Inside Kobe Bryant’s Childhood Home for Sale with Basketball Set

Kobe Bryant childhood home put up for sale complete with basketball hoop

Kobe Bryant’s childhood home in the suburbs of Philadelphia has gone on the market.

The Colonial-style home has been listed by local real estate agent Compass for $899,900 (£698,900/€759,330).

The double Olympic gold medallist, who was killed in a helicopter accident earlier this year, lived there as a youngster when he was first beginning to attract attention with some outstanding performances at Lower Merion High School, leading them to the Pennsylvania state championship.

Kobe Bryant's childhood home in Philadelphia has been put up for sale at $899,000 ©Compass

It was the start of a glittering career that saw him spend 20 years in the National Basketball Association (NBA) with Los Angeles Lakers.

Bryant won five NBA Championships, and was an 18-time All-Star and a 15-time member of the All-NBA Team.

He was a member of the United States teams that won Olympic gold medals at Beijing 2008 and London 2012.

Bryant and his family moved into the property in 1991 when Kobe was 13.

A link to Bryant’s legendary career is that the property still features his original basketball hoop beside the driveway.

The home includes the original basketball hoop where Kobe Bryant used to practice ©Compass

The home includes the original basketball hoop where Kobe Bryant used to practice ©Compass

“I not only took a shot, I did a little dunk,” the co-listing agent, TJ Sokso of Compass, who was also playing Pennsylvania high school basketball at the same time as Bryant, told Realtor.

“I had fun with that.

“It’s very nostalgic to be there.

“It’s a surreal feeling, actually.”

Bryant’s father, Joe, who played in the NBA for the Philadelphia 76ers, San Diego Clippers and Houston Rockets, had sold the property in 2008 for $510,000 (£396,000/€430,000) to buyers who had no idea of its link to Bryant until they completed the sale.

This is the first time it has been on the market since.

The 1957 two-storey property spans 3,400 square feet with five bedrooms and 3.5 bathrooms.

It also features a chandelier-topped dining area, a kitchen with a breakfast bar and a family room with panelled walls and a fireplace.

Bryant invested in several other properties over the years, including a Mediterranean-style home in Pacific Palisades in Los Angeles that he bought for $2.5 million (£2 million/€2.1 million) in 1999 and an ocean-view mansion in Newport Coast’s Pelican Ridge community that he sold in 2015 for $6.116 million (£4.745 million/€5.159 million), a record for the area.

Kobe Bryant moved into the childhood home in 1991 ©Compass

Kobe Bryant moved into the childhood home in 1991 ©Compass

Since his death in January, there has been a huge surge in demand for Bryant memorabilia.

Bryant apparel on Nike’s website was completely sold out less than a day after the tragic crash.

Many fans have since turned to eBay and other auction sites to purchase any Kobe-related memorabilia they can find.

Sellers on auction sites are demanding hefty sums for Bryant trading cards, autographed basketballs, jerseys and shoes.

Currently, a piece of hardwood floor signed by Bryant after his final NBA appearance in 2016 is being auctioned.

Bidding for the unique item, put up for sale online by Heritage Auctions, has so far reached $210,000 (£163,000/€177,000) but is expected to fetch a final price of at least $500,000 (£390,000/€420,000) when the hammer goes down on September 26.

When real estate agent Sokso viewed the property for the first time he discovered a rare piece of memorabilia.

“Lo and behold, in the middle of all these magazines, is a Michael Jordan [cover] Sports Illustrated addressed to Kobe Bryant in 1992,” he told Realtor.

“That right there gave me chills.”

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