Kevin Durant stoked the ire of Oklahomans after he broke up with the the Oklahoma City Thunder to make a new life with the Golden State Warriors. Now, as the noted small forward makes a career transition to the championship-winning franchise, he needs to find somewhere in the Bay Area to call home. At least the next two years, anyway.
A lot of professional athletes live in the East Bay suburbs, with a few of them scattered in San Francisco’s Yerba Buena, South Beach, and Marina districts. Here are a few stellar places to buy should Durant want to throw a good chunk of that $54 million and $250+ million Nike endorsement money into local real estate.
4028 25th Street (SF/Noe Valley)
Designed by architects Dumican Mosey (along with noted contractors Eastwood Development) and located on a prime block in Noe Valley, this five-bedroom, three-bath contemporary home features glass, wood, and sleek finishes. From what we hear, it's solidly built. Asking is $4,995,000.
Pros: Clean surfaces galore, modern lifestyle, 24th Street access
Cons: Traffic nightmare to and from Oakland Arena and Chase Center, stroller city
2140 Jefferson (SF/Cow Hollow)
Coming in at around 7,000 square feet, this renovated, bonkers estate in the city has five bedroom and six and a half baths. It's fit for a large family or just you and your mom. (Durant’s mother appears at almost all of his games.) Also of note: Peter Thiel used to live here, so it comes with ideal security for high-profile celebs.
Pros: An elevator, a penthouse lounge, and a rooftop deck
Cons: Traffic to and from Oakland Arena and Chase Center
653 Dolores (SF/Mission Dolores)
A few blocks away from Mark Zuckerberg, a few steps away from The Creamery, what’s not to love? After four years of construction, the Light House—a group of luxury townhouses in the shell of a historic church—is one of the prime spots to live in this now-tony neighborhood. Three bedrooms, three baths, and 5,350 square feet feature 30-foot ceilings, polished cement floors, exposed brick, steel beams, and original and repurposed woodwork. Asking is $6,490,000.
Pro: Across the street from Dolores Park
Con: Across the street from Dolores Park
92 Gravatt (Oakland/Claremont Hills)
If traffic is an issue, the East Bay is probably the best place to live if you spend a good chunk of time at Oakland Arena. This contemporary pad in Claremont Hills features four beds, four and a half baths, and 5,200 square feet. Originally built in 1952, it went through a lengthy renovation in 1995. Still holds up well today.
Pros: Closer to work, nice pool, views
Con: A bit far removed for a bachelor in his prime
845 Calmar Avenue (Oakland/Crocker Highlands)
The glorious 5-bedroom, 6-bath estate was stripped down to its roots and completely rebuilt. This 1923 gem has an old-school facade, but the insides are all modern and ideal for a young professional like Durant. (Also of note are the Restoration Hardware cabinetry and light fixtures.) Asking is $2,495,000.
Pros: Sleek, great example of a renovation done right
Con: Possibly not the most private; could pose a threat for yet another petulant Thunder fan to post a "coward" sign on his yard.
940 Reliez Station Lane (East Bay/Lafayette)
And finally, should Durant want to head to Starbucks for mocha fraps with his teammate Steph Curry, he could also near Walnut Creek, home of the Curry family, into this Lafayette $20 million estate. It comes with a jarring 13 bedrooms, 12 and a half baths, and—get this—16,000 square feet plus a 6,000-square-foot guest house. Both homes have covered parking garages, pools, tennis court, patios, separate kitchens, and more.
Pros: Space galore, separate house, upcoming pool parties
Con: Very, very specific taste here, could use a major refresh
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- OKC Fan Declares Durant a 'Coward' by Placing 'For Sale' Sign at All-Star's Home [Bleacher Report]
- Peter Thiel's Marina Mansion Lands on Market at $9.2 Million [Curbed SF]
- Century-Old Church Turned Townhouses Ready to Sell at Edge of Dolores Park [Curbed SF]
- Stunning Oakland Spanish-Mediterranean Flip Asks $2.6 Million [Curbed SF]
- Steph Curry Wins a $3.2M Mansion in Walnut Creek [Curbed SF]