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.
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.
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.