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Professional golfers tend to settle in sunny South Florida, Texas or Arizona where they can play and practice year round. But in other sports, Granada Hills, California, has become ground zero for athletes.
Past and present area residents have included the NFL Hall of Fame quarterback John Elway, Major League Baseball All-Star Ryan Braun, Olympic gold medal track star Maurice Greene, and other retired athletes like Steve Yeager (MLB), Jeff Bregel (NFL), Stuart Gray (NBA), and the late Formula One racecar drive Richie Ginther.
Those NFL rookies who recently signed their first multimillion-dollar professional contracts may be cruising Granada Hills’s real estate scene right now. One option available is 12009 Longacre Avenue, Granada Hill’s most expensive listing at nearly $11.6 million. The residence is listed by Sally Forster Jones, Anita Stephan and Levik Stephan of Compass.
Located on the San Fernando Valley’s edge, the custom estate spans 11,000 square feet on 1 acre in this exclusive haven. Perhaps that’s too rich for a rookie, but have you seen the guaranteed money in those contracts lately?
“It’s a grand Mediterranean estate with extravagant volume and top-of-the-line finishes which truly makes you feel like you are in a five-star resort in Europe,” says Jones.
Constructed in 2016 on a 39,391-square-foot lot, the majestic five-bedroom, six-bathroom mansion is built for a pro—packed with oversized features and amenities (the bigger, the better). The residence boasts soaring ceilings, arched doorways, showy chandeliers, a home theater, a guest house, and a grand entertainment backyard with a resort-style pool.
Upon entering, a dramatic great room reveals a grand staircase and a lavish crystal chandelier dangling from a towering 30-foot-high ceiling. Expansive living spaces (living room and refined chandelier dining room) boast fireplaces and sliding doors for an open-air ambiance.
The home’s highlight is the monumental backyard with its prodigious arched façade, expansive veranda and patio, guest house (with gym and outdoor kitchen pavilion), and oversized pool—ideal for entertaining guests.
“The yard might be the most astonishing detail,” says Jones. “It boasts an expansive pool, guest house/gym and sports court all surrounded by beautiful hillside views.”
Inside, a large contemporary kitchen includes liberal cabinet space, premium stainless steel appliances, a wine refrigerator, and a massive eat-in block island—adjacent to a bright family TV room.
Expansive bedroom suites offer arched doors leading to huge terraces, walk-in closets, and a enormous master bathroom with a spa bath and walk-in shower massive enough for a 6-foot-10 power forward or a 330-lb. offensive lineman.
“The estate is spacious with an open floor plan perfect for families with young children,” says Jones. “It’s also in a secluded, private neighborhood which is fitting for those in the spotlight [athletes and celebrities] who want a place to getaway.”
It’s prime time. Summer approaches. As champions are crowned and rookies are signed, bonus checks are due to be cashed. Why not here, where the Mediterranean meets the Valley? And where Granada Hills real estate agents eagerly await on deck.