Where Does Kobe Bryant Live ?
American basketball player, Kobe Bryant is the son of the former professional basketball player Joe ‘Jellybean’ Bryant. Kobe, a high school star, turned pro at 17 making his debut with the Los Angeles Lakers of the National Basketball Association in 1996. In the 2000s, Bryant was a consistent high scorer and a superstar of LA Lakers.
His shot making ability and his awareness of the NBA life due to his father acted as stepping stones towards a successful career. When he was all of 13, his high school coach, Gregg Downer had predicted Kobe to be a thorough professional in the coming years.
Bryant has inherent talent for the game but what has made him touch the sky is his sense of maturity and his strong work ethics. Charges of a sexual assault in 2003 and public squabbles with former teammate Shaquille O’Neal and Coach Phil Jackson have been a few unfortunate episodes that have tarnished his career. Shaq and Bryant made an awesome pair on court and won three NBA championships for their team. However, the duo often made headlines due to their professional incompatibility.
After signing a 3.5 million dollar contract with the Los Angeles Lakers, Kobe moved into a mansion in the elegant Pacific Palisades section of the city for a reported 2.5 million dollars, on a two years lease. Covering an area of 8200 square feet, his new home had six bedrooms and six baths along with a pool and an ocean view. His first buy made him feel on top of the world. However, he was destined for an even more lavish lifestyle in the years to come.
A few years later, after winning his second NBA title, Los Angeles Lakers superstar Kobe Bryant bought another house in Orange County, where his wife Vanessa had spent her childhood. The house was situated an hour and a half south of Los Angeles in a gated, Orange County community. The 13.5 million dollar house was previously owned by Karl Malone's agent, Dwight Manley. The palatial property had a 16,000-square-foot main house and also a 2,000-square-foot guest/pool house on 9.5 acres. Reportedly, the home was a half-scale replica of a pirate ship on a lagoon with waterfalls, slides and man-made caves. It also included a lake stocked with fish, bumper boats and a pavilion with countryside views. The home boasted of 10 bedroom suites, 13 1/2 baths, a theater, game room and billiard room. The master suite had a bridge walkway to tropical gardens. In the backyard was a replica of the cottage from the ‘Harry Potter’ movies.
Just a year later, Bryant made a third buy in the exclusive Newport Coast neighborhood for more than 4 million dollars. He purchased the Mediterranean-style house in a cul-de-sac from sports agent, Dwight Manley. This property was selected from 15 homes in that area, the specifications being only privacy. However, the house in Los Angeles remained the couple’s primary residence.
The son has been bestowed with all luxuries that the father could not enjoy being in the same professional line. After all, even luck has its preferences. It does not bless everyone. But Kobe Bryant definitely is the lucky one!
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