Former LA home of boxing legend Muhammad Ali hits the market at $17M

Located within the historic and prestigious guard-gated community of Freemont Place near Hancock Park, the former home of boxing champ Muhammed Ali has recently been listed at $16,999,999. The main house on the property has 9 bedroom and 7 bathrooms. The large guest house includes an additional bedroom and full bath.

The boxing legend, who died in 2016 at the age of 74, purchased the sprawling home in 1979 and resided there with his third wife, Veronica Porché Ali, and their two children until they parted ways in 1986.

From the listing description:

Set behind the prestigious gates of Fremont Place is the sprawling estate of 55 Fremont. The meticulously maintained Italian Renaissance mansion boasts 14,449 sq ft of living space on over 1.5 acres of park-like grounds, 9 bedrooms, and 4 bathrooms. Once home to internationally celebrated boxer, Muhammad Ali, the home has hosted celebrities and dignitaries from around the world including Barack and Michelle Obama.

55 Fremont Place was built in 1916 by Martin Henry Mosier. His vision was to create “one of the beautiful residences in the fashionable Wilshire district”. To achieve his dream, Mr. Mosier enlisted the help of John C. Austin, an architect and civic leader known for his involvement in several landmark buildings such as the Griffith Park Observatory, Los Angeles City Hall and the Hollywood Masonic Temple.

Portions of the original interior were decorated by Louis Comfort Tiffany. The stunning stained glass Tiffany windows have been meticulously maintained. The estate was later sold to longtime local residents, Don and Alice Willfong, who lovingly restored it in the 1970’s. In 1979, the prize-fighting legend, Muhammad Ali and his wife, bought the home. The Ali’s called the neighborhood home from 1979 to 1986. In 1980, this Fremont Place home was designated as Historic Landmark #9 by the Windsor Square–Hancock Park Historical Society, under the name The “Mosier / Fifield / Willfong / Ali Home.” The home has been further updated and renewed by its current owners, who purchased the property in 2001.

The gated community of Fremont Place was developed in 1911 by Charles Ingram, David Barry and George Briggs. The exclusive, park-like district of dignified mansions have been home celebrities and civic leaders. The impressive gates mark the entrance to the development and were designed by J. Martyn Haenke, one of the architects of the Chandler House. They were originally constructed to distinguish Fremont Place from the competing developments of Hancock Park and Windsor Square. The original plan for Fremont Place included 48 lots on 50 acres, and specified that no home would cost less than $7,500. However, due to economic turmoil of the Great Depression, many of the original lots were subdivided, allowing for the current placement of 73 homes.

Stefani Stolper, Kevin Stolper, and Matthew Clayman of Douglas Elliman have the listing.