Johnny Depp Sold His 5 L.A. Condos—and 3 of Them Are Now Available for Rent

It’s taken about a year, but Johnny Depp is finally rid of all five of his penthouse condos in Los Angeles‘ Eastern Columbia Building.

The final tally on the condos came out to $10.88 million, which is roughly $3.7 million more than the actor paid for them in 2008.

If you weren’t able to plunk down the cash to buy one of the fabulous units, that doesn’t mean you can’t kick back in one . Three of the units are now available for lease for $5,500 to $8,000 a month.

Listing agent Kevin Dees of The Agency, who was behind the sale of all five units, notes that they set a record per square foot in downtown L.A.

“The client is very happy with the sales,” he says, adding that Depp was a “great guy” to work with.

Johnny Depp's former penthouse complex
Johnny Depp’s former penthouse complex

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Dees is also handling one of the rentals: an 1,839-square-foot, one-bedroom, 1.5-bath, two-story unit available for $5,500 a month.

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Overhead view of kitchen and dining space

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Dees says Depp used the five-condo complex as if it were one extra-large house, and the unit Dees is repping on the rental market was Depp’s dining and entertaining space.

As with the other four units, this one sits atop the landmark art deco building, with striking views of downtown L.A. from almost every room.

There’s a spacious bedroom and master bath upstairs, a lounge on the landing, a great room on the main floor along with an open kitchen.

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Master bedroom

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Master bath

The building’s amenities include a rooftop terrace with a saltwater pool and spa, a sun deck, and a fully equipped fitness studio. There’s also 24/7 concierge service and gated parking.

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Rooftop pool

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Eastern Columbia Building entry

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As for the decor, Depp has taken the wall art with him. But the chic built-ins remain, and wait for a renter’s own spin.

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Mural is not included.

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Also available for rent are two more units. Penthouse 1, priced at $6,999 a month, has two bedrooms, three baths, and 2,490 square feet of living space. Penthouse 3, a corner unit, is $8,000 a month and has two bedrooms, 2.5 baths, and 2,400 square feet of living space.

Get This Show on the Road: 9 Smart Tips for Moving Out of State

A long-haul move is an adventure that requires advance planning, meticulous labeling, and—let us not forget—a sense of humor about the fact that whatever can go wrong probably will.

Like with any move, your crystal wine glasses might get crushed or your kid’s favorite toy could end up vanishing somewhere between Point A and Point B. But when you’re making the trek across state lines, there’s even more to consider—and more problems to prevent.

Like what? We’re glad you asked! We’ve unpacked nine tips to keep in mind if you’re moving far away. Who knows? If you approach a cross-country move with a smart game plan, it just might feel like you’re relocating across the street.

1. Edit ruthlessly

Before any move, you should purge big-time. But this is especially important if you’re cramming everything you own onto a truck to move cross-country.

“Most long-distance moves are based on volume or weight, so go through your belongings and donate what you can,” recommends Mike Glanz, CEO of HireAHelper, an online marketplace for hiring moving help.

Block off an afternoon to ponder whether you really need all those vintage New Kids on the Block T-shirts, or the complete collection of “Rocky” DVDs (really, no one needs to own “Rocky V”). Sell those bad boys to defray moving costs. Depending on the furniture you own (have you upgraded at all since your first post-college pad?), it might cost less to buy replacements than to haul what you have.

2. Review pricing carefully

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Read the fine print so hidden fees aren’t a surprise.

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Long-haul moves can also be priced according to destination, so consider your options carefully before locking in with a contract.

“For example, a move between NYC and L.A. might be cheaper since it’s a busier route than one from Kentucky to Colorado, even though this is a shorter haul,” explains Nimrod Sheinberg, vice president of sales for Oz Moving & Storage.

“If your job is moving you, the expenses incurred may be tax-deductible, so check with a CPA,” adds Allison Bethell, a real estate investor analyst with FitSmallBusiness.com.

3. Ask about insurance

Some homeowners policies provide moving insurance. But if you go with your mover’s plan, you should always request full-value insurance, Glanz advises.

“Most movers offer full-value as an upgrade, but it’s worth it because the standard repair coverage only covers 60 cents per pound,” Glanz explains. With full-value coverage, on the other hand, the mover will pay you what it would cost to replace your damaged item (or in some cases, to repair the damage).

