The South Bay, with its low-key atmosphere and sought-after beachfront, has been attracting athletes since the 1980s, when the Joe Montana-led
Montana, Rambis and Sax each called L.A.'s beach cities home during those championship years. The
In the South Bay, Manhattan Beach and Hermosa Beach have been some of the most popular spots, particularly among the reigning
"There is a high congregation of hockey players in the South Bay, Manhattan Beach in particular," said Kofi Natei Nartey, director of the sports and entertainment division at the Agency. "But you also see a lot of out-of-state players who want to live here and train in more favorable conditions."
Diana Taurasi, the former
In Calabasas, there's a different vibe — and it's not just reserved for the
"A lot of athletes, particularly those with families, are attracted to the peaceful, gated lifestyle," said Nartey, who has worked with WNBA star Candace Parker, former
It's also an area where someone can get more bang for their buck, said Nartey, whose clients, many of whom are originally from the Midwest, are accustomed to larger properties.
Whereas homes were once looked at as merely trophies, many sports figures see real estate as a way to build and diversify their portfolios.
"There is a shift taking place among athletes in that there is a desire to build wealth as opposed to just getting rich," Nartey said.