|Sold for: $8,942,500 on 12/31/2015
LeBron's Florida MVP Mansion!
Overlooking the open bay, the King's palace is the most opulent estate in Miami. The contemporary compound features chef's kitchen, sommelier's wine cellar, office, custom theater, generator, guest home & private master rooftop sun deck. Glass doors open to covered terraces throughout. Luxurious outdoor living; summer kitchen, 4500 sf entertainment space, infinity edge pool & concrete dock for two 60' yachts. Walled, gated private estate with state-of-the-art security system, security quarters & more.
In 2010, when LeBron “King” James announced that he would be leaving his home-town Cleveland Cavaliers and signing with the Miami Heat, all hell broke loose up Cleveland way. Cleveland fans and owner alike were furious and felt they were betrayed. They burned their LeBron jerseys and ripped down the famous Nike “Witness” mural in the city’s downtown. Owner Dan Gilbert wrote an open letter on the Cavs website that James’ decision was a “cowardly betrayal” and said the Cavs would win a championship before the Heat which, of course, never came to pass. James went on to take the Miami Heat to the finals four times while the Cavs struggled to regain their bearings.
For many basketball fans, it was the feel-good sports story of the year when LeBron had a change of heart and went back to the Cavs in 2014. Now with the NBA playoffs underway, LeBron is a leading candidate for his fifth most valuable player award and trying to bring the first world championship to Cleveland since the Cleveland Browns won the NFL Championship in 1964.
While in Miami, “King James” lived large on the basketball court and at home with one of South Florida’s prettiest Caribbean-style white mansions. Unlike many Miami sports stars and celebrities, LeBron didn’t opt for the standard Miami Beach condo penthouse. Instead he picked the sophisticated but artsy Coconut Grove on Biscayne Bay. Not only is his stunning home on the water, but with just a stroll up the private gated drive through his own personal jungle, he had instant access to charming sidewalk cafes, great restaurants, world class shopping, galleries, the Coconut Grove Playhouse and loads of ambiance with gas street lights, brick sidewalks and shade trees. He had instant access to the world renowned Coconut Grove Art Festival without having to park a mile away and could reach out and touch participants in the annual Mango Strut and Bed Race from the end of his driveway. With his move back home to Cleveland and a two-year $42 million contract with the Cavaliers, LeBron put his Florida home on the market last year at $17 million.
With 12,178 square feet of living space, including some in a detached guesthouse, there are six bedrooms and nine baths. It has a huge kitchen, wine cellar, office, theater, elevator, generator, large private roof-top sun deck accessed through the master suite and, of course, tall ceilings. Outside is an infinity pool, outdoor kitchen and boat dock that can accommodate two mega yachts. The estate is walled and gated with a state-of-the-art security system and security quarters. LeBron recently reduced his asking price to $15 million.
This spring, LeBron James is hoping to sell his tropical Biscayne Bay retreat in Coconut Grove and lead the Cleveland Cavaliers to its first NBA Championship.
Listing Courtesy of: Tomi Rose, Opulence International Realty LLC