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


A sunny six-bedroom mansion built for the NBA Hall of Famer Magic Johnson in 1981 at Moraga Estates, a gated enclave in Los Angeles’ upscale Bel Air section, was put on the market Tuesday asking for $14.5 million.

At more than 10,000 square feet, the home is designed to fit the needs of Mr. Johnson, the legendary Los Angeles Lakers bodyguard and activist, according to marketing materials from Compass agent Nancy Ellen, seller and registry agent.

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As such, the home features a large indoor basketball court and locker room, complete with signatures still on the wall from “several notable NBA players,” according to the listing. Guests can watch the games on the court through the glass windows in the media room upstairs.

Mr. Johnson lived there until 1990, according to Compass representatives. Mrs. Ellen purchased the property for $4.4 million in 2004.

The home includes a large indoor basketball court and locker room, complete with signatures still on the wall from “several notable NBA players,” according to the listing.

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Built to host, the house also features a spacious playroom with wood-beamed ceilings, a wet bar, and separate entrance to the backyard. Marketing material notes that the backyard is lined with hedges for “total privacy,” and features grass lawns as well as multiple brick patios, an indoor pool, barbecue pit and fire pit, all overlooking the surrounding canyons.

At the front of the house, a brick walkway leads to the main entrance and the dramatic foyer, flanked by high ceilings and a winding staircase, as the photos show. A formal dining room with custom built-in appliances is located off the foyer, and a formal living room with a wood-burning fireplace opens onto a spacious family room, along with a wood-burning fireplace as well as a bar and “Moroccan-inspired round seating.” The family room opens directly into the backyard area via French doors.

The basic bedroom suite has its own sitting area and fireplace, as well as a balcony, custom walk-in wardrobe, and window-lined bathroom with steam shower and bathtub.

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The chef’s spacious open kitchen with marble tables and island seating opens onto a light-filled breakfast area, which also opens onto the backyard. Upstairs, the basic bedroom suite features its own sitting area and fireplace, plus a balcony, custom walk-in wardrobes, and a window-lined bathroom with steam shower and bathtub.

Located at the end of a dead end in a community with 24 hour security service, the property has also been updated with new security and camera systems as well as new electrical and lighting systems, HVAC system, pool and spa and hydro purification systems, according to the listing.

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“This home is one of the most private properties in the Moraga Estates,” Eileen said in an email statement. “After a complete renovation, it now has the finest appliances, marble, custom cabinetry, and Moroccan/Spanish design elements inspired by our travels.”

“It is a true haven for artists and an incredibly special home,” added Ms. Eileen.


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