In the fickle world of celebrity real estate, athletes are among the more likely people to buy and sell and rent new homes, as they are subject to the whims of where their contracts take them. And in the slides to follow, you’ll also see a few properties affected by the 2011 NBA lockout.
In the basketball world, as we’ve seen in other celebrity real estate slideshows, a property sometimes trades from one set of famous hands to another pair. This recently happened with a celebrity-pedigreed house that’s been on the market for nearly a year. Chris Paul bought the Bel Air house owned by singer Avril Lavigne.
The houses ahead, most provided by Realtor.com and Zillow, are a window into recent comings and goings in the basketball world. It will reveal what Dallas Maverick Lamar Odom has in common with a new guy you might have heard of, Jeremy Lin. We begin with a bit of (pardon us) Lintrigue involving four NBA players and two states.
By Colleen KanePosted 24 February 2012
Price: Less than $13,000 / month
Location: New York
Square footage: 1,182
When the new Knick star first spread Linsanty upon the nation, he was crashing on his brother’s couch with no home to call his own.
However, he just signed up for a furnished Sunshine Select Residence at the W Downtown hotel and residences [pictured at left], according to the New York Post. The Wall Street Journal says Lin got “a better deal” for the apartment than the listed monthly rent of $13,000.
Earlier, the New York Daily Newsreported that Lin had sublet an apartment from former Knick David Lee at Trump Tower in suburban White Plains for about $3,800 a month. The newspaper said it used to belong to Amar’e Stoudemire before Lin’s teammate moved to swankier digs in Manhattan. The Journal says Lin never actually lived there.
Fellow B-baller Lamar Odom, who plays for the Dallas Mavericks, also livesin a W Hotel and residences building with his wife, Khloe Kardashian. Among the amenities for W residents are a digital gaming lounge and a rooftop terrace. It’s not the fanciest apartment available in the building. Lin opted for a mid-level apartment, the Post says. Still, he’s gone a long way from couch-surfing in just a few weeks.
Price: $3.7 million
Location: Southwest Ranches, Fla.
Square footage: 14,555
Last fall, the Knick All Star who became a pro baller right out of high school in 2002 bought a custom house in his native state of Florida. The mansion is in Southwest Ranches, a suburb of Fort Lauderdale, and Stoudemire got it for a discount from the original $4.65 million asking price, according to the real estate website Zillow.com.
The 3-year-old luxury property features soaring ceilings to accommodate the 6-foot-11 Stoudemire and his tallest ball-playing visitors, two bars and a summer (outdoor) kitchen for their enjoyment, a heated pool with waterfalls and slide for their entertainment, and a nine-car garage. Stoudemire also rents a $37,500-a-month apartment in the 99 Jane Street building in New York’s West Village, Zillow says.
Price: $1.55 million in 2005
Location: Lake Minnetonka, Minn.
Square footage: N/A
As you might have heard, New Jersey Net Kris Humphries recently had cause to move back to his house on Lake Minnetonka in his home state of Minnesota. Enter the DIY Networks program “Man Caves,” which intervened to properly bachelor up the pad for an episode in January.
According to DIY Network, the redecorated lake hideaway features a dark palette of colors and the windows are fitted with gray shades for privacy. In the master bedroom, the initials KH dominate from above the bed, which is flanked by quilted-looking metallic walls. The lounge is outfitted with black Barcelona chairs, a TV that takes up the entire wall and turns opaque when not in use, a bar with monogrammed KH tumblers and kegerator, and a deluxe coffee station with flavored syrups galore, so the caffeinated Humphries can stay up as late as he wants watching sports and eating junk food.
Price: $6.2 million
Location: Littleton, Colo.
Square footage: 21,083
Former Denver Nugget and current Knick Carmelo Anthony put his Colorado mansion on the market in June 2010 for $9.5 million when he was anticipating the change of teams, and there his house stayed for a year before selling for $6.2 million. That’s even less of a good deal considering he paid $12.2 million for it in 2007, according to nbcnewyork.com.
Located in the gated community Polo Ridge Estate, the mansion has a music studio and a barn with pasture, along with the more expected luxury amenities like a guest house, pool, gym and seven-car garage.
Price: $12.333 million
Location: Miami Beach, Fla.
Square footage: 12,000
Miami Heat forward Chris Bosh’s choice of a minimal modern architectural mansion is a welcome break from the gilded, pillared and ornamented new mansions chosen by so many of his athletic contemporaries. The asking price was as high as $18 million and dipped down to $14.97 million, but Bosh got the even better price of $12.333 million when he purchased it in 2010., according to The Miami Herald.
The all-white structure offers floor-to-ceiling views of the infinity pool and beyond that, Biscayne Bay, and includes more than 100 feet of waterfront property with a dock. Each of the seven bedrooms has a balcony.
Price: $2.5 million
Location: Postal Store, Fla.
Square footage: 9,035
In July 2009, Miami Heat’s Dwayne Wade tweeted that his house was on the market for $3.3 million, which he said was a “real bargain,” according to zillow.com. Despite that celebrity endorsement, the gated home didn’t sell until the next year for even more of a bargain at $2.5 million.
The circa-2005 custom house built on 41 acres features a gazebo and summer kitchen for outdoor entertaining. As for indoor entertainment, there’s a home theater and media room and an “enormous customized master suite.”
Price: $1.595 million
Bathrooms: 3 full, 1 half
Square footage: 2,607
The great NBA lockout of 2011 caused some basketball players to put their homes on the market, including Miami Heat forward Mike Miller and Boston Celtic Jermaine O’Neal, according to the Realtor blog. Dallas Maverick guard Jason Kidd was the third seller in that group.
The 21st floor apartment offers views of downtown Dallas from its floor-to-ceiling windows that can be blocked out when desired with motorized Lutron blinds. Other features include hardwood and stone floors and a gourmet kitchen with Miele and Sub-Zero appliances. The condo even comes with a private four-car garage, but it is still up for sale.
Price: $8.995 million
Location: Pompano Beach, Fla.
Square footage: 8,870
Speaking of Miami Heat forward Mike Miller, one of the basketball players to list his home during the 2011 lockout, his Florida mansion is still on the market.
It has views of the Atlantic and a private dock offering access to Hillsboro Bay. It has soaring ceilings and marble floors throughout, a master bedroom with two master baths, including a raised Roman bathtub. The outdoor pool has a swim-up wet bar, just like all the best resorts.
Price: $3 million
Location: Newport Coast, Calif.
Bathrooms: 5 full 1 half
Square footage: N/A
One player who bought instead of sold during the NBA lockout is former L.A. Clipper and current Charlotte Bobcat Corey Maggette. It listed for just under $3.5 million and sold for an even $3 mill.
The 10-year-old Mediterranean-style home comes with canyon views and another NBA neighbor, according to the Orange County Register. The Lakers’ Kobe Bryant owns two homes in Pelican Ridge.
Price: $12 million to $20 million to build
Location: Jupiter, Fla.
Square footage: 28,000
And to end with a legendary old-school basketball player, let's take a look at his enormous mansion complex. Michael Jordan's compound is in the 55-estate luxury community developed by eminent golfer Jack Nicklaus, known as the Bears Club. The community is already very private, but Jordan’s grounds have a two-story guardhouse. Naturally, the sprawling estate also features an athletic wing with a basketball court and gym, a guest house and a pool house.