The bottom line: If movers drop your 30-pound flat screen valued at $500 and you have only the standard coverage, you’ll get a check for just $18. With full-value coverage, you’d get what it would cost to buy an equivalent replacement TV.

And don’t forget about your car insurance and driver’s license.

“Know the process for switching your license to a new state, and update your address with your car insurance company so you’re eligible for any ZIP-code based discounts,” says Vince Lefton, CEO of Bulldog Adjusters in Hollywood, FL.

4. Check the calendar

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The time of year may be a factor when deciding a move date.

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Be prepared: A long-haul move can last a full day, a couple of days, or even weeks.

“Delivery times are always estimated, and there could be changes,” Sheinberg notes.

And give yourself more time than you think you’ll need, urges Kathleen Marks, a real estate agent with United Real Estate Asheville in North Carolina.

“Moving trucks, especially those towing cars, can’t drive very fast,” she says. (An eight-hour car trip could take 12 hours in a 24-foot moving truck.)

Finally, if you can, be flexible with your dates—and watch it pay off with discounts. For instance, rates tend to be 20% to 30% higher between May and September (holidays such as July 4 and Labor Day are the priciest of all), so you might try to avoid a summer move if possible.

5. Label everything—and take photos

After you’ve decluttered, donated, or sold your items, the next step is to label.

“Go room by room and put sticky colored dots on every box,” recommends Julie Subotky, a moving pro at Consider It Done. “Movers need to know what to take and what to leave—or you might ending up moving your garbage across the country—which really happens.”

And take photos of valuables, Glanz says. “When the move is over and something is damaged, you’ll have proof the item was in fact broken in transit.”

6. Cushion your valuables

Cross-country moves can do a number on your stuff (read: lots of jostling!), so use blankets, towels—even clothing—to pad the boxes, experts say. These items need packing anyway, so it makes sense to use them to fill in gaps and reduce the likelihood that boxes will get crushed.

7. Make a ‘first off’ bag

When you (finally) arrive after a multistate trip, you won’t want to hunt for the most important items, so put together a couple of “first off” boxes and alert movers to them.

“One should contain toilet paper, flashlights, and batteries,” Subotky says. You’ll also want these things close at hand: the shower curtain, coffee paraphernalia, clothing, medication, dog food, soap, shampoo, power cords, and clean linens.

8. Go on a goodbye tour

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Naomi Hattaway, a real estate agent with 8th & Home in Virginia, tells families moving across state lines or farther to “leave well”—because you probably won’t be back anytime soon. Connecting with everyone and everything one final time gives a sense of closure, especially for young kids who will be sad to leave and might have a harder time making the transition

“Take a photo walk of favorite locations in town (such as the park, playground, a beloved diner) and intentionally say goodbye to friends and family, beyond just the awkward farewell parties that most people attend,” she says.

9. Turn the move into a vacation

A long-distance move may not feel like a spa trip, but it can be a somewhat enjoyable event.

“Have your route mapped out, and pack snacks and games in the car for the kids,” suggests Joe Devost, moving operations field manager at You Move Me. Plus, choosing fun, touristy stops along the way can make a long-haul move more memorable and make it feel like a getaway. Sort of.

5 Holiday Splurges to Avoid If You Hope to Sell Your Home Next Year

The holidays are officially here—and while  merrymaking and gift shopping are likely top of mind, you may have to keep some of those celebratory urges in check if you’re planning to sell your home next year. Why? Because many holiday season activities can come back to haunt you when your house is on the market, even if it’s months later.

Don’t believe us? Here are five holiday splurges to avoid if you hope to have a smooth home-selling process next year. It’s our gift to you! (You’ll thank us later.)

1. Don’t do decorations that could damage your home

Yes, we know you want to display your holiday spirit. But avoid any decor that could leave behind damage you’ll have to repair later—holes in the walls, marks on the floor, screws that mar the side of the house. If you have a live Christmas tree, be careful not to let spilled water sit on hardwood or laminate flooring, which can warp and stain. And it should go without saying that you don’t want to paint walls dramatic colors; save the winter wonderland mural for another year.

Think about curb appeal, too. “Avoid blow-up animals and reindeer in the yard,” advises Flor Blanchett, a Realtor® at the Keyes Company in Florida. “When you take those things out, especially in the South, they leave spots on the grass that are totally dead for months afterward.”

2. Don’t clutter your home with huge holiday gifts

The mantra of anyone trying to sell a home? “Declutter, declutter, declutter,” says Blanchett.

Don’t buy a bunch of gifts that are going to have to be hidden away after the new year.

“If you have young children with toys all over the place, I advise packing it all away in a container under the stairs or somewhere people won’t see it,” she says.

The basic organizational rule is that you don’t want your closets to appear bursting at the seams, which will give the impression there’s not enough storage.

Obviously, nobody is saying that Santa has to skip your house this year, but consider forgoing the bulky play kitchen or drivable toy car in lieu of smaller action figures or electronics.

Remember: You’re going to have to move all that stuff after you sell the house. You’ll thank yourself at packing time if you spring for a gift certificate or jewelry instead of sports equipment or kitchen gadgets.

3. Don’t buy appliances or furniture that may not fit your future home

It’s another prime gift-giving no-no. Avoid shelling out for appliances, furniture, or anything that’s specific to your current home’s layout. Unless you already know where you’re moving, that gorgeous (and large) new couch might not fit correctly in your new digs. And that sparkling new washer-dryer set is probably going to be a gift for the buyers, since appliances usually stay with the home. Grills, sheds, anything bulky—you’re going to either gift it to your buyers in a few months or pay someone to move it. Save the heavy stuff for next year.

4. Don’t take on too much holiday-related debt

This is not the year to live out your “new car with a giant bow on it” fantasies. Taking on debt, whether it’s credit card debt or a car or boat loan, can hurt your chances of getting approved for a mortgage when you’re ready to buy your next home. So, don’t go out and buy expensive things; a lender will take note and it could work against you. When in doubt, ask first.

“Speak with your lender if making a real estate purchase after the sale on how much you can spend on big-ticket items,” says Dillar Schwartz, a Realtor in Austin, TX.

5. Don’t surprise the family with a new pet

The holidays are a common time for families to get a new furry friend—there are even adoption drives based around getting a holiday pet. However, right before you’re ready to sell your house is not a terrific time to be housetraining a puppy or teaching a cat not to scratch the couch.

Showing a house with a pet can be challenging enough even when it’s not a new pet, and then they’re going to have to go through the wildly pet-unfriendly process of moving. However much you’re longing for a cat, pup, or capybara, it just makes sense to wait until after the move. Especially the capybara.

Deion Sanders’ Former Mansion Goes on the Auction Block—With No Reserve

The Prosper, TX, mansion where NFL Hall of Famer Deion Sanders used to live just can’t catch a break. The 29,000-square-foot property was sold at auction in 2014 in a deal that fell through, then it came back on the market for $12.75 million in April 2016.

Now the nine-bedroom, 13-bathroom home, christened “Chateau Montclair,” is going to auction again, on Dec. 13. And this time, there’s no reserve. Does that mean the former Prime Time palace could be sold for just one dollar?

“This is correct,” says Jodi Fillmore of Concierge Auctions. “Though we are looking at bids of $1.5 million to $2 million to open.”

It’s an “amazing opportunity,” Fillmore says. When it was owned by Sanders, the mansion sat on 112 acres, but now all but 5.95 acres have been transformed into an upscale community called Montclair.

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Master bedroom

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Home theater

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Homes in the neighborhood start at $1 million and sit on three-quarter-acre lots. For as low as a few million, Sanders’ former home, complete with bowling alley, barber shop, basketball court, and 12-car garage, is a deal indeed.

Why go with a no-reserve auction? “The seller is just ready to move on,” Fillmore says. “An auction creates a definitive sell date. We’re kind of like a Navy SEAL team, accomplishing in a short period of time what might take much longer on the market.”

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An auction also opens the potential field of buyers from local big shots to international investors. They’re expecting to have at least 10 to 12 people bidding on the property. And in case a buyer isn’t looking for a master bedroom with a built-in coffee bar, the property has been pre-approved by the city for subdividing: an investment buyer could create as many as six lots from the sprawling property.

