'Extraordinary': Newly listed Hollywood home includes 5-story tennis court

/ Source: Zillow

Like a nuclear bunker for the Hollywood set, this 50,000-square-foot mansion hides most of its glamour underground.

Mark Singer / Zillow
Zillow
Mark Singer / Zillow

The subterranean luxury begins with a 10,000-square-foot, Moroccan-style spa that offers more opulence than many five-star hotels: a sauna, meditation rooms, baths and an indoor pool surrounded by archways that were constructed by 300 nomadic Moroccan tribesmen and assembled at the home's location just outside Los Angeles.

Mark Singer / Zillow
Mark Singer / Zillow
Mark Singer / Zillow

"It's literally the most extraordinary work of art I've ever seen," said listing agent Marcie Hartley of Hilton & Hyland.

Mark Singer / Zillow
Mark Singer / Zillow

An actual artist lived in the home for 10 years doing gold-leaf work, from religious figures in the chapel to faux shelves in the library that conceal a powder room.

Mark Singer / Zillow
Mark Singer / Zillow
Mark Singer / Zillow

Beneath ground with the grand spa is a five-story tennis court where Pete Sampras played.

Mark Singer / Zillow
Mark Singer / Zillow

It transforms into a banquet hall that seats 350 people, has an adjacent catering kitchen and opens to an outdoor clay tennis court, an outdoor pool and a large lawn with a pizza oven.

Mark Singer / Zillow
Mark Singer / Zillow
Mark Singer / Zillow

The yard also features a bocce court flanked by citrus trees, 70-year-old carob trees along the driveway and herb gardens overlooking the city.

Mark Singer / Zillow
Mark Singer / Zillow
Mark Singer / Zillow

The owner, shrimp importing CEO John Blazevich, took 17 years to build the mansion, finishing in 2002.

Mark Singer / Zillow
Mark Singer / Zillow

It's on the market for $53 million, making it one of the most expensive homes in the West.

Mark Singer / Zillow
Mark Singer / Zillow

The mansion delves downward because of a community rule that homes have only a single story above ground, according to the Los Angeles Times. All 9 bedrooms and many of the 25 bathrooms are on the 20,000-square-foot, above-ground level.

Related: