LeBron James’ transition to the Los Angeles Lakers may not be as daunting as one would think, mainly because he needs not to worry about seeking a home in the city. The NBA star already owns two.
Back in December, the famed forward shed $23 million on an eight-bedroom, 11-bathroom estate in the swanky neighborhood of Brentwood. The 15,846-square-foot contemporary residence, built in 2017, rests at the end of a winding driveway behind private gates.
Despite its modern, high-tech touches, the house exemplifies a traditional aesthetic with an emphasis on natural light and materials, such as French oak and marble reclaimed from Spain.
A theater room, a wine cellar, a cigar room and an onyx bar provide ample opportunities for entertainment, while an auto gallery – that also doubles as a garage – offers the perfect exhibit place for James’ fleet. A pool, a spa and a state-of-the-art gym (a requirement given that James keeps a rigorous five-day workout routine even in the off-season) shape out the amenities.
James’ other LA home, a $21-million estate, is not far away. Also in the celebrity-studded Brentwood community, the house spans some 9,440 square feet, envisioned by architect Ken Ungar.
Perhaps, James has a proclivity for houses that blend the modern and the traditional, because the residence, which he purchased in 2015, is another portfolio pick that embodies the two. A gabled roof, dormer windows and a stone façade elevate the design, which also includes a backyard pool, cabana and several patios.
Aside from his two properties in Los Angeles, James owns a mansion in his native Akron, Ohio, where he is erecting a public school for low-income, at-risk youth.
The 33-year old basketball player parted with a three-story mansion in Coconut Grove, Florida, collecting $13.4 million in the process, when he moved from Miami Hear to the Cleveland Cavaliers in 2015.