Blake Griffin is moving up and down the court in playoff action as the L.A. Clippers' power forward, but earlier in the season he was making another sort of move: buying a newly built home in Pacific Palisades for $9 million.
The Cape Cod-inspired three-story house has 9,100 square feet of living space — just under the size of two NBA courts.
Inside the front door is a 24-foot-tall foyer (clearly enough height to park a 10-foot-high basketball hoop), a curved floating-style staircase and an eye-catching chandelier.
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Espresso-toned wood floors and details set off the interiors. Coffered ceilings and doors that disappear to open the home to the outdoors are among a roster of amenities.
The kitchen island has enough seats for the Clippers' starting lineup. The home theater is walled in floor-to-ceiling burgundy suede panels and includes a 130-inch screen and stadium seating.
There's a gym, three fireplaces, six bedrooms and 6.5 bathrooms. The master bathroom and closet are mammoth.
A saltwater swimming pool with multi-colored LED lights, an outdoor kitchen and lawn fill the three-acre lot.
Griffin, 25, began his NBA career in 2009 after being drafted first overall by the Clippers but missed the entire 2009-10 season because of a knee injury. His career took off the following season, when he received rookie of the year honors. Griffin has made the NBA All-Star team four times and is under a five-year, $95-million contract.
Anthony Marguleas of Amalfi Estates was the listing agent. David Offer of Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices and Chase Campen of Keller Williams represented Griffin.
L.A. mayor tests market
L.A. Mayor Eric Garcetti and his wife, Amy Wakeland, put the home they own in Silver Lake up for a one-year lease at $8,500 a month and then took the place off the open market in less than two weeks.
A withdrawal from the Multiple Listing Service could mean that they had a change of heart, decided to strike an off-market deal, or they found a tenant but want to keep the lease price out of the public eye.
Built in 2010, the boxy contemporary features an open living room, dining room, media room, office/gym, six bedrooms and five bathrooms in 4,000 square feet of living space. The top-level master suite has views of the reservoir.
Concrete counters and a walk-in pantry are among amenities in the sleek kitchen. There are multiple decks.
How fortuitous that the street just got a fresh coat of slurry.
The couple bought the hillside property soon after it was built for $1.425 million, public records show.
They had been living in the Silver Lake house, according to Times reports, before moving to Getty House, the official mayoral residence. That 8,076-square-foot English Tudor-style mansion is in Windsor Square.
Garcetti, 43, took office last summer, becoming L.A.'s 42nd mayor.
Jacqueline Tager of Sotheby's International Realty was the listing agent.
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