LeBron James drops $36.8M on Katharine Hepburn’s former mansion

Basketball star LeBron James has picked up a piece of Hollywood history.

James, 35, has purchased the Beverly Hills mansion once lived in by actress Katharine Hepburn. The $36.8 million home sits on 2.5 acres, and has one of the longest driveways in Los Angeles. Fitting for its Hollywood roots, the home also has a theatrical screening room.

The mansion, built in the 1930s, was first owned by actor Charles Boyer, and later taken over by Howard Hughes. Although he never actually lived in the home, Hughes leased it to stars including Hepburn, his ex-girlfriend, during the prime of her career, Variety reports.

James, fresh off his successful get-out-the-vote campaign and the NBA finals, bought the home from the estate of the late longtime owners Lee Phillip Bell and her husband William J. Bell — of soap opera fame. It was listed it for $39 million and James got a 6% discount on the lair.

The Mediterranean-inspired home includes a tennis court, skylight-adorned interiors, detached guest houses and an oval swimming pool overseen by a giant golden Buddha.



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