From NCAA to NBA. Where do these past March Madness contenders live?
Carmelo Anthony, a current member of the Oklahoma City Thunder, led the Syracuse Orangemen to their first and only NCAA National Championship in 2003. He was a freshman and earned the tournament’s Most Outstanding Player Award. Soon after, he declared himself eligible for the NBA Draft where he was selected 3rd overall by the Denver Nuggets. In 2011, Anthony was traded to his home state of New York, playing for the New York Knicks, where he earned a wide-range of accolades and laid down some roots. He inked a deal on an $11 million apartment in New York City. According to Curbed NY, he picked up two fifth floor apartments that when combined created a 4,556 square-foot home.
J.J. Redick, a current member of the Philadelphia 76ers, is a Duke University Alum. The Blue Devils have won 5 NCAA Championships, appeared in 11 Championship Games and 16 Final Fours. J.J. Redick set ACC and Duke records during his college career. He is currently the all-time leading scorer for Duke and led his team to win 30 points in their victory over North Carolina State in the ACC Championships. Since he started his professional career, he’s made his way around the country playing the real estate game; from a $5 million Italian-style villa in Austin, TX to a $4.25 million Dumbo Penthouse. It truly is go big or go home for this all-star.
Shane Battier, a retired professional basketball player, is also an alum of Duke University. He helped the Blue Devils capture the 2001 National Championship and was claimed the National Player of the Year award. He began his NBA career with the Memphis Grizzlies and ended it with the Miami Heat, winning two championships. In celebration of these big wins, Battier purchased a $3.225 million luxury home in Coral Gables, FL - an upgrade from his $1.895 million Coconut Grove home. According to Zillow, this 5-bedroom 5-bathroom mansion has a colonial-style architecture that stands out from the norm of the Mediterranean-influenced homes that typically are seen in the South Florida region.
Joakim Noah, a current member of the New York Knicks, two-time NBA All-Star, and NBA Defensive Player of the Year (2014) - are just some of his accolades in his professional career. Prior to the NBA, Noah played at the University of Florida, where he was a critical member to helping the Gators win back-to-back NCAA championships in 2006 and 2007. During the season, Noah spends his time in this $8.5 million 3-bedroom penthouse in the Chelsea neighborhood of New York City. But in the off-season, you can probably find him relaxing in Malibu where he leases a summer home in the Sunset Mesa neighborhood for $25,000.
As the Final Four approaches, there could very well be some champions moving into the big leagues and diving into the real estate market.