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Blake Griffin Buys the Mansion Next Door – Yahoo Entertainment

Less than eight months after he dropped $19.1 million on an all-new Westside Los Angeles property, Blake Griffin is already plotting to expand that home court. Records reveal the Detroit Pistons’ $171 million man has stealthily acquired an adjacent mansion, a remodeled two-story affair for which he paid nearly $5.9 million.

Griffin’s new two-house compound is somewhat unusual in the fact that the two properties do not sit side-by-side; rather, the latest acquisition lies directly behind his main house, beyond the guard-gated community where the larger estate is located. To access the second home from the first, Griffin must either hike out of his backyard, across a steep ravine, or hop in his luxury automobile and traipse out of the secure enclave where he lives, out onto the mean public streets of Brentwood.

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Built in 1936, the modified traditional/quasi-colonial structure has 5 beds and 5.5 baths in nearly 5,900 square feet of living space. And though it sits on a public road, the half-acre lot is gated and high-hedged for privacy, landscaped with lush, park-like grounds.

Beyond the cream-colored, flat-roofed exterior are generically elegant interiors, including formal living and dining rooms with lustrous hardwood floors and recessed lighting. The distinctly 2000s-era kitchen includes multicolored granite countertops and top-of-the-line Viking, SubZero, and Bosch appliances, while the adjoining family room boasts a fireplace, bar area, and sliding door access to the back patio for a true indoor/outdoor lifestyle.

Upstairs, the master suite packs in another fireplace and not one but three walk-in closets/dressing rooms, with enough combined space for even the most hardcore fashionista. There’s also a sumptuous — if decoratively dated — master bath slathered in beige stone, with a built-in soaking tub and glassy shower.

The real star of the show, however, and likely the primary reason for Griffin’s purchase, is out back. The steeply sloped backyard includes a dense forest of mature eucalyptus and other evergreen trees, plus grassy lawns, palms, and a motley crew of other tropical plantings. Manmade amenities are not limited to a saltwater swimming pool, broad stone patios, and a covered loggia with an outdoor fireplace for ambient al fresco dining.

As for Griffin’s $19.1 million main mansion, that compound is comprised of a 10,000-square-foot house designed in the trendy modern farmhouse style, plus two-story detached guesthouse and a backyard pool with inset spa.

Despite still being a relatively youthful 31, Griffin has been one of the NBA’s biggest stars for years, and he’s got the baller-sized real estate portfolio to back it up. The up-and-coming land baron owns no fewer than five multimillion-dollar homes in Los Angeles; besides his $25 million Brentwood compound, there’s also his $9 million “starter” mansion in Pacific Palisades, a $4 million Manhattan Beach home currently occupied by ex-partner Brynn Cameron, and a $2.3 million property in Studio City occupied by his brother, former basketball player Taylor Griffin.

Jordana Leigh of Rodeo Realty held the listing; David Berg of Compass repped Griffin.

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