As LeBron James prepares to face the Miami Heat in Game 1 of the NBA Finals on Wednesday night, the superstar has secured his new home.
The 35-year-old basketball star finalized the deal on a Beverly Hills resort for $ 36.8 million on Wednesday, according to Variety.
The deal was reportedly widely publicized in July, although now the deal is done and James owns a house that has a pretty unique history, previously inhabited by Hollywood icon Katharine Hapburn.
The property comprises several buildings that sit on 2.5 acres of land in Beverly Hills, which is secured by one of Los Angeles’ largest gateways.
The main house is 9,100 square feet, with two separate guest houses on the property as well, with the driveway leading to a car yard with a large fountain.
The living room has vaulted ceilings with exposed beams, a dining area under immense sky light, as well as a carpeted library.
The house also features a full theatrical screening room, adapted since James has a deal with Warner Bros. for several projects, which even comes equipped with one of the house’s seven fireplaces.
Other amenities include “several outdoor dining and entertainment areas, and a lighted tennis court with observation pavilion,” according to Variety.
There is also an oval swimming pool and an adjoining pool house under the supervision of a “Giant Golden Buddha”.
The house was built in the 1930s and was first owned by Hollywood actor Charles Boyer, although it was eventually taken over by Howard Hughes.
At the time, Hughes owned RKO Pictures and the house was acquired by him as part of a deal to buy out Boyer’s contract with RKO.
Hughes never lived in the house itself, although he rented it out to Hollywood icon Katharine Hepburn, who lived in the house during the “prime” of her career.
After Hepburn’s move, the house was owned by non-celebrities for many years, until 1986 when it was purchased for $ 2.9 million in 1986 by the creators of The Young And the Restless. William Brent Bell and Lee Phillip Bell.
The couple spent many years restoring the house to its golden age glory, spending a fortune landscaping the property with trees and gardens.
William Brent Bell died in 1995 with Lee Phillip Bell living in the house until his death in March.