In 2018, when NBA star LeBron James signed a four-year deal worth $154 million with the Los Angeles Lakers, he already knew where he was planning to live. While still playing for the Cleveland Cavaliers, =
LeBron James purchased a mansion in the upscale neighborhood of Brentwood Park in Los Angeles for a cool $21 million. It turns out the mansion was on the same street made famous by disgraced NFL star O.J. Simpson. While it turned out to be an idyllic home for his family of five, King James decided to sell his castle in 2021. The LA mansion sold in September, and the basketball legend, who is accustomed to winning, lost a significant chunk of change on the deal.
LeBron James purchased his Brentwood Park mansion for $21 million
In October 2015, James took ownership of his first ultra-luxurious mansion in Los Angeles. According to Yahoo!, the house was built in 2011 on a half-acre parcel in Brentwood Park and included 9,000 square feet of living space. He purchased the property for $21 million.
In 2017, James purchased another property in Brentwood for $23 million. The 15,850 square foot mansion boasted eight bedrooms, 9.5 bathrooms, a wine cellar, a full-sized gym, and an in-home theater. A huge walk-in closet stored his extensive sneaker collection, and an enormous garage housed his exquisite car collection. The gated driveway opened up to an expansive property that featured a swimming pool and outdoor barbecue area.
After James returned to the Lakers, he purchased another LA mansion. This time he headed to the 90210 and purchased a Beverly Hills mansion in 2020 for $39 million. The historic estate, built in 1934, once belonged to Howard Hughes.
LeBron James took a hit when selling that first Brentwood Park mansion
The 36-year-old basketball star had not lived in his Brentwood estate for several years. He decided to sell the mansion, listing it for $20.5 million.
The home was located on Rockingham Drive. It had become one of the most famous streets in the world due to the horrific murders that took place more than 25 years ago. E! Online reports Simpson was living at 360 North Rockingham Drive “when his ex-wife and her friend were murdered 2 miles away, on Bundy Drive.” The former Buffalo Bills star lost the mansion to foreclosure in 1997. The following year it was torn down, with a new home built in its place.
This month Hon “Alexander” Sing of the real estate investment firm Cottonwood Management purchased James’ Brentwood property for $19.6 million in what Yahoo! refers to as an “off-market deal.”
James reportedly lost $1.4 million on the transaction. According to SFGate, “the All-Star was prepared to lose money on the deal,” explaining he listed it “already under what he had paid six years earlier.” They noted it was “a minor loss for the multimillionaire, but a loss nonetheless.”
Here’s a look inside James’ LA mansion
The Rockingham Drive estate was an exquisite home that was decorated with the finest of furnishings. The sunny open-air kitchen included a cozy breakfast nook overlooking a luxurious infinity-edge swimming pool and meticulously landscaped yard.
The multi-level mansion enjoyed pops of color throughout, with mustard walls, bright orange curtains, and fuchsia-colored chairs. Huge windows and doors overlooked the yard, with several comfortable seating areas, a formal dining room, an office, and a fully equipped kitchen.
The upstairs contained a master suite and five bedrooms. There was also a gym, sauna, private patio, lounge, and outdoor cabana to ensure his family was living in the comfort and style to which they had become accustomed.
It was definitely a house fit for a “King.”