Armed with a recently restructured $10 million contract for the 2021 season, Minnesota Vikings linebacker Anthony Barr has used some of those funds to pick up a snazzy new bachelor pad in the L.A. enclave of Encino, paying $5.6 million. The move returns the four-time Pro Bowler — who already owns a smaller home in the Palos Verdes area — to his roots growing up in Los Angeles, where he played football for Loyola High School and UCLA, and where he today provides child-care assistance and scholarships to single mothers via his Raise the Barr foundation.
Though Barr, 29, will earn nearly $3 million less than anticipated this year — due to a move that frees up cap space for the team and allows him to enter free agency in 2022 — the Vikings defender (who missed most of last season because of a torn pectoral muscle) did get a pretty good deal on the modern digs, knocking nearly $125,000 off the original $5.749 million list price.
What exactly is the Purple-and-Gold baller getting in return? A gated modern manse built by Encino-based Sandlot Homes, complete with 6,200 square feet of stylish, light-filled living space on two levels punctuated by a mix of sexy matte black finishes, natural wood, designer lighting, soaring ceilings and seamless indoor-outdoor environs. There’s also a swath of standout amenities — from a game room to a movie theater — and jaw-dropping city and mountain views from almost every vantage point.
A motorcourt next to a two-car garage leads to a pivot glass door that opens into an open-concept living space, where a snazzy wine display case serves as an immediate showpiece. Also attention-grabbing is an alluring gourmet kitchen outfitted with a massive island, high-end appliances and a butler’s pantry, which opens to a sprawling deck hosting a firepit and several spots ideal for entertaining.
A wrought-iron staircase flanking a Venetian plaster wall leads up to a game room, accentuated by skylights and a trio of clerestory windows; and double doors on the upper level open into a dreamy master retreat decked out with a private lounge area holding a wet bar and a see-through fireplace topped by a TV, a wraparound balcony, mammoth walk-in closet, and spa-inspired bath boasting a duo of custom stone-cut, integrated sinks, a soaking tub and curbless shower.
Scoring the go-ahead touchdown? A lush, multilevel backyard spotlighted by an infinity-edge pool and spa with LED lighting, an outdoor kitchen with built-in barbecue, a view level and a large grassy area that’s perfect for a studio or sports court, according to the listing.