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BUYERS: Pete Sampras and Bridgette Wilson-Sampras
LOCATION: Los Angeles (Bel Air), CA
PRICE: $3,501,000
SIZE: 3,424 square feet, 4 bedrooms, 3 baths

YOUR MAMAS NOTES: Retired professional tennis player Pete Sampras–definitely one of the best players to manhandle and finesse a tennis racket–may be largely from the hot glare of the tennis watching public but all of the real estate obsessed children understand the A-list athlete pops up on the routine in all the star property gossip columns.

In early 2008, the 14-time Grand Slam winner and his actress wife, Bridgette Wilson-Samprasslapped a $25 million price tag to a gloomy, British Manor in Beverly Hills that they offered approximately six weeks later for just under $17 million to (Will & Grace co-creator) Max Mutchnick and his eponymous entertainment lawyer husband, Erik Hyman. The Showbizzy pair, parents to twin girls, worked the place within a sumptuously comfortable yet family friendly haute-homo glamour that was professionally photographed a year or two ago for the glossy pages of Elle Decor. But we digress…

The Sampras packed up their rackets and sneakers and decamped what Your Mama understands to be a very good portion of Beverly Hills to what your Mama knows to be a very good portion of Thousand Oaks, CA, where they’d custom built a contemporary compound on a private, 20-ish acre promontory supporting the swanky gates of the Sherwood Country Club. It was not long–March, 2010, as best as we could tell–before the sports-minded distribute was hoisted on the open market using a $25 million asking price. Mister Sampras doesn’t appear to possess a great deal of green thumb for residential real estate and his spacious Thousand Oaks estate finally sold last October (2013) for $13,560,000, pretty damn near half the original asking price.

In late 2009 or early 2010 Mister and Missus Sampras high-tailed back it over the Santa Monica Mountains to the Brentwood area in which they shelled out $5.6 million for a six bedroom plus six bathroom rustic-contemporary at the tail end of a leafy cul-de-sac. * A couple of short months ago more or less every single property gossip besides this one discussed how the increasingly peripatetic Mister and Missus Sampras laid out $5,996,500 for a 5,100 square foot celeb-pedigreed home on 2.08 acres in the mountains high above L.A.’s Bel Air. The gated estate–with circular court, swimming pool and tennis court– had previously been owned by Albert Brooks and, before him tv mega-mogul Merv Griffin.

This afternoon, out of the blue, Your Mama received tongue wagging word from one of the Bizzy Boys at Celebrity Address Aerial which Mister and Missus Sampras coughed up another $3,501,000 for a 1.12 acre property that’s adjoining (and under ) the mountain top home they just bought in Bel Air. There must have been some competition to the semi-secluded property because Your Mama’s research shows it was last recorded for $3,195,000, a whopping $306,000 less than the sale price.

Listing details we coaxed from the internets reveal the 3,424 square foot single-story residence, described in digital marketing materials as”a psychological ranch house,” sits privately down a long, gated and gated drive. An emotional ranch home? What in the devil’s name does this mean? Will the thing will break into fits of tears or have a conniption when it feels under valued? No thank you. Simply ask The Dr. Cooter. Your Mama can be a little–uh–darkened so we’ll take our home sans emotions of its own, thank you very much. Anyways…

Listings reveal the four bedroom and three bathroom house has ample, interconnected main living spaces with black chocolate brown hardwood floors, vaulted, beamed and/or exposed wood ceilings, several fireplaces and sky lighting, and expensively fitted and kitted kitchen and baths.

There is a”seamless indoor/outdoor flow” as per listing details between the home and the plethora of outdoor entertainment and recreation areas. A partially covered patio wraps around (at least) 3 sides of this abode and includes a built-in outdoor kitchen and slightly elevated dining deck tucked up from the hillside. From the house the reasons meander and drift through a sylvan and older landscape that includes two amorphous swathes of yard; a children’s park; a built-in fire pit; a spa and sauna; and an oval-shaped swimming pool surrounded by a narrow strip of flag stone terracing.

While both properties do buttocks up against each other and share a long, common border, the smaller home –the one featured here–sits well below the larger one and it appears to Your Mama this to get from 1 house to another Mister and Missus Sampras will have to set up a lengthy, booty-busting stairway or–better yet–a short-haul funicular.

Decision Iffin we’re honest, kids, and we all aways arewe acknowledge that we have no thought –nada, zip, zilch–if Mister and Missus Sampras moved to the Brentwood abode full time or should they remained primarily in house in Thousand Oaks and merely used the Brentwood property as an in-town crash pad. 

List photos: Partners Trust