The Los Angeles home where Muhammad Ali lived from 1979 to 1986 has been put on the market for $16.999 million. Located on one and a half acres in the gated neighborhood of Fremont inside Hancock Park, the home has nine bedrooms and seven bathrooms. Ali lived there with his third wife, Veronica Porché.
Ali, who died in 2016 at the age of 74, became a gold medalist at the 1960 Olympics in Rome when he was just 18. He quickly became a dominant presence on the professional boxing circuit, winning the heavyweight title three times. His first attempt at the title was against Sonny Liston in 1964. Ali was considered a 7-1 underdog, but he handily won in six rounds.
Ali was given the honor of lighting the flame at the 1996 Olympics in Atlanta. Sports Illustrated named him the Sportsman of the Century in 1999 and he was awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom in 2005.
The 14,000-square-foot house, designed by architect John C. Austin, was named a historic landmark by the Windsor Square–Hancock Park Historical Society in 1980. Austin also designed the Shrine Auditorium and Griffith Observatory in Los Angeles,
The home’s 1916 origins are apparent in nearly every room -- from the ornate chandeliers, to the mahogany paneling and to the decorative carved moldings and trim. Two glass Tiffany windows still remain. “It’s a once in a lifetime purchase,” said listing agent Stefani Stolper who has co-listed the property with Matthew Clayman, both of Douglas Elliman. “These homes only come on the market very rarely and there’s only a couple of other homes [in Fremont] that are this size.”
The entryway opens to a large foyer with mahogany walls and corbelling details underneath the ornate trim.
The living room is large enough to accommodate a piano and several seating areas. An informal living room includes a full-sized wet bar and room for a large crowd. Overhead lighting can be positioned to highlight artwork. One of the original fireplaces is still in good condition.
The kitchen has been upgraded with modern appliances, including a professional chef quality refrigerator and freezer.
A sitting room previously served as Ali’s office.
Lace window dressing in the mirrored bathroom -- which is more than 100 years old -- dates to the original owners.
The property also has a pool, outdoor water features, numerous secluded gardens plus an additional one-bedroom, one-bathroom guest house.