“It’s a ridiculous opportunity because of the growth around here,” Fillmore says. Prosper is just 35 miles from Dallas, or a 10-minute drive from the Cowboys training facility. “This definitely expands the playing field for a person who never thought they could touch a property like this. It’s fun and fast and approachable for most.”

Ready to start bidding? The online registration deadline is Dec. 11. Bids placed before the deadline don’t pay a 12% buyer premium, so make your move.

Season for Thieving: 6 Tricks to Protect Your Home During the Holidays

Some of us wait eagerly all year for the holidays and the jolly merriment that accompanies these few crazy weeks: the festive shindigs, the bottomless eggnog bowls, and the no-longer-so-ironic ugly sweaters. All of it might have you feeling like nothing can go wrong.

But as much as you’re looking forward to the holidays, so are the bad guys.

(Warning: Buzzkill ahead.)

Yes, that dizzying schedule of end-of-the-year fêtes and last-minute holiday shopping means you’re out of your home more often than in it, providing would-be burglars ample opportunity to case your place. And whether you’re checking in at a winter ski getaway or Instagramming that sweet Black Friday deal you just nabbed, your social media profile is also alerting the world that nobody’s home.

Don’t give the bad guys a holiday bonus! You can outsmart them and protect your home, as long as you know where you’re most vulnerable. Luckily, we’ve done the heavy lifting to gather security experts’ top tips to keep your home—and everything in it—safe during the busy holiday season.

1. Lock it down

Nothing too earth-shattering here, but it bears repeating: If you’re going to be out of town, program your outdoor lights to switch on at dusk and off at dawn, keep your doors and windows locked, and set your alarm system, if you have one.

If you’re going on vacation, some experts recommend keeping a car parked in the driveway so it looks like someone’s home. To prevent your mailbox from overflowing while you’re away, have your mail held until you return.

In other words: Don’t make yourself a target.

2. Outsmart package thieves

“Packages sitting outside your door are like a billboard that screams ‘no one is home,'” says Justin Lavelle, chief communications director for BeenVerified, an online background check platform.

His recommendation? If you live in a city or high–foot traffic area, consider using an Amazon Locker, where you can pick up packages at your own convenience. (You can also have packages sent to your office address or, for U.S. Postal Service deliveries, held for pickup at a post office location.)

If you’re purchasing from a retailer with brick-and-mortar locations in your area, consider having your items shipped to the local store for pickup.

If that sounds like a lot of work, most shipping providers (including UPS and FedEx) allow you to postpone delivery until you know someone is home. UPS and FedEx also allow consumers to leave directions for where to drop off packages.

“Follow their shipping details so you know what date the delivery is anticipated, and leave a note attached to your door with where you want the delivery to be left,” he says. “Just make sure you write ‘For UPS’ or ‘For FedEx’ on the outside and fold the note over or put it in an envelope.”

Also, make sure the path to your door is open, clear, and visible to neighbors and the street.

“If thieves can shield themselves behind large bushes and decor such as large blowups and Christmas trees, it’s that much easier for them to go unnoticed,” Lavelle says.

3. Take a break from social media

Yes, we realize this is a tall order in today’s like-happy society. But trust us here: Smart thieves are watching not only your house, but also your social media channels. Be aware that when you trumpet that two-week holiday trip to Bali all over Facebook, you’re telling the world that your pad will be unattended.

The same logic applies to sharing photos of your home and your stuff: They tell would-be burglars what else you have in your home and if there’s something worth stealing.

And while you’re taking stock of your online profile, take a minute to adjust your privacy settings for event RSVPs as well.

“Anytime you publicly RSVP to parties, school events, concerts, or any other event, you’re giving an intruder an invitation to target your home,” Lavelle says. “Social media may not give away your home address, but with the internet it’s not hard to find out.”

4. Get smart

If you’ve been wavering on outfitting your home with the latest smart home technology, the holidays could be the perfect time to finally get on board. You’ll have the fun of a new gadget to play with, and the peace of mind that your home has some extra safeguards—even when you can’t be there.

