NBA superstar Chandler Parsons had the world on a string in 2019, when he was traded from the Memphis Grizzlies to the Atlanta Hawks on a 4-year contract valued at about $25 million a year. His celebration was, however, cut short when he was hit by a drunk driver in January 2020. His injuries, which included a traumatic brain injury, disc herniation, and torn labrum, could be career ending, his attorney announced at the time.
During his long, difficult recovery, the 6’8” forward got engaged to girlfriend Haylee Harrison and, late last year, the couple had a baby girl they uniquely name Rocket Rose. As all this was going down, Parsons unloaded his glassy, city-view home above L.A.’s Sunset Strip for $8 million — $1.225 million more than he’d paid two years earlier — and now, just weeks after he officially announced his retirement on Instagram, the 33-year-old basketballer has put his resort-style Malibu estate on the market at just under $17 million.
Parsons stands to pocket a small fortune on the not-quite-1.5-acre Zen-tropical fantasia he scooped up a bit more than two years ago, just before his career-ending car accident, for $9.25 million from “CSI” franchise creator Anthony Zuiker.
Aptly described in listings held by Compass agents Jamison Malone and Christopher Cortazzo as “A compound residence full of vacation style amenities for luxurious living, and dazzling entertaining,” the verdant private paradise includes recently refreshed formal living and dining rooms, a double-height foyer, where a $6,000 Saint Laurent surfboard is on display and a wine cellar has been tucked under the stairs behind a sheet of glass, and a huge chef’s kitchen that flows into a cozy family room. There are five bedrooms and five baths in the roughly 5,500-square-foot main house, plus additional space for guests in a separate structure.
Foldaway glass doors open the main house’s meandering main floor to the backyard, where there are deep porches for lounging out of the glare of the sun and great expanses of drought-considering fake lawns. Leisure and recreation is the paramount idea behind the grounds that include a built-in grill and pizza oven, and an open-air pavilion with kitchenette alongside a saltwater swimming pool and spa. Of course, the lighted tennis/pickle ball court is also set up with basketball hoops.
A guesthouse/entertainment pavilion between the pool and sporting court houses a games room, movie theater, mirrored gym and bathroom. Atop the guesthouse, a rooftop terrace sports on over-sized fire pit with over-the-treetops ocean view, and there’s an old-fashioned redwood hot tub and a barrel-style sauna set off to one side of the yard. Promo materials indicate the estate is one of few “allowed private golf cart beach way access,” a definite bonus considering the house sits amid the rolling hills on the opposite side of Pacific Coast Highway from the ocean.
With his future in flux and a young family to support, it makes sense Parsons might want to change up his residential circumstances and scale back and/or, perhaps, move back to his home state of Florida.