Sela Ward's California Home on Market for Almost $40 Million
By Melissa Allison
Just two years out of "CSI: NY," Sela Ward has a hankering to live in the Big Apple -- and that means putting her 14,000-square-foot gated estate in the swanky Bel-Air neighborhood of Los Angeles on the market. For $39.995 million.
Ward, who recently landed the role of the U.S. president in next year's "Independence Day: Resurgence," bought the sprawling mansion on eight acres in 2003 with her husband, Howard Sherman, so their children could spend more time in nature, she told the Wall Street Journal.
The couple revamped the seven-bedroom, 13-bath estate and intended to flip it, until Ward "greeted me at the door one day and said, 'Let's live here!'" Sherman told Traditional Home.
Gracious Southern and French style mix in the five-bedroom main home, where century-old heart pine floors complement reclaimed wood beams from Louisiana and Ward's native Mississippi, plus antique doors and limestone counters from France.
The home includes a 30-seat theater, a library enveloped in cypress wood, and a small greenhouse off the indoor kitchen that Ward calls "l'orangerie."
A wall of doors in the living room opens onto a terrace that overlooks a stream lined with rose bushes and Mexican lime trees.
The property encompasses an art studio and guesthouse as well as a vineyard, a covered footbridge and a 100-seat amphitheater.
Residents and guests have two choices for swimming: an infinity pool and a man-made pond with a sandy beach lit by tiki torches.
Listing agents are Branden Williams and Rayni Romito of Williams & Williams at Hilton & Hyland, an affiliate of Christie's International Real Estate, and Jade Mills of Coldwell Banker Previews International.