros as Jimmy Connors, Anand Amritraj, Bill Scanlon, Dereck Restango and Doug Adler, among others.
Real estate investor, developer and legendary playboy Steven M. Powers has put a tennis court estate in Topanga on the market for $2.5 million.
Romancing a buyer
Author Jeraldine Saunders, whose book “Love Boats" spawned the TV series and films, still hasn’t come up with a final chapter for her longtime home in Glendale.
It was in August 2005 that Saunders first offered up the 3,036-square-foot house, but ended up not selling.
The 1950s home, on a half-acre knoll with panoramic cityscape, canyon and hillside views, returned to the market last fall before making another exit from the market this summer.
Jeraldine Saunders, the author behind TV's "Love Boat," listed her Glendale house at $1.999 million. (Marc Angeles | Getty Images)
What we’re reading
Venus and Serena Williams, who have 13 doubles Grand Slam tournament victories to their names, appear to be just as formidable away from the court. The tennis stars this week sold their loft in New York's Garment District for $2.1 million, or $750,000 more than what they paid for the apartment in 2005, reports ESPN. The buyer is none other than litigator Ted Wells, who recently handled the Deflategate incident involving Tom Brady and the New England Patriots.
How’s this for family bonding: Related buyers have paid $58.635 million for five units occupying the top six floors of a high-rise on New York’s Upper East Side, according to the Wall Street Journal. The two relatives plan to combine the apartments to create two separate units.
And finally, it might be a good time to dust off those umbrellas. L.A. Times reporter Rong-Gong Lin II brings word of a “Godzilla El Niño” developing in the Pacific Ocean that could bring “once-in-a-generation storms” to the Southland later this year. Those quick to welcome the showers, be warned: The powerful El Niño could have devastating repercussions.
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