Celebrity Homes

Kareem Abdul-Jabbar’s former home up for grabs

The former home of NBA legend Kareem Abdul-Jabbar has hit the market, with an asking price of US$12.5 million.

According to The Robb Report, the property is currently owned by prominent tech entrepreneur, Jim Demetriades, who is the founder and chief executive officer of Kairos Ventures.

Acquired by Demetriades in 2005 for about US$6.5 million, the contemporary structure was originally built in 1956.

Abdul-Jabbar, who owned the house in the early 1990s, added several custom features befitting an NBA superstar, including an indoor sports court, a gym, a spa, and a steam room.

Perched on nearly an acre of prime Beverly Crest real estate, the property boasts sweeping views of city lights and the ocean. 

The four-bedroom, five-bathroom home offers a blend of luxury and comfort. 

The renovation preserved its mid-century charm while infusing modern amenities, creating a seamless indoor-outdoor living experience.

Key features of the home include a sunken living room with a wet bar and a striking fireplace, perfect for entertaining. 

The glass-lined walls and French doors open to a backyard pool area, enhancing the home’s connection to its natural surroundings. 

An office and a library loft provide quiet spaces for work or relaxation, while the formal dining room, under a dramatic chandelier, sets the stage for elegant dinners.

The updated kitchen is a chef’s dream, equipped with an eat-in island, top-of-the-line stainless steel appliances, and a cosy breakfast nook that opens onto a courtyard with a fire pit. 

The primary suite is a sanctuary unto itself, featuring a seating area, a private patio, and a luxurious bathroom with a spa tub and a glass-encased shower. 

Outside, the grounds offer numerous spots for al fresco lounging and entertaining, including a swimming pool, a motor court, and a four-car garage.

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