Celebrity Homes

Former Kansas City Chiefs linebacker Derrick Johnson lists luxury estate

Derrick Johnson, the celebrated former linebacker for the Texas Longhorns and Kansas City Chiefs, has put his luxurious estate in Austin’s esteemed Spanish Oaks gated community on the market.

Known affectionately as ‘DJ’ by his legion of fans, Johnson, who is also the founder and president of the Defend the Dream Foundation aimed at supporting low-income and inner-city youth, acquired this state-of-the-art home in 2018.

Six years on, the property is back on the market, with an asking price just shy of US$4 million, according to the Robb Report.

Built in 2015 by Olson Defendorf and designed by Geschke Group Architecture, this exquisite property combines creamy stucco and brick to create a visually stunning exterior. Inside, the house extends over 501sq m incorporating multi-level living spaces that include an office wing, a gym, a movie theatre, and a game room equipped with a bar.

The estate sits on a sprawling 1.5-acre lot, replete with landscaped gardens, a two-level swimming pool featuring a slide akin to those found in waterparks, a fire pit, a children’s playhouse, and breathtaking views of the Hill Country.

The interior of the house is equally impressive.

The great room, a highlight of the home, features a living area with a linear fireplace, built-in shelving, and glass doors that open to an outdoor entertaining terrace.

This space boasts a built-in barbecue station with a Big Green Egg, adjacent to the dining area and a gourmet kitchen equipped with quartz countertops and high-end appliances.

The master suite is a sanctuary of luxury, offering a walk-in closet and a spa-like bathroom with dual vanities, a soaking tub, and a separate shower.

The property also includes a motor court and attached garages with capacity for up to three cars, alongside access to the exclusive amenities of Spanish Oaks, such as a private golf club and a fully stocked fish camp.

Johnson, who retired after an illustrious career that saw him achieve four Pro Bowls, two All-Pro selections, and a Pro Bowl Defensive MVP over 13 seasons with the Kansas City Chiefs, also played briefly for the Oakland Raiders.

He signed a one-day ceremonial contract to retire as a Chief in 2019, marking the end of a career that also celebrated him as the franchise’s all-time leading tackler.

Recently, Johnson was honoured as the 25th Longhorn to be inducted into the College Football Hall of Fame, class of 2023, recognising his significant contributions to the sport.

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