NBA star on the Toronto Raptors
7 bedrooms, 8 bathrooms, 6,609 square feet, basketball court
The NBA star spends the season in Canada, but his new digs say that he’s keen to stay close to his roots. DeMar was a standout high school basketball star at Compton High School in Los Angeles, and he didn’t go far for college when he landed at the University of Southern California.
He didn’t last long in the college basketball world. He played just one year before being drafted by Toronto as the 9th pick in the first round of the 2009 NBA draft.
DeMar has spent the entirety of his NBA career north of the border, but he’s now got a sweet SoCal spot to spend his downtime at.
In a guard-gated neighborhood, DeMar’s new Tarzana house has a dual staircase, distressed wood floors, media room, kitchen with double island, top-of-the-line stainless steel appliances, a family room with beamed ceilings, a kitchen that opens to outdoor covered patio and fireplace, a large formal dining area, living room with high ceilings, fireplace, and doors that open to the backyard, office, maids and laundry room.
All bedrooms are suites with their own bathrooms, and a huge master retreat has a sitting area, balcony, two closets and an incredible master bathroom with soaking tub and steam shower.
The backyard has rolling lawns, a large sparkling pool and spa with slide, covered cabana and a massive basketball/sport court, where DeMar can dribble in the warm California sun.
Off the court, DeMar needs more space. He and his fiance, Kiara Morrison, welcomed a daughter in May 2013.
3 stories, moat, custom-built, 8 bedrooms, 10 bathrooms
NBA baller Dwayne Wade and actress Gabrielle Union wed this weekend…and they did it in style!
The newlyweds exchanged vows at a private, custom-built, castle-like estate in the Miami area, complete with a moat!
The black-and-white affair was attended by sports and Hollywood A-listers, and guests were able to explore the grounds of the gorgeous venue, a for-sale home called “Chateau Artisan” that was recently up for grabs for $12.8 million.
Designed and built in 2007 by famed architect Charles Sieger, the fabulous 14-acre estate sits in the middle of a moat, with water on all sides. The home has 8 bedrooms, 10 bathrooms, a wine cellar, sprawling lawns, a koi pond and incredible gardens.
If the moat isn’t enough, in case of emergencies, the home has impact glass and a full-house generator.
The castle, with all its bells and whistles, was the perfect place for Dwayne and Gabrielle to start their ‘fairy tale’ life.
Guard for the Orlando Magic
6 bedrooms, 6.25 bathrooms, 13,298 square feet, indoor basketball court, pool
Orlando Magic Guard Ben Gordon is bouncing out of the mansion he owns in the Detroit suburb of Rochester, MI.
Now on the market for $4,189,000, Gordon’s home sits on 1.7 acres and has 6 bedrooms, 6.25 bathrooms, 13,298 square feet, an indoor basketball court and a home gym. A necessity for cold Michigan winters, the home has a fully-finished lower level that’s been converted into a massive living and play area.
The fully-functioning indoor basketball court comes complete with a massive locker room and spa with plunge pools. Just like being at the arena, but in the comfort of your own home!
Fit for a serious NBA baller, the magnificent luxury estate is located within a private, gated community, surrounded by multi-mil
Gordon set out of the path to greatness when he started his career with the Chicago Bulls. He became an unrestricted free-agent in the 2008-09 season. He signed a five-year, $55 million-dollar contract with the Detroit Pistons, which is when he picked up this incredible home. In June 2012, Gordon and a future first-round draft pick were traded to the Charlotte Bobcats (who are now known as the Charlotte Hornets), where he played until he was waived in March 2014. In July 2014, Gordon headed to sunny Florida, when he signed with the Orlando Magic for a reported two-year, $9 million contract.
Karen Walls of RE/MAX South Michigan holds the luxurious listing.
Pacific Palisades, CA
NBA star on the Miami Heat
6 bedrooms, 8 bathrooms, 10,755 square feet, resort-style pool, views
The NBA star, who currently dribbles for the Miami Heat, is away from this home so frequently that it’s time to finally give it up. He’d hung on to it for a few years and had it for rent for $45,000 a month. With a life in gorgeous Miami and a $12,333,000 mansion on the water there, Chris and his wife no longer needed the to-die-for So Cal spread.
Chris’ for-sale place on the West Coast is a real palace in the Palisades. For a mere $14.5 million, you’ll get a wonderful ocean-view gated estate on approximately an acre-and-a-half. Secluded at the top of a knoll, the home has spectacular unobstructed views of the gorgeous Pacific Ocean and mountains. The outdoor area is punctuated with a resort-style infinity pool with swim up bar and lounge areas. A huge outdoor eating area features a full outdoor kitchen with pizza oven. There’s even an outdoor shower and large flat grassy area, perfect for extravagant entertaining. Inside, you’ll find a movie theatre, bar area with billiards, basically a total sports bar within the house.
The home is perfect for the CEO-type, with it’s ultra-luxurious office/library. Last but not least, the home has a huge master suite with dual master baths with huge walk-in closets and large ocean view balcony with spa off the master.
For those who need a little extra help around the (giant) house, the home comes with fully-equipped staff quarters.
