Los Angeles gated estate built by Magic Johnson in the 1980s is asking for $14.5 million


A sunny six-bedroom mansion that NBA Hall of Famer Magic Johnson built in 1981 in Moraga Estates, a gated enclave in LA’s upscale Bel Air neighborhood, hit the market Tuesday for 14.5 million of dollars.

At more than 10,000 square feet, the home was designed with the needs of legendary Los Angeles Lakers point guard and activist Mr. Johnson in mind, according to marketing materials from Compass agent Nancy Ellin, who is both the seller and the listing agent.

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As such, the house has a large indoor basketball court and locker room, with signatures still on the wall of “many notable NBA players,” according to the listing. Guests can watch games on the pitch through floor-to-ceiling windows in an upstairs media room.

Mr Johnson lived there until 1990, according to representatives of Compass. Ms. Ellin bought the property for $4.4 million in 2004.

The house has a large indoor basketball court and locker room, with signatures still on the wall of “many notable NBA players,” according to the listing.

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Built for accommodation, the house also features an expansive game room with wood-beamed ceilings, a wet bar, and a separate entrance to the back yard. Lined with hedges “for complete privacy,” the marketing materials note, the backyard features lawns as well as multiple brick patios, an in-ground pool, built-in barbecue, and fire pit, all overlooked by the surrounding canyons.

At the front of the house, a brick pathway leads to the main entrance and dramatic foyer, which is framed by high ceilings and a spiral staircase, as seen in the photos. A formal dining room with custom built-ins is located off the entry hall, and a formal living room with a wood-burning fireplace opens to a spacious family room, also with a wood-burning fireplace as well as a wet bar and a “Moroccan-inspired seating rotunda. The family room opens directly to the back yard through French doors.

A master bedroom has its own sitting area and fireplace, as well as a balcony, custom walk-in closets and a window-lined bathroom with steam shower and bathtub.

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A spacious open chef’s kitchen with marble countertops and island seating opens to a bright breakfast area, which also opens to the backyard. Upstairs, a master bedroom has its own sitting area and fireplace, as well as a balcony, custom walk-in closets and a window-lined bathroom with steam shower and bathtub.

Located at the end of a cul-de-sac in a community with 24 hour security, the property has also been updated with new security and camera systems as well as new electrical, lighting, HVAC, pool, spa, and hydro water filtration, as listed.

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“This home is one of the most private properties in Moraga Estates,” Ms Ellin said in an emailed statement. “After a complete renovation, it now features top of the line appliances, marble, custom cabinetry and Moroccan/Spanish design elements inspired by our travels.”

“It’s truly an artists’ paradise and an incredibly special home,” Ms Ellin added.


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