For the first time since 2010, the Boston Celtics are back in the NBA Finals and facing off against the formidable Golden State Warriors.
On the road to the finals, they vanquished a supposed superteam, last year’s champs, and the top seed in the Eastern Conference.
They offer up an intriguing blend of veteran presence along with a couple of young superstars. Where have the Celtics chosen to nest? Instead of living in Boston proper, they’ve spread across the city’s suburbs. Let’s take a peek at the winning homes of these big ballers.
Known as savvy with his dough, the young superstar reportedly doesn’t spend a dime of his Celtics salary. All of the money from his $30 million rookie contract was deposited straight into the bank. For expenses, Tatum uses the money he’s made from endorsements.
So we’re not sure if Tatum tapped into his shoe deal or his Gatorade greenbacks when he spent $4 million on a luxury residence in Newton, MA, in October 2019.
The two-story, 6,248-square-foot home on a cul-de-sac near a wooded conservation area is located about 12 miles west of the Celtics’ home court. The suburban home went up for sale in February 2019.
He acquired two separate parcels that total nearly a half-acre. Full of design flourishes, his home features a custom-designed kitchen with a granite waterfall island, a primary suite with a fireplace, and an open floor plan.
What it lacks—or lacked—was a basketball hoop. During the COVID-19 pandemic hiatus, Tatum was unable to work on his game because he had no hoop and cited cost as a factor. Shortly after giving an interview about how he went a couple of months without touching a basketball, a hoop was installed on his property.
More importantly, a year after purchasing his marvelous Massachusetts home, Tatum signed a five-year, $195 million contract extension to remain in Celtic green. We’ll see if he decides to upgrade to an even bigger mansion or remain true to his careful investment strategy.
This season’s Defensive Player of the Year knows how to lock up the opposition. But off the court, he’s unlocked the door of his fifth-floor penthouse to any buyer with $1.75 million in their bank account.
As Smart stars in the playoffs, his condo in the city’s Brighton neighborhood is on the market.
It’s located in The Aberdeen, “a boutique property” with only 40 units. Just 5 miles from TD Garden, the building offers residents secure parking, a rooftop lounge, and a fitness center.
Smart’s 1,793-square-foot condo is one of the “finest units [in] this complex,” the listing states. But buyer beware: It comes with a steep monthly HOA fee of $1,249.
Smart purchased the three-bedroom residence for $1,699,000 in September 2018. It features a “sun-drenched” living room, a modern kitchen, and a coveted 600-square-foot private terrace.
It looks like Smart might have moved out around the end of 2021, because the condo was available for rent in January for $7,000 a month.
In March, it was listed for sale for $1.8 million. A $50,000 price reduction in mid-May hasn’t coaxed a buyer off the sideline yet.
As for where Smart stays now, it’s likely that he celebrated a four-year, $77 million contract extension signed in September 2021 with upgraded digs. If you know anything about Smart’s new place, feel free to drop us a line.
Back with Boston after a brief sojourn through Philadelphia and Oklahoma City, the veteran big man starred for the Celtics from 2016 through 2019.
A fortuitous trade last summer reunited him with Beantown. However, he had sold his Boston-area mansion in August 2019 for $3,385,000 after signing a rich free-agent deal with the 76ers.
Horford sold the five-bedroom home in Weston to retired Denver Broncos center Tom Nalen, a native of the Boston area.
In an interesting twist, Nalen put the 6,600-square-foot residence back on the market a couple of weeks ago for $3,895,000. It’s now under contract—which means there’s a slight possibility Horford bought his old home back.
For the offseason, Horford keeps a home base in Atlanta, where he purchased a six-bedroom mansion in the Sandy Springs neighborhood in September 2020 for $4.75 million.
Said to “resemble a mid-Atlantic farmhouse,” the 9,841-square-foot home sits on a 2.2-acre lot behind gates and a long driveway. Outside, there’s a covered terrace, patio, and grill area ideal for entertaining.
But that’s not all when it comes to Horford’s holdings.
He’s been in the NBA since 2007, and his career salary earnings top the $200 million mark. This suggests he has plenty more properties. He owns three other more modest homes in Smyrna, GA, as well as a couple of other homes in St. Augustine, FL. Whether he purchased them for rental income or for family members, the properties are all solid investments.
To escape the city, Horford purchased a lovely lake house about 60 miles north of Atlanta in the town of Gainesville, GA, last summer. He spent $2.9 million on the modern farmhouse overlooking Lake Lanier. The five-bedroom getaway is highlighted by a wide-open kitchen that boasts an indoor pizza oven. Two docks out back mean easy access to all the lake has to offer.
This wing continues to soar in his sixth season with the Celts. A fearsome scorer, he was drafted by Boston in 2017 and signed a four-year, $106.3 million extension in 2019.
While the 2020 season was suspended due to the pandemic, Brown shopped for a home and wound up with a winner.
Located in Wellesley, MA, his seven-bedroom mansion is a modern vision with clean lines everywhere. Brown bought the place in July 2020 for $7.8 million and might have scored a bargain in the process. The sleek home on 1.53 acres took three years to build and initially hit the market in January 2020 for $11 million. After a series of price cuts, Brown swooped in with his offer.
We’re not exactly sure where the first-year head coach calls home in the Boston area. After landing the gig last June, Udoka hasn’t had a lot of downtime. Perhaps he’s renting close to the TD Garden and will spend the offseason house hunting. Or perhaps he’s dialed up a play that’s disguised his whereabouts.
Either way, the only home we could definitively tie to the coach is in his hometown of Portland, OR. It’s a modest three-bedroom home in the city’s Arbor Lodge neighborhood that Udoka purchased back during his playing days in 2008 for $375,000.
As for his famous fiancee? Udoka and actress Nia Long have been together for over a decade, and they have one son. She’s owned the same three-bedroom house in Los Angeles since 1998. The home was briefly listed last year for $2,895,000, and in the summer it was available for lease for $12,750 a month.
In 2013, Stevens made the giant leap from head coach at Butler University to head coach of one of the NBA’s premier franchises.
While he wasn’t able to lead the Celtics to the finals in his eight seasons on the bench, he took over as team president last summer and built a possible championship roster.
The same year he was tapped as Celtics coach, he bought a charming five-bedroom home in Wellesley, MA. We couldn’t determine how much Stevens paid for the place a decade ago, but homes in the 02481 ZIP code currently have a median list price of $2.2 million.
In August 2019, Stevens added a brand-new lake house in New Hampshire to his property portfolio. Located in Moultonborough on the banks of Lake Winnipesaukee, the five-bedroom home was purchased for $3 million.
Featuring an open floor plan, a large chef’s kitchen, and a native stone fireplace, it looks like the perfect spot to spend a summer in the Northeast.
Few folks can claim they’ve sold property to a former president of the United States. Celtics owner Wyc Grousbeck is one of them.
In 2019, Grousbeck sold his Martha’s Vineyard retreat to Barack and Michelle Obama for $14.8 million. The waterfront estate had been on the market for years at more robust price points before the Obamas came calling. In fact, the 30-acre spread was priced as high as $22.5 million in 2015. However, Grousbeck likely met his match in negotiation skills.
But shed no tears for the entrepreneur who bought the Celts for $360 million in 2002. According to Forbes, the team is now worth $3.55 billion.
The team owner also has other homes to fall back on, including a luxe apartment in Boston’s Beacon Hill neighborhood. We also believe he possibly purchased a 12,000-square-foot mansion in Greenwich, CT, in summer 2020 for $8,875,000.
Randy White (email@example.com) contributed to this report.