Hot Property: New champ sought for onetime L.A. home of Muhammad Ali

In Hancock Park, an Italian Renaissance-style mansion that once belonged to boxing great Muhammad Ali has come on the market for $17 million.

Ali bought the home with his third wife, Veronica, in 1979 around the time of his first retirement, according to the listing brokerage. The couple lived there until their divorce in 1986.

Built in 1916, the stately home fits right in with the historic estates of Fremont Place. It was designed by John C. Austin, the noted architect responsible for Los Angeles staples such as the Griffith Observatory, the Shrine Auditorium, the Hollywood Masonic Temple and Los Angeles City Hall.

Spanning 1.5 acres, the property centers on a 14,500-square-foot mansion with seven bedrooms and seven bathrooms. Dramatic chandeliers top living spaces replete with stone fireplaces, wood paneling and stained glass windows.


Highlights include a grand entry hall, a formal dining room, a living room with bay windows, a den with a wet bar and a rounded breakfast nook. On the side of the home, a half-circle sunroom receives light from glass ceilings.

A fireplace anchors the master suite, which opens to a column-lined deck. The landscaped grounds also hold a flagstone patio, a grassy yard and a series of fountains and lounges.

Ali, who died three years ago at 74, is considered one of the greatest boxers and athletes of all time. A native of Louisville, Ky., the heavyweight won 61 fights during his career, including a memorable 1964 defeat of then-champion Sonny Liston, and was the only fighter to win the heavyweight crown three times.

Stefani Stolper of Douglas Elliman holds the listing.

She’s ready to work out a deal

It’s a new year and a new price for the Malibu home of Jillian Michaels.

The fitness trainer, television personality and author has relisted her house on Las Flores Beach at $8.795 million, a $20,000 uptick in price from when it was last on the market two years ago.

The three-story house, built in 1990, puts forth a minimalist-modern face with a poured concrete and tiled exterior underscored by walls of glass. The subdued look continues inside, where a floating steel-and-glass staircase is sandwiched between thick pillars of concrete.


On the main level, open-plan living spaces feature high ceilings, wood-paneled ceilings and retractable walls of glass that open to expansive decking. The kitchen, which adjoins an ocean-view dining area, pairs designer cabinetry with a Caesarstone-topped island/bar.

The more than 4,300 square feet of interior also holds three bedrooms, four updated bathrooms and an office. Two ocean-facing balconies create additional space on the third floor.

Michaels, 44, has been a familiar face in fitness paid programming for more than a decade, appearing in infomercials promoting her weight loss and exercise programs. She has also appeared on the reality shows “The Biggest Loser” and “Losing It With Jillian,” as well as the talk show “The Doctors” as a co-host.

As an author, she has written or co-written more than a dozen books, the most recent of which, “The 6 Keys,” was released last year.


Michaels bought the property nearly a decade ago for $6.625 million.

Chris Cortazzo of Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage and Bruce Mibach of Compass are the co-listing agents.

A beachside community to retire to

Joey Votto is putting the biggest contract in Cincinnati Reds history to good use. The six-time All-Star has paid $10.5 million for a modern home in Hermosa Beach.


The newly built estate, which first listed last year for $13.2 million, sits feet from the sand. A three-story staircase and elevator navigate the floor plan.

Spanning 3,826 square feet, the interior holds a family room, a dining area, a sleek kitchen and an indoor-outdoor living room. Elsewhere are four fireplaces, four bedrooms and 4.5 bathrooms.

Clerestory windows line one bedroom, and on the top level, the master suite opens to an ocean-facing balcony. A sun deck hangs off the second story as well.

On the ground floor, an oversize bar extends out to a patio lounge with a fireplace. Stone finishes touch up the exterior.


Votto, 35, inked a 12-year deal with the Reds worth $251.5 million in 2012. After being drafted by Cincinnati in 2007, he’s played with the team his entire career and won the NL MVP award in 2010.

Dennis Moloney of Strand Hill Christies International Realty was the listing agent. Kevin Pratt, also with Strand Hill, represented the buyer.

Mediterranean manse is off to the races

A newly built Mediterranean mansion developed by former Grand Prix motorcycle racer John Kocinski has hit the market in the Hollywood Hills for $30 million.


The stylish estate, found in the celebrity-popular Bird Streets neighborhood, was designed by Richardson Robertson III. The architect’s body of work includes Fleur de Lys, the 45,000-square-foot mansion in Holmby Hills that sold five years ago for around $88 million.

A porte-cochère fronts the property, leading into a private flagstone motor court that provides 125 feet of separation between the street and the arched double-door entry. In 9,000 square feet, the home holds four bedrooms, eight bathrooms and bright living spaces bathed in oak and marble.

Five fireplaces with hand-carved mantels are spread across the interior. Highlights include a family room full of built-ins, a living room that opens to a deck, a library, a movie theater and a wine cellar.

In the master suite, four sets of French doors open to a balcony with city light views. The flagstone continues onto the patio out back, surrounding a swimming pool.


Kocinski raced from the late ’80s into the ’90s, winning a Grand Prix World Championship in 1990 and a Superbike World Championship in 1997.

Lupita Rangel of United Agency Beverly Hills holds the listing.

Tenant sought for home court

NBA center Spencer Hawes, who played for six different squads during his professional career, is trying out a new position in Manhattan Beach: landlord. The basketball pro’s ocean-view townhome is up for lease at $28,000 per month.


A block from the beach, the two-story spot fits four bedrooms and 4.5 bathrooms into 2,943 square feet. In addition, a 400-square-foot rooftop deck overlooks the water.

White walls and hardwood floors line the interior. There’s a yoga room, a dining area, a whitewashed kitchen and a living room with a fireplace.

Powder blue farmhouse doors provide a splash of color in one bedroom, and another opens to a front-facing balcony. Different styles of tile fill the bathrooms, and in the master suite, there’s a free-standing tub.

Hawes, 30, was a McDonald’s All-American in high school and spent a year at the University of Washington before the Sacramento Kings drafted him in 2007. He also played with the 76ers, Cavaliers, Clippers, Hornets and Bucks before being waived by Milwaukee in 2017.


He bought the home two years ago for $5.575 million, records show.

William Passavia of Compass holds the listing. | Twitter: @LATHotProperty