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Joakim Noah has come to the end of the road with the northern Chicago suburban house he bought after his rookie season with the Bulls. He’s selling the 5,000 sq. ft. house with a basement that was apparently never updated since Noah moved in. Asking price: $1,369,000.
Over the last 10 years or so, I’ve probably blogged over a thousand athlete homes, and I’ve never come across a basement that so ill-matches its owner like Joakim’s basement does. Noah is more palm tree than knotty pine. Go look at the guy’s Instagram page. He’s hanging in the tropics with Laird Hamilton. The last thing I expected out of this guy’s basement was for it to look like the inside of J.J. Watt’s Wisconsin cabin.
To be clear, I wouldn’t say ‘no’ if Joakim invited me over to slam a couple of drafts and play pool while the Georgia-Bama game was on the 32″ LED. The first thing I’d do to this basement, though, is rip out that stained glass behind the bar, get me four TVs and cover that wall with electronics and LED lights.
From Noah’s realtor:
The lower level. .. .wow! The expansive space includes a mirrored gym, full bath, wine closet, and a full bar with a beer tap, dishwasher, ice-maker and more. A full-sized basketball court is in the rear yard for everyone’s enjoyment. Plenty of room for a pool, too! This is a unique opportunity to own this impeccably maintained and gently used home. Enjoy the resort-like living with plenty of space to live, work, and play while enjoying the sounds and beauty of the nature that surrounds this very special home. This is the good life.
Mortgage: About $8,000/mo. before you start talking costs associated with ripping out that knotty pine.
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Make an offer on my 1958 ranch style house 1800sq ft/9000sq ft lot. It has a free standing bar in the family room. Listed at $1.39M, have offers in by 5pm Sunday. We will counter the top 5 offers and expecting $1.5m+ from buyer….I’m so outta CA
Boy, that’s a lot of wood paneling. Decent place, but not what I’d expect from a guy who’s made $125 million.
The basement is much brighter than I had imagined- could be digitally manipulated. Also, I see office-style false ceiling tiles in the basement as well. My goodness.
Gotta get out before the BurnLootMurder soy boys destroy the neighborhood….