Tennis superstar Venus Williams may be a champ, but that doesn't mean she's too proud to concede a loss.
Or is it only a wily strategy that she's just listed her sun-splashed Hollywood Hills pad at $101,000 less than she paid for it eight years ago? Real estate blog Curbed calls the $1,799,000 asking price a "meager play" for a three-bedroom midcentury post-and-beam home with panoramic canyon views. We can't help but wonder whether she's hoping to incite a bidding war.
Her home at 2521 Astral Drive in Los Angeles is just one of "numerous properties" that she and sister Serena own. As listing agent Christine Taylor told Zillow Blog: "They can't live in all of them, so she decided it was time to sell, especially now that the market is stronger again. This property was close to all the Hollywood activities, but she was not using it very much."
Anyway, Williams' website makes clear that her heart isn't really in L.A. the way it is in Florida -- where her interior design business, V Starr, is based, and where she owns an enormous estate with Serena ("They each have their own identical wings and share common areas," Trulia Luxe Living blog reports. In the "My Favs" section of her site, Venus writes: "Some cities speak to my heart more than others. For instance, I have a house in L.A. but I don’t really go out when I am there. But other places have something – some kind of energy – that makes me want to explore them."
Still, the athlete-cum-designer clearly put a lot into the L.A. house. "She really took her time and redecorated the entire thing in 2007 and 2008," Taylor told Zillow. "She put in a new deck, redid all the floors, added the fireplace and all the hardware is new."
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