Married last year and newly signed to the Memphis Grizzlies on a four-year contract worth $56 million, 26-year-old former L.A. Clipper Luke Kennard no longer needs his only recently purchased 7,000-square-foot home in the rolling foothills of the San Fernando Valley neighborhood of Tarzana.
Behind motorized gates on an elevated parcel of more than half an acre and all but hidden from the street at the end of a long, hedge-lined driveway that opens to a broad motor court and three-car garage, the 6’5” guard has alley-ooped his airy contemporary manse on the market at just under $6 million. Brand-spanking-new when he bought it, the asking price stands not quite 10-percent above the $5.5 million he shelled out for the place just over 1.5 years ago.
Cedar cladding on the exterior and cedar accents throughout the interior, along with a quarry’s worth of black marble and a small forest’s bounty of wheat-toned European oak floorboards, bring natural warmth to the crisply clean-lined and light filled living spaces. Beyond the pivoting, full-height all-glass front door, open-plan living sand entertaining spaces include a cozy formal sitting room, a spacious dining area and a sprawling great room with a kitchen configured around two large islands. A floor-to-ceiling bank of glass disappears into the walls for an easy transition from the great room to a covered patio that overlooks the grassy yard.
Elsewhere are a home office and a movie theater. Each of the four guest bedrooms has a private bath, each with a unique tile treatment, while the primary suite offers a fireplace beneath a vaulted wood-clad ceiling, a black-marble bathroom in black marble, a huge, custom-fitted walk-in closet, and a private terrace with an over-the-treetops view.
The property is available through Kevin Stewart and “Buying Beverly Hills” cast member Jon Grauman, both with the Bond Collective at The Agency.
Wherever in the greater Memphis area Kennard and his wife alight, their budget certainly allows them to partake of the frothiest of Grind City’s real estate cream; the most expensive property currently on the market in Grizzlies territory is Hickory Withe Farm, an epic $4.3 million spread way out in Eads with a palatial mansion set on 90 acres at the end of a half-mile-long oak-lined driveway.