The options are virtually endless: Consider a smart doorbell (like Ring’s video doorbell), which detects motion and provides a view of your front door from your smartphone. Or try the Maximus Smart Security Light, which sends real-time push alerts to your phone so you can see and speak to who’s lurking on your porch—or sound an alarm directly from an app, if necessary.

Want to control your lights with the swipe of a finger? Check out innovations like the Philips Hue smart lightbulbs, which allow you to operate your lighting from anywhere.

And if you’re looking for an all-in-one smart security solution, consider a system like Nest Secure, which combines a variety of self-installable cameras, motion sensors, and alarms and poses a serious threat to traditional, clunkier alarm companies.

5. Consider a home upgrade

Wood or glass can break easily under pressure from an intruder, says home security expert Sadie Cornelius of SafeSmartLiving.com. Consider upgrading your door to stainless steel.

If that doesn’t jibe with your aesthetic, make sure your deadbolt requires a key on both sides. Smart locks (like those from Schlage and Kwikset) are easy to install and provide an additional layer of security from would-be burglars.

And to better illuminate wannabe burglars, consider installing motion-detecting lights, which use little energy and are usually affordable.

6. Beef up your online security

“While it might not seem obvious, security goes beyond the physical,” Cornelius says. “Cyber Monday and online shopping are an opportunity for hackers to steal your credit data and identity.”

She recommends using a virtual private network, or VPN, when using public Wi-Fi to protect your online data from hackers. If you’re shopping online, be sure the sites are secure and have a valid encryption certificate (which you can usually spot with the green locked indicator in front of the site address).

Ensure your system is running the latest security updates and antivirus software, and consider signing up for identity theft protection so you’re immediately alerted to suspicious activity on any of your accounts. Many banks will allow you to set up mobile push alerts for certain types of transactions or spending thresholds.

10 Hosting No-Nos That Drive Your Houseguests Nuts

Hosting this holiday season? While we all love to complain about houseguest foibles—the friend who cleans out your fridge, the aunt who leaves the lights on all night—did you ever stop to ponder that you, dear host, might be the one annoying your guests?

Believe it or not, many hosts’ “guest-iquette” is less than hospitable. Take note: Here are 10 hosting behaviors that drive your houseguests completely nuts.

1. You gave your guests your crappiest, castoff towels and linens

Don’t just unload your leftover linens and lumpy pillows on your guests. It’s simply not that expensive to outfit your guests with absorbent, unstained towels (and plenty of them!) and decent sheets.

Really want to impress your guests? Do what Patricia Napier-Fitzpatrick, founder and president of the Etiquette School of New York, does and offer a variety of pillows.

“One of my friends is so attached to her pillow that she actually shipped it to my house when she was visiting,” she says. “That got me thinking, it might be nice to have different styles to choose from, from firm to fluffy.”

2. Your sofa bed sucks

Have you ever slept on your guest bed? You might try it for a night; it would offer some perspective on how comfortable (or not) it actually is, says San Francisco–based etiquette expert Lisa Grotts.

If you don’t have a decent guest bed, there are better options than a pull-out couch with that bar that prods your spine all night long. She recommends using an inflatable mattress, which can be surprisingly comfortable.

Here’s a look at some of the best guest beds available today.

3. The coffeepot looks more complicated than a space shuttle

For an early riser, there’s nothing crueler than not being able to get your caffeine fix.

“Before I go to bed, I get the coffeepot set so the guests can just turn it on if I’m not around when they get up in the morning,” says Rachel Wagner, an etiquette consultant in Bixby, OK.

She also recommends giving a quick kitchen tour the night before so they know where breakfast items are located in the pantry, cabinets, and fridge without a lot of banging around.

4. Your food options don’t fit guests’ dietary restrictions

Sometimes hosts are well-versed on all their guests’ allergies and idiosyncrasies, but a refresher is always in order.

“It’s polite to inquire about special dietary needs or allergies and general likes and dislikes so you can stock the fridge before they arrive,” says Napier-Fitzpatrick.

While you don’t have to go overboard, it’s probably not a good idea to push your to-die-for mac and cheese on your paleo friend. And now’s not the time to get preachy: Don’t force-feed your uncle sprouts and quinoa if he really, really craves meat and potatoes.

Finally, don’t forget to pay special attention if children are part of the package, as a hangry kid is no fun for anyone.

