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That home Kobe Bryant nearly bought is up for sale, and it has a pirate ship

In 2001, a 22-year-old Kobe Bryant backed out of escrow on this theme-park-like estate in Coto de Caza.

In 2001, a 22-year-old Kobe Bryant backed out of escrow on this theme-park-like estate in Coto de Caza.

(Andrew Bramasco | Inset: Los Angeles Times)

A sprawling Orange County estate with a private lagoon, a replica pirate ship and a connection to Lakers star Kobe Bryant is on the market for $10.995 million.

Fifteen years ago, following his third all-star season and second NBA title, a 22-year-old Bryant and his new bride, Vanessa, were under contract to buy the 9.5-acre property in Coto de Caza, then listed for $13.5 million.

The Bryants, citing “business issues” and privacy concerns, backed out of escrow on the property and eventually swung a deal later that year for a $4-million home in Newport Beach, according to a 2001 story in The Times.

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Now up for sale, the 14,000-square-foot home is prime for entertaining with a home theater, a lounge and a billiard room with a hand-rubbed wood-and-copper ceiling. A full-house surround sound system pipes in tunes to each of the nine bedrooms and 12 bathrooms.

Outdoors, grounds resembling those of a theme park feature meandering pathways leading to attractions such as a lookout tower, an entertainer’s pavilion and a private lake.

A half-scale replica pirate ship complete with cannons and an enterable cabin sits anchored in the lagoon-style swimming pool. Waterfalls, slides and swim-in caves complete the water-park-like experience.

Lyn Chadwick of Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices holds the current listing.

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Bryant has made his fair share of real estate headlines over the years, with purchases in Pacific Palisades and, later, the O.C. area. Last year, he set a price record with the $6.12-million sale of his mansion in a gated Newport Coast enclave, The Times reported.

He owns other property in Newport Coast.

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