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Wilt Chamberlain’s Legendary Lair Rebounds Onto the Market for $14.9M

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The former bachelor pad of basketball legend Wilt Chamberlain is back in the sales lineup again.

Previously listed for $19 million, the Bel-Air, CA, home is now available for $14.9 million.

The 9,395-square-foot mansion was custom-built for the NBA star in 1971 by architect David Rich. Chamberlain chose the secluded 2.5-acre hilltop lot for its privacy and views.

Chamberlain died in 1999, and the home was extensively renovated from 2008 to 2013.

The mansion was “inspired by Frank Lloyd Wright‘s organic style and the natural beauty of California,” according to Zac Mostame, who represents the listing with Santiago Arana and Jonathan Carr.

It also features an untold number of bedrooms as well as eight bathrooms.

The house built for Wilt Chamberlain

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Views from the residence

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In his 1991 autobiography, “A View From Above,” Chamberlain boasted of bedding more than 20,000 women, many of them in this home.

Among the ’70s-era highlights of the home were a primary suite with a mirrored, retractable ceiling above the bed and a sunken bathtub at the foot of it. There was also a playroom with a water-bed floor, a dining room with an in-floor spa, as well as a swimming pool that extended into the living room.

Remodeled dining room

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While many of those risque features have disappeared, a few of the ground-breaking architectural features remain. They include 200 tons of stonework and a 14-foot-high, 2,000-pound front door.

The five-story living room “harmoniously blends a cathedral ceiling, walls of windows, tree-like columns, and Bouquet Canyon stone,” says Mostame.

Living room

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Also revitalized was the enormous swimming pool, which still extends into the living room. According to the agent, such a water feature that wraps around the house would be impossible to build today due to building codes.

Water features wrap around the house.

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Most of the remodeling was done by Dmitri Novikov, who purchased the property for $6.55 million in 2008. He added a chef’s kitchen with stainless-steel appliances and reconfigured the downstairs space to include guest suites, offices, a media room, and garages.

Novikov also removed the sunken tub at the foot of the bed in the primary suite.

Other luxe amenities include a billiard room, gym, redwood sauna, and outdoor kitchen.

Pool at the former Wilt Chamberlain residence

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Chamberlain built his dream house for a little over $1 million and called it “Ursa Major,” the Latin name for the Big Dipper, which was Chamberlain’s nickname.

Chamberlain’s NBA career spanned 14 seasons, during which he averaged a remarkable 30 points and 23 rebounds per game. The 7-foot-1 center scored 100 points in a single game in 1962—a record that stands today. He died of congestive heart failure in 1999. He was 63.

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