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Kobe Bryant sets price record with Newport Coast home sale

.@Lakers Kobe Bryant sells Newport Coast home for about $6.12 million

Kobe Bryant is finding new ways to add records to his storied career.

The Los Angeles Lakers guard on Friday sold his home in the Pelican Ridge area for $6,116,500, Multiple Listing Service records show, the highest price ever paid for a home in the Newport Coast enclave. The sale bests the previous high-water mark set by an 8,000-square-foot home that sold for $4.78 million in 2013, according to property records.

Bryant, who bought the home from sports agent Dwight Manley in 2001, originally asked as much as $8.599 million for the 8,741-square home in 2013. More recently, it was priced at $6.45 million.

Built in Mediterranean style in 1997, the house was recently renovated and expanded and has walnut floors, limestone, stone pillars and detailed molding throughout. Two stories of living space take in unobstructed ocean and city views.

Among custom highlights is an 850-square-foot gym, a hair salon and a wood-paneled office with a built-in shark tank. A home theater is outfitted with a lobby entrance, stadium seating and a wet bar. There are four bedrooms and 5.5 bathrooms, including a master suite with a private sitting room, a newly added walk-in closet and a marble-lined bath.

Outdoors, landscaped grounds contain a pool and spa with waterfall features, a fire pit and an outdoor kitchen.

Jordan Cohen of Re/Max Olson & Associates was the listing agent, according to the Multiple Listing Service. Marcy Weinstein and Rex McKown of Surterre Properties represented the buyer in the sale.

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