Pro athletes prefer newer homes in guard-gated communities

Rather than announce his intended move to Miami, Laker center Shaquille O'Neal let Hot Property columnist Ruth Ryon break the news that he was putting his Beverly Hills area home on the market at $7.5 million. (Getty Images)

Rather than announce his intended move to Miami, Laker center Shaquille O’Neal let Hot Property columnist Ruth Ryon break the news that he was putting his Beverly Hills area home on the market at $7.5 million. (Getty Images)

Professional athletes gravitate to newer properties that have home theaters and are located in guard-gated communities, real estate brokers who cater to sports figures say. Sports-related amenities such as basketball and tennis courts not so much.

Close proximity to Toyota Sports Center in El Segundo is a main reason why the South Bay is an attractive destination for members of the Kings and Lakers. Equally, the Clippers practice facility in Playa Vista has drawn its share of players to the area.

Whereas older generations adhered to the idea that bigger is better, especially in real estate, today’s athletes value privacy above all else. Guard-gated communities are a fairly common request from athletes, particularly among those with families, with most willing to pay a premium for the added layer of privacy and security. Home theaters are generally the most desired amenity among home features, followed by large master suites, chef’s kitchens and pools.

 

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