NBA Legend LeBron James recently acquired a beautiful villa in Beverly Hills for a whopping $36.75 million. Previously, Katherine Hepburn owned the property. James officially has his name on the property papers in September, though rumors about the deal started to fly in July. Before James, The Young and the Restless co-creator, Lee Phillip Bell, resided on the 2.5-acre property. Unfortunately, she breathed her last in February. The residence was first listed in April for $39 million, which means James was lucky enough to get approximately 6% off.
History of the lavish mansion
The talk-of-the-town villa has a lengthy history. Both famous and non-famous people acquired the property at some point. Charles Boyer, the Oscar-winning actor, first built it in the 1930s. Later, the Hollywood studio RKO pictures bought the property. The owner of RKO, Howard Hughes, further passed it on to Katherine Hepburn. After living there for most of her booming-career years, she eventually moved out. The home had unknown owners until Lee Phillip Bell and her husband William J. Bell swooped it in 1986 for $2.9 million.
Features of the Beverly Hills Estate
The 2.5-acre property includes multiple buildings in its premises and is secured by one of the largest driveway gates in Los Angeles. The primary household is 9,100 square feet. It has two separate guest houses as well. The driveway leads to the motor court, which has a large fountain. Some other significant features of the mansion include a living room featuring vaulted ceilings with exposed ceiling beams, a dining room under a skylight, and a carpeted library. Additionally, there is a full theatrical screening room. The house has seven fireplaces in total. Some other amenities are the multiple alfresco dining and entertainment areas, a lighted tennis court, an oval swimming pool with a pool house, and a giant gold Buddha statue visible through the pool house.
LeBron James’ Real Estate History
This mansion is James’ third L.A.-based home. In 2015, he acquired a house in Brentwood for $21 million. Two years later, he bought another property in the same neighborhood for $23 million. LeBron James primarily resides in his $23 million home in Brentwood.