Perennial NBA All-Star Amar'e Stoudemire has returned to his Florida roots in a big way. In October, the New York Knick closed on a massive, custom home in Southwest Ranches, a posh suburb west of the Atlantic Coast city of Fort Lauderdale.
A native of Lake Wales in the north central part of Florida, the 6-foot-10-inch Stoudemire was the only high school player taken in the 2002 NBA draft. That landed the power forward in Phoenix, where he quickly dispelled any notion that teenagers could not make it in the NBA.
In 2010, the free agent signed a deal with the Knicks, taking up residence in a nifty rental at 99 Jane Street -- an exclusive West Village condo building.
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That $37,500-a-month rental was another real estate coup for Stoudemire, who benefited from the decision of its condo board not to renew the lease of a Goldman Sachs exec Richard Kimball Jr.
So with his Big Apple digs set, Stoudemire turned his attention to a new home closer to his Florida roots. The new crib in Southwest Ranches has six bedrooms, seven bathrooms, a nine-car garage, and is set on a private and well landscaped 2.35 acres.
The home has the kind of smart taste fit for a fashionable 28-year-old: Expansive foyer entry, private office, a movie theater, game room with wet bar, plus an additional wet bar. Best of all, in addition to the sumptuous indoor kitchen, there's a second kitchen to make poolside munching happen in a snap.
There are marble floors throughout, custom coffered ceilings and built-ins, and a huge vacation retreat-style outdoor pool with connecting hot tub that's surrounded by palm trees, a huge pool deck, and covered outdoor eating space.
While Stoudemire has set up house in New York and Florida, he's still looking to sell his luxury condo in Phoenix, which has been on the market since March 2008.
Built in 2003, Stoudemire's Esplanade unit is an immense 3,000 square feet, with two bedrooms, 2.5 bathrooms, and upgraded with top-of-the-line finishes throughout: great room, gourmet eat-in kitchen, custom cabinetry, granite countertops, private guest suite with its own separate entrance, and a massive master suite with sitting room and expansive mountain views.
Stoudemire has dropped the price of the unit five times over the past three years to its current list price of $1.375 million. He bought it in 2006 for $1.775 million.
Not that the good-natured Stoudemire is in desperate need of cash. The NBA season is set to resume later this month after a prolonged lockout, assuring those big paychecks will flow again.
Meanwhile, the "joblessness" that Stoudemire experienced prompted the six-time NBA All-Star to try and find a new line of work, or at least pretend to. In helping to promote his new line of Nike sneakers, Stoudemire "applied" for a job at Foot Locker, where a week's pay would not cover all the sneakers he had in his cart.
NY Knicks' Amar'e Stoudemire Scores Florida Mansion
In the spirit of Thanksgiving, we thought we'd bring you homes that their eventual owners should be really, really grateful to afford. From an $125 million Bel-Air chateau -- the country's most expensive listing -- to a veritable fortress in New Jersey, these homes are truly some of the most mind-blowing mansions to ever filter the light of day (through ornate skylights of course). Feast your eyes on unmatched residential eye candy. Then, might we suggest, move on to turkey.
Location: Beverly Hills, Calif.
Price: $54.95 million
Sq. Ft.: 6,377
This carriage house, known as "Green Acres," doesn't deliver as many square feet as your typical uber-luxury home. But what it lacks in size, it makes up for with in lush tree-filled surroundings, gorgeous landscaping and extravagant interior. It has staff quarters, a private motor courtyard, eight stables, a guesthouse, pool house and gardens.
Located: Beverly Hills, Calif.
Price: $55 million
Sq. Ft.: 27,163
Though it has an old-world feel, this home has only been around since 2003. Sitting on 2.17 acres of coveted Beverly Hills real estate, the Mediterranean offers a 20-car garage and private tennis courts.
With its spires, this stunning estate resembles a castle more than a colonial (the home's listed style). Offering mountain views, the home is shielded by a ring of trees on its perimeter that also encircles its massive pool and tennis court.
Location: Indian Creek Village, Fla.
Price: $60 million
Sq. Ft.: 30,000
According to the home's listing, this mansion is the most expensive home in Miami. The certified-green home (it's making up for all the carbon dioxide used to build it) boasts light-filtering louvered walls, a gourmet kitchen, a "servant room," and 100-foot resort pool.
Location: Palm Beach, Fla.
Price: $74 million
Sq. Ft.: 27,355
The second-most-expensive house on "billionaires' row" in Palm Beach, Fla., this $74 million mega-mansion shamelessly pursues a level of extravagance matched only by its proletariat-galling inspiration: the French chateau.
The home includes a 4,000-square-foot master suite, eight bedrooms, a French kitchen (with an office for one of your prouder chefs), an art foyer and a 3,000-bottle bar. Pictured here is the home's lavish pavilion.
Location: New York
Price: $90 million
Sq. Ft.: 18,000
Built by retail chain magnate Frank Woolworth, the "Woolworth Mansion" is currently Manhattan's most expensive listing. Behind its limestone facade, this neo-French Renaissance home on Fifth Avenue has a grand foyer, floor-to-ceiling windows, a dining room that can fit 50 guests and an expansive library.
See more about the history of this famous mansion by viewing the listing.
Decorated with extravagant finishes, other highlights include multiple kitchens, offices and fireplaces. There appear to be seven floors in total. Yup.
This unfinished chateau, not-so-discreetly-nicknamed Versailles, boasts an outrageous 90,000 square feet -- well, when it's completed it will -- and sits on 10 waterfront acres of a gated community. The massive project includes plans for 10 kitchens... What?
Moving on, there are also 13 bedrooms and 23 bathrooms along with a 20-car garage, a bowling alley and an indoor roller rink.
A previous AOL Real Estate item on the home tells us that the mansion is the brainchild of real estate tycoon David Siegel, owner of the largest privately held time-share company in America. Siegel froze construction on the home when his company, Westgate, began to suffer in the economic downturn.
Location: Bel Air, Calif.
Price: $125 million
Sq. Ft.: N/A (but probably more than enough)
Topping our list, is this chateau-style estate that sits on four palatially-landscaped acres in the Bel-Air district of Los Angeles. The gated home offers a giant pool, 12 bedrooms, 15 bathrooms and exquisite interior details.