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Coolest Athlete Homes

The value of the average home in the U.S. in April was $147,300, according to the real estate website Zillow.com. The home of the professional athlete, however, is likely to be anything but average.

The professional athlete is often a distinct type of home buyer who’s different from the average American, in part because the contract and endorsement money makes possible the purchase of colossal, multimillion-dollar homes. However, these athletes can have serious problems selling off real estate.

A multimillion-dollar mansion can have a hard time attracting a buyer, even under ideal circumstances, but the same mansion with a regulation-size basketball court attached to it can be next to impossible to sell, as basketball legend Julius Erving learned the hard way in 2010. As the great American poet Christopher Wallace (Notorious B.I.G.) once said, “The more money we come across, the more problems we see.”

What follows is a gallery of athletes’ homes that are on the market. All of them are studies in fully loaded, tricked-out luxury, as only a few people could afford. The owners were identified by the real estate site Trulia.com.

Read ahead to see 10 of the coolest athlete homes on the market.

By Daniel Bukszpan
Posted 19 June 2012