LeBron James Picks Out a Castle

Looks like King James will soon be holding court in Coconut Grove, FL -- he's got a contract out on this house in the Hughes Cove neighborhood.

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Having recently signed a six year, $110.1 million contract with the Miami Heat, basketball superstar LeBron James has been on the market for a new home in Southern Florida. Reports indicate that he's found one. Let's have a look.
Having passed up Pat Riley's $50 million former estate, he's settled for a more modest home in Miami's Coconut Grove neighborhood, according to Page2Live. The deed transfer for the house on Devon Drive hasn't been done quite yet, according to realtor Peggy Brin, but LeBron set up a limited liability company called "Rachael Investments Devon Drive" with an eye to purchase in August. Page2Live reports the house had been off the market for months when LeBron approached the owner, lawyer and philanthropist David Lipman.
The purchase price hasn't been disclosed, but the tri-level "masterpiece" was recently listed for $7.95 million. It has four bedrooms, five baths, a four-car garage, an elevator, a pool, and a back yard that fronts Biscayne Bay.
The home, built in 2003, sits at the end of a cul-de-sac in a gated and guarded 15-home neighborhood with lighted tennis courts and a waterfront park. It's named for the late aviator Howard Hughes, who is said to have owned a pied-à-terre nearby.
It has three floors, and "extensive built-ins and exotic wood and stone furnishings," according to the listing.
There's a gourmet kitchen with Miele appliances, which will surely come in handy as LeBron packs his daily brown bag lunch and heads to American Airlines Arena.
The home comes complete with a touch-screen Creston control system that remotely adjusts air conditioning, lights, window coverings, TVs and entertainment systems throughout the residence.
There's also plenty of room for trophies.
The bathroom's a real dump. Just kidding! LeBron had some help as he toured homes in both Coral Gables and the Grove. "At times," wrote Page2Live's Jose Lambiet, "he was with Heat great Alonzo Mourning, and at others with his mother, Gloria. But there was always with a posse of five or six people trailing him."
The master suite boasts a bed fit for a king. If the purchase goes through, LeBron will have spent several million dollars less than teammate Chris Bosh, who just purchased a $12.5 million mansion on North Bay Road in Miami Beach. Dwyane Wade is still in the market, but if he needs a place to stay...well, call us, Flash. We'll get bunk beds!
The master bath is roomy enough for James and his long-time partner Savannah Brinson and their two sons.
Should hangers-on be relegated to the back yard, well, there are worse places to be. There's no word on when the deal should go through, but with the Heat heading into training camp it's likely to be sooner rather than later.
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