Shen Shultz of Sotheby’s International Realty holds the listing.
Sunny Isles Beach, FL
10-time world champion professional boxer
4-bedroom, 4.5 bath, 3,020 square-foot high-rise condo
Floyd “Money” Mayweather Jr., arguably today’s most notable professional boxer, has landed some hard-punching headlines in his day, but say what you may about the 10-time world champion, he is now being given a title that is sure to break some necks – Floyd Mayweather, family man.
According to his listing agent, the recent 2014 ESPY Award Winning “Best Fighter” is ready to throw the towel on his stunning 4-bedroom, 4.5 bathroom Miami Beach high-rise for a single-family home so that his growing children “to have space to run around.”
Seeking nearly $2.6 million for his 3,020 square-foot penthouse suite, Mayweather the businessman is hoping to make a $1.1 million-dollar profit on the sale. According to property records, he stayed true to his “money” nickname and purchased the condo for $1.5 million in cash back in 2010.
The luxury condo sits in the heart of Miami Beach and offers spectacular ocean views. High-end interior designers ‘Luxury Interiors by Steven G’ have created a mid-century modern oasis with marble and hardwood flooring with sleek fixtures throughout. The roomy kitchen features a flat island stove with stainless steel hood surrounded by modern cabinets. The small boutique style building comes fully equipped with swimming pool, jacuzzi, fitness center, 24-hour security and clubhouse.
Images via listing agent Tanash Pettigrew and Galleria International Realty.
Los Angeles, CA
USC football star, NFL superstar and Kim Kardashian's ex-boyfriend
3 bedrooms, 6 bathrooms, 4,831 square feet, views, pool
Detroit Lions star running back (and Kim Kardashian ex) Reggie Bush is selling his striking modern estate above the Sunset Strip for $6 miliion.
Bush has been based in Los Angeles since his days at USC, where he was a star player and All-American. He even took home the highly-coveted Heisman Trophy, which he later voluntarily forfeited, after the NCAA uncovered misdeeds by the USC football program.
Despite the college-era drama, Bush has gone on to a rock solid NFL career, playing with the New Orleans Saints, where he brought home a 2010 Super Bowl championship.
After a stint in 2012 with the Miami Dolphins, Bush is now based in Detroit with his fiance, Lilit Avagyan, and their new daughter.
Back on the West Coast, Bush is selling the bachelor/party pad he picked up in 2007 for $4,700,000. He tried to part with the house in 2009, asking $5,099,000 for the blinged-out, hyper-personalized house. Five years and about 200 gallons of beige paint later, the colorless house has a higher asking price and a new look.
Remodeled with the highest of quality finishes, the house features a killer chef’s kitchen, a state-of-the-art theater, an elevator connecting all three levels and a second story library/ loft.
The grounds include a pool and spa, custom wood decks, BBQ center, professional landscaping and a lower level dog run.
Jordan Cohen of Re/Max represents the listing.
Brazilian supermodel and star quarterback of the New England Patriots
5 bedrooms, 9 bathrooms, 13,890 square feet, pool, moat, gated
Tom Brady and his supermodel wife Gisele Bundchen just made an stunning offseason move – they listed their incredible custom-built Los Angeles estate for $50,000,000!, as first reported by TMZ.
The genetically-gifted duo spent years waiting out the completion of this custom estate, making it’s ‘for-sale’ status a bit shocking. They unveiled the home’s beautiful interiors in the October 2013 issue of Architectural Digest and Tom said, “We built this house as a sanctuary for our family—a place where we can enjoy being together.”
While Brady is based in New England for much of the year, Gisele’s work takes her to Los Angeles frequently, and many assumed that the two would settle in this estate when Brady retired from football and awaited his Hall of Fame appointment.
Alas, that won’t be happening.
While we can’t know for sure why they’re selling, we can assume that the sale of the estate is a money-making move by the multi-millionaire couple, who picked up the vacant lot for $11,750,000 in August 2008 and sunk millions into its construction, which was completed in 2011.
Tom and Gisele’s for-sale estate is undeniably incredible Richard Landry-designed European country estate on almost 4 acres. The French Chataeu-style home is covered in imported limestone, and every single element of the design and materials are top-notch.
Offering stunning vistas of the Pacific Ocean and incredible canyon views, the home has 5 bedrooms and 9 bathrooms spread out over 13,890 square feet, all overlooking the most incredible infinity pool and spectacular lawns, gardens, and pathways.
Despite selling this home, they won’t be without adequate shelter. In October 2013, Tom and Gisele spent $14 million on a chic NYC condo, and they’re also building a comparable estate in the Boston area.
Kurt Rappaport and and Stephan Shapiro of the Westside Agency are representing the listing.
Photos by Roger Davies for Architectural Digest’s October 2013 issue.
Bel Air, CA
He's a retired tennis ace, she is an actress best known for her role in 'Billy Madison'
4 bedrooms, 5.5 bathrooms, 5,100 square feet, pool
Tennis ace Pete Sampras and his gorgeous wife, actress Bridgette Wilson, just dropped $5,996,000 for the Bel Air estate recently owned by actor Albert Brooks.
