So, the purple-and-gold carpool is complete: Kobe Bryant will drive from whichever Newport Coast estate his wife Vanessa is allowing him to stay in over to Dwight Howard's supposed Newport Coast estate, pick up the Lakers new superstar center and then cruise over to John Wayne Airport.
They'll then board a private helicopter bound for practice in Los Angeles, after first flying over the 5 freeway to see how bad the traffic Lakers coach and Anaheim Hills resident Mike Brown is stuck in.
Depending on how much of a task master Brown is to his four superstar starters (when you add in Steve Nash and Pau Gasol), or how much of a mood Kobe's knees are in for wind sprints, they'll decide whether to lower the towing magnet down from the helicopter.
This fantasy sequence is brought to you by those infamous informed sources, who claim Howard just plunked down $20 million for a Newport Coast home before even putting his Orlando pad on the market yet. Guess things aren't tough all over.
But Michael Franco of Newport Coast Real Estate warns this is just a rumor–before zeroing in on the likely address:
The various media reports shows an image of the home that Dwight Howard
is allegedly buying. The home is located in the Pelican
Crest gated community and is a newer construction home that was reported
in theOC Register article
dated 2/1/2011. According to the article, the home is a 3 story Santa
Barbara style home with 6 bedrooms, 11 baths, private pool, 5 car garage
and a reported 14,500 square feet of living space. The home sits at top
of the hill side at the bottom of the community and has unobstructed
views of the Pelican Hill Resort, Golf Course with stunning ocean and
coastline views looking towards LA. This is the newer section of Pelican
Crest with very large estate homes being built. Pelican Crest community
is a luxury community in Newport Coast where homes start at a mere $5
million dollars and sits directly above the Pelican Hill Resort and Spa.
This posh neighborhood has had home reported sales as high
as $19,777,777 dollars and is considered one of the most expensive
communities in Newport Coast.
This must be the place:
The neighbors are too close for my blood. Well, if I had $20 million blood. And what's with all the cars on the street? Is an Irvine banker out of town, and his son throwing a kegger?
Speaking of the Newport Coast homes of NBA superstars, New York Magazine readers got a look inside one or three of Kobe's up there on Snob Hill, or at least what you could see of it around the oh-so-curvy Mrs. (who does look dazzling in the red evening gown). That's, of course, the same place where Vanessa revealed her man had better get her a new ring.
“. . . If you liked it then you'd better put a championship ring on it . . .”
Matt Coker has been engaging, enraging and entertaining readers of newspapers, magazines and websites for decades. He spent the first 13 years of his career in journalism at daily newspapers before “graduating” to OC Weekly in 1995 as the paper’s first calendar editor. He went on to be managing editor, executive editor and is now senior staff writer.