5. Your closets are so full, guests can’t unpack

Yes, the guest room closet is a convenient place for you to stash out-of-season clothes, or stockpile your donations until you head to the drop-off site. But make sure your guests have ample room to store their stuff when they arrive.

Wagner supplies a luggage rack, which not only looks inviting but also helps prevent the guest from soiling a comforter with dirty suitcases. You’ll also want to empty out a couple of drawers and some closet space, and don’t forget to have a few empty hangers available.

6. Your shower has a cheap, almost-empty shampoo bottle

Most travelers today try to avoid checking a bag whenever possible, which means they’re likely traveling light in the liquid department. Give your guests a break by offering them sumptuous, spa-worthy toiletries, as well as other necessities.

Wagner sets up a basket with a note inviting them to use and keep anything they need. She includes unopened hotel shampoos and conditioners, body wash, lotion, small bars of soap, shower caps, and sewing kits, and new disposable razors, toothbrushes, and small tubes of toothpaste. Let them know where extra TP is, too, of course.

7. You planned an evening at the theater, but guests brought only jeans

Some guests assume a visit is going to entail sitting by the fire in PJs, enjoying some mulled wine, and swapping stories. But if your plans include a special dress code, such as a holiday party with festive attire or an evening out at a restaurant where a jacket is required, give them a heads-up, says Napier-Fitzpatrick.

Also clue them in to other activities you might have in mind so they bring outdoor gear for a hike or appropriate clothes for a session at your favorite yoga studio.

8. You exhaust guests by overscheduling

You love your city, and you want to show off every square inch of it. While most guests will appreciate your playing tour guide, make sure to also give them some time to relax—it is their vacation, after all—and even to explore on their own. If you’re a museum buff and their tastes run more toward a jog in the park, it can be a relief to part ways and let everyone indulge in their preferred activity.

“Have some group outings and activities planned, but it isn’t necessary—nor is it necessarily appreciated by your guests—for you to have every minute of the day planned,” Napier-Fitzpatrick says.

9. Guests can’t find your Wi-Fi password, or figure out how to turn on the TV

Gah! The mystery Wi-Fi code! In today’s well-connected world, it’s a must for people to know how to access Wi-Fi, since many guests work even while on vacation. Also leave them a list of TV/cable channels and some instructions on your remote if it’s complex (and trust us, it is).

10. Your home is burning hot or freezing cold

Grotts recalls one hostess announcing that the electric bill was too high so she didn’t like turning on the air conditioner—despite the 108-degree temperature. Please don’t try to save a few bucks on your energy bill at your guests’ expense.

Show your guests where the thermostat is and have a short discussion about appropriate temperatures, or supply them with a small space heater and fan so they can create the sleeping conditions they favor.

Houston Rockets’ Trevor Ariza Lists High-Scoring Home in Tarzana, CA, for $3.5M

Houston Rockets forward Trevor Ariza is selling his high-scoring home in Tarzana, CA, for $3.5 million. The Mediterranean-style estate has 8,600 square feet of living space, including five bedrooms and eight baths.

The 32-year-old Ariza has strong ties to Southern California, where he graduated high school and attended UCLA for a single season before declaring for the NBA draft.

Now based in Houston, Ariza may not be able to spend as much time in the Los Angeles area as he’d like, which is too bad, since the gated home seems like the perfect place for some serious down time.

The palatial home features large living and dining rooms, a family room with custom bar, and a chef’s kitchen with high-end appliances and a casual dining nook. The master bedroom comes with a sitting area and massive bathroom. The upper level contains a home theater. The lower level is lounge central, with a bar and hangout space and even a barber chair for in-home haircuts.

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Trevor Ariza’s Mediterranean-style estate

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Master bedroom with sitting area

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Pool and sport court

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Lower-level lounge and bar

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A guesthouse was recently added and comes with a gym. Outdoors, along with manicured lawn and landscaping are a pool and sport court.

Ariza had his NBA debut with the New York Knicks in 2004, and has bounced around the league for over a decade. He played a key role on the Los Angeles Lakers championship squad in 2009. The well-traveled forward rejoined the Houston Rockets in 2014 on a four-year contract that will conclude at the end of the current season.