Located on over 2 acres, featuring mature trees and lots of privacy, the property is accessed via a long, gated private drive. The 5,100 square foot home is entered through the dramatic living room, which features 20 foot high wood-paneled ceilings, skylights and massive glass walls that blur the distinction between the spacious home and the lush property surrounding it. The family-friendly home has 3 bedrooms (and a maid’s), and the master suite has its own sitting room and his-and-her baths and closets.
Outside there is a tennis court (naturally!) and a large grassy area that could play host to any number of events, either children’s birthday parties or warm summer evening cocktail parties. The highlight of the spacious yard is the pristine infinity pool that looks out over a perfect Los Angeles view.
Pete and Bridgette’s new home has a long and storied show business history, having been owned by Merv Griffin before being purchased by Brooks for $3,650,000 in 1992. Albert Brooks sold the home in 2012 for $6,275,000, after listing it for nearly $7 million. The new owners didn’t hold on to it for very long, and sold it to the Sampras family at a loss.
Pete, Bridgette and their two children most recently resided in a $5.6M mansion at the end of a cul-de-sac in the Brentwood area of Los Angeles. They also owned a modern Thousand Oaks, CA estate that they were asking $19.95 million for. That estate sold in November 2013 for an undisclosed price.
Beverly Hills, CA
MLB star with the home run record and a tarnished reputation due to doping allegations
1.85 acres, 7 bedrooms, 13 bathrooms, pool, guesthouse
Retired MLB slugger Barry Bonds just hit it out of the (Beverly) Park!
The controversial home run king sold his massive Tuscan-inspired pad in the ultra-fancy Beverly Park area of Beverly Hills for $22 million. Property records show the deal closed on March 5, 2014 – 14 months after Bonds put the incredible estate up to bat for $25 million.
Inside sources say he had his eye on that initial $25 million list price for two reasons. First – and most importantly – he’d make an insane profit, considering he spent $8.7 million for the house in 2002. Secondly, Bonds gave the Mediterranean stunner a $25M price tag as an homage to his former jersey number – 25, which he considers to be his lucky number.
Lucky or not to him, it wasn’t the number buyers were willing to pay for the 1.85 acre, seven-bedroom, 13-bathroom manse. He price-chopped the home to $23.5M in December 2013 and finally signed a contract with a buyer at $22 million.
Bond’s just-sold estate was a faux Tuscan villa in the heart of Los Angeles’s most desirable area. Fully renovated, Bonds added 30-ft soaring ceilings in the grand entry foyer, gorgeous hand-painted Trompe L’oeil murals, and Venetian plaster throughout. The home boasts over 17,000 square feet of living space and unparalleled California living.
Outside, the grounds feature over 2,000 square feet of spacious loggias, a pool and cabana, and 2-story guest house.
Love him or hate him – there’s no in between – Barry Bonds is one of the biggest sports characters of the last two decades. Rocketing to superstardom in Pittsburgh and helping make a forlorn franchise a regular in the playoffs while winning his first league MVP award, Bonds made it clear he had all the tools to become one of the greats. He took his talents back to Northern California in 1993, where he was born and raised, to play for the San Francisco Giants and resurrected that franchise while winning 6 additional MVP awards (4 in a row at one point), leading the team to the World Series in 2002, and cementing his place in baseball history. Of course, this was before the BALCO scandal and perjury investigation which has cast a shadow over Bonds’ mountain of accomplishments to the chagrin of some and the delight of others.
MLB free agent pitcher who famously signed a $126M contract; two-time World Series champion with the San Francisco Giants
4 bedrooms, 6 bathrooms, 4,366 square feet, views
Two-time World Series Champion Barry Zito has just tossed his West Hollywood home on the market for $4,375,000!
Zito was just cut loose from the San Francisco Giants when his $126 million dollar contract expired after seven up-and-down years. Without a mound to stand on, Zito has turned his focus back to his bulging real estate portfolio, which includes this for-sale home, a massive property in the Sunset Plaza area of Los Angeles, and a San Francisco-area home that’s currently for rent for $28,500 a month.
A shrewd real estate investor, Zito knows a great house when he sees one. Zito’s West Hollywood gem sits on one of the most private and quiet Bird Streets above Sunset Blvd and is newly remodeled. And those views! Zito’s place has the kind of views usually available only to the most elevated lots far above Sunset Blvd, but unlike those high-in-the-sky properties, this house is only about 3-5 mins away from the hustle and bustle of Hollywood.
Listing agent Sharon Hills of Kobeissi Properties, gave us some inside intel on Zito’s property, saying, “he never lived here, but purchased it because of its location in the prestigious Bird Streets of the Hollywood Hills, and the incredible views.”
The views range all the way from the LA skyline to the ocean and can be seen perfectly though the many walls of glass. Soaring ceilings and an open concept floor plan create a dramatic and spacious environment and most rooms open directly to outdoor terraces, perfect for entertaining.
According to the listing, which was first spotted by the Los Angeles Times, all bedrooms have their own bathroom, and the master suite sprawls across the entire top floor. A rarity in the Hollywood Hills, this home has an abundance of street parking and a designated turn around for easy access.