Bill Russell is on the move again. The 11-time champion is on his way to Springfield, Massachusetts for his Basketball Hall of Fame induction as a coach. But the Boston Celtics great also has plans to move on from his home in Seattle, Washington, a house he has lived in for almost 50 years.
Russell placed his house on the market for $2.6 million, no small amount for the average homebuyer. But a closer look inside reveals it’s likely worth a lot more than that.
Bill Russell bought his house when he started coaching the SuperSonics
Russell is a Boston icon, winning championships as a player as well as a coach. After his Celtics career ended in 1969, Bill took a job in 1973 as the head coach of the Seattle SuperSonics. Once there, he found a home in Mercer City, an affluent city just outside of Seattle.
“When I took the job, I was a single parent and chose Mercer Island because it had the best schools in the Pacific Northwest,” Russell told the Business Journal. “The house was not built for me. I was actually looking at the house next door, but it was not private enough. I not only purchased this house but the two lots above me for the added privacy, and a number of years ago sold them but still maintained my privacy here at the house.”
Russell’s 4,250-square-foot house has four bedrooms, four bathrooms, vaulted ceilings, and a wraparound deck. It’s a property Russell called home well after his coaching tenure in Seattle ended in 1977.
Russell is leaving a special surprise behind for the new owner
Whoever buys Russell’s home isn’t just getting a beautiful piece of property. They’ll also be getting memorabilia from the Hall of Famer himself.
“I have left behind my trophy case and an autographed ball for the next owner,” Russell said. “I hope they enjoy the home as much as I have over the last almost 50 years.”
With 11 NBA titles, 11 All-NBA awards, and five MVPs, Russell’s trophy case is certainly large enough to hold as many awards as you can fit inside. The autographed ball from one of basketball’s greatest players is a decent throw-in, as well.
Russell is selling his home, but not leaving the area
Russell selling his house isn’t spelling the end of his time in Seattle. The 87-year-old and his wife Jeannine plan to downsize with a different home in the Seattle area, while also doing a bit more traveling.
“We will be staying in the area, we really appreciate the summers here,” Russell said. “They are hard to beat.”
However, the NBA legend will still miss his home of close to 50 years. Particularly, the privacy it brought for a Hall of Famer and one of the most famous players of his generation.
“I will miss the privacy, peaceful tranquility, the views of the lake, and most of all my hot tub,” Russell said.
Hopefully, Bill’s next home will have enough room for a hot tub, too.
All statistics courtesy of Basketball Reference.