Elle Decor

Nov. 1, 2017

The tennis star seems ready to pivot towards a more family-friendly home.

Serena Williams, actual goddess and arguably the world's greatest athlete, has had a busy year. In January she won her 23rd Grand Slam (while 8 weeks pregnant). Then, just last month, she put her Bel Air home on the market for a cool $12 million.

Now, Williams and fiancé Alexis Ohanian just purchased a stunning 6-bedroom Spanish Revival-inspired home in Beverly Hills, as if you weren't already jealous enough.

The tennis star seems ready to pivot towards a more family-friendly home to accommodate her growing household — she and Ohanian welcomed their baby daughter, Alexis Olympia Ohanian, Jr., in early September 2017.

The spectacular home was purchased for $6.6 million dollars through Sam Real at Nest Seekers International, and is located in the exclusive gated community Summit Estates, in Beverly Hills. Real tells that security was likely a selling point for the celebrity couple. Summit is a well-known haven for celebrities looking to raise their children in safety, and has previously been home to stars like Britney Spears and Gwen Stefani.

The home, though contemporary, owes its Mediterranean aesthetic to historic Old California architecture, and the theme is carried through in the finishes and style inside.

Sharon Taftian, the interior designer responsible for the home, tells, "My initial vision for the house was to do a modern interpretation of a Mediterranean design. I translated that into the selection of the finishes. For example, in the secondary bathroom we did a Moroccan vibe with the encaustic tiles."

She adds, "Then most of the bathrooms have an unlacquered brass finish," noting, "I wanted to do unlacquered specifically because I think it ages really well and that patina is so characteristic of the California Mediterranean revival homes."

Taftian designed the home long before Williams purchased it, but says that she created it with a family in mind, explaining, "I’m married and I have a four-year-old. I had to put myself in the position of: If I lived here, what would make it the most comfortable." 

To that end, Taftian chose to incorporate touches that are clean, but unfussy. Every detail is designed to give the home a feel that is elevated, but still very much lived-in. The 6-bedroom space is also ideal for a growing brood. The top floor boasts a 3-bedroom arrangement that could be easily transformed into a playroom with a pair of childrens' bedrooms, should the Williams-Ohanian family continue to expand.

No word on whether the famous family has moved in yet, but there's no doubt they'll make many happy memories in their new home. See more of the property below.

12043 Summit Circle Beverly Hills CA 90210 12043 Summit Circle Beverly Hills CA 90210
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