Over the course of a 14-season NBA career, basketball legend Wilt Chamberlain averaged an astonishing 30 points and 23 rebounds per game, and his 1962 record of 100 points in a single game still stands today.
For these impressive athletic feats, Chamberlain was nicknamed the Big Dipper; fittingly, the home architect David Tenneson Rich designed for the superstar in 1971 is known fondly by the Latin form of that moniker, Ursa Major.
Widely considered a stellar example of Brutalist architecture, the home—a 7,158-square-foot tour de force sited on a 2.5-acre ridgetop overlooking the Stone Canyon Reservoir and the Palos Verdes Peninsula—was inspired by triangular forms as well as the designs of Frank Lloyd Wright and the redwood groves of Yosemite National Park.
Constructed of wood, steel, and stone it is enveloped by a moat-like assemblage of swimming and reflecting pools.
The sophisticated public spaces flow together harmoniously, creating immense flexibility for consummate modern living.
Beneath a multi-story cathedral ceiling of redwood and glass are a living room, a sunken conversation pit with a handsome stone fireplace, a billiards room where Chamberlain’s custom-built table remains, and a formal dining room with a dramatic promontory that incorporates a spa and an in-floor portal to the swimming pool.
Among the modern updates and additions are a chef’s kitchen with stainless-steel appliances and a lower level reconfigured to include guest suites, offices, a media room, garages, and a temperature-controlled storage space.
Of the six restful bedrooms the home now offers, the master suite—with its bedroom, stylish baths, closets, and office space—continues to occupy the entire upper level and opens to a spacious private balcony.
Outdoors, amid striking landscaped gardens, a covered patio with an alfresco kitchen is a shady retreat, and the refreshing pool basks in sunlight and views of the city skyline.
A stone bridge spans the pool, linking the patio areas to the home’s interiors. In addition to multi-car garaging, the property also includes a spacious motor court and gated parking for more than 20 cars.
The location, off Mulholland Drive, is fittingly prestigious for a home of such unique style, stature, and provenance.
Offered at: $18,999,000
Location: Ursa Major, 1971, 15216 Antelo Place, Los Angeles, CA 90077
Represented by: Heidi lake, Marc Silver, and Barry Sloane