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Austin J. Rivers, currently a player for the Los Angeles Clippers, recently bought a home in Winter Park.
Austin J. Rivers, currently a player for the Los Angeles Clippers, recently bought a home in Winter Park. (Robert Gauthier / TNS)

NBA player Austin J. Rivers paid $2.7 million on Jan. 7 for a Phil Kean Design home in Winter Park, a sale that should set a new record for dollar-per-square-foot in Central Florida.

Located in the 200 block of Alexander Place, a few blocks north of the Rollins College campus, the 4,384-square-foot home sold for more than $615 per square foot, comparable to lakefront property values. The home was listed for sale in November of last year.

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Pictured is the home at 229 Alexander Place recently purchased by NBA player Austin J. Rivers, which has won awards for its architecture and construction.
Pictured is the home at 229 Alexander Place recently purchased by NBA player Austin J. Rivers, which has won awards for its architecture and construction. (Phil Kean Real Estate)

The home was designed and built as an International Showcase Home for The National Association of Home Builders by Phil Kean, and won numerous awards in 2012 for its design, construction and energy efficiency, according to the seller's web listing.

Based across the street from the Alfond Inn, Phil Kean and associate Brad Grosberg bought the property back in December 2010 for $400,000.

The two-story home features four bedrooms and five baths, an outdoor lanai with fountains, pool, and summer kitchen, an art gallery with 14-foot ceilings and a 40-foot gallery wall that ends at a secluded bar area. The master bedroom covers the whole second floor, with a spa-like bathroom, three private decks, an intimate media room and private gym.

The Rivers family at their Winter Park home, on Tuesday, June 3, 2014. Left to Right: Spencer, Glenn (Doc) and Kris Rivers (Mom & Dad), Callie, Adam Jones, Jeremiah, and Austin. NBA coach Doc Rivers, wife Kris, and five children who went through Winter Park: Callie, Jeremiah, Austin, adopted son Adam Jones and Class of 2014 graduate Spencer. All played sports for Winter Park HS.
The Rivers family at their Winter Park home, on Tuesday, June 3, 2014. Left to Right: Spencer, Glenn (Doc) and Kris Rivers (Mom & Dad), Callie, Adam Jones, Jeremiah, and Austin. NBA coach Doc Rivers, wife Kris, and five children who went through Winter Park: Callie, Jeremiah, Austin, adopted son Adam Jones and Class of 2014 graduate Spencer. All played sports for Winter Park HS. (Ricardo Ramirez Buxeda / Orlando Sentinel)

Rivers plays for the Los Angeles Clippers, a team coached by his father, Glenn "Doc" Rivers. Glenn Rivers owns two homes in the Winter Park area, and Austin and his siblings were raised in the city and attended school there.

Austin Rivers led Winter Park High School's basketball team to its first state title in 2010, and was ranked as the no. 1 player in the nation by Rivals.com, before attending Duke University.

-- Reporter Laura Kinsler contributed to this story.

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