Normally Yolanda wouldn’t discuss the home of a professional soccer star (football star to you crazy international folks). No, it’s not that we’re denying these players are celebs or think that this house isn’t big and gaudy enough to qualify for this high-falutin’ hot mess of a blog. It’s just, well, although Yolanda played AYSO soccer as a tot and pretends to watch the World Cup in a rather desperate attempt to make herself seem more hip, cultured, and Euro-chic, we really don’t have a clue about anything in that game. (Apart from our pretty-boy-fave Cristiano Ronaldo, of course!)
But Yolanda has a little online helper we’ve referred to as Tip Ster in the past. Mr. Ster is begging us to write about this particular house, and we feel an obligation to give the people what they want.
You see? Careful what you ask for.
Anyway, our boy Giovani dos Santos currently plays for the Mexico national team as a forward, and he can switch up his position to either be an attacking midfielder, winger, or secondary striker, whatever all those mean. Mr. dos Santos is also an Olympian, having won a gold medal as part of Mexico’s team back in the 2012 games. Since 2015, when he was signed to a reported $7 million deal, he has also dribbled for the LA Galaxy soccer team of the MLS.
Now, let’s dive right in. Or dribble in, right?
Like so many other homes in the WeHo/Beverly Grove area, Mr. dos Santos’s newly-built home is an uber-modern two-story crib shoehorned onto a very petite .14-acre lot. Remember when we told y’all about Lindsey Vonn’s new house in WeHo? Yeah, this place reminds us of that one, except on this one the outdoor space seems even more cramped.
Any perceived or real drawbacks did not deter Mr. dos Santos or other potential buyers, for that matter. Records show our boy paid $3,495,000 for the house — the full asking price.
The downstairs features an open-concept floor plan with glossy terrazzo flooring and a dining, living and family area centered around the kitchen.
The kitchen features two center islands — one of which appears to be too small for anything more than a couple bowls or some cups. Appliances are professional grade, natch. There’s also a rather fabulously minimalist half-bathroom downstairs that features floor-to-ceiling windows (and the ceiling is 23 feet high!) Yolanda actually believes that bathroom might be her favorite room in the whole house.
Upstairs is a sculptural chandelier and a glass-enclosed pod of a family room (?) or office (?) that reminds your gurl of a study room at one of those fancy modern public libraries.
The oversized master suite features a bedroom with balcony access and fireplace, a walk-in hardwood-slathered closet, and a bathroom with glass-enclosed shower and rectangular soaking tub.
There are 3 more guest bedrooms upstairs, each with their own private en-suite bathroom.
The backyard is almost comically cramped for a $3.5 million house in LA. Even Pookie the pooch doesn’t have enough room to run around back here. But the developer did manage to squeeze in a wading pool and a very petite raised spa. And the a huge wall of disappearing glass attempts to broaden the space back there.
There you have it, Mr. Ster. Even Yolanda’s got to admit that really wasn’t so bad. We’re feeling generous today, so we’ll say that all this place needs is a couple splashed of color to even out the rather stark grey monotone. See, Mr. dos Santos? The house ain’t bad, so quit your whinin’ about how the “media” ain’t never happy.