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NBA Finals: We Know About Bay Area Real Estate, but What About Cleveland’s?

NBA Finals: We Know About Bay Area Real Estate, but What About Cleveland’s?

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Sports fans are salivating over the matchup in this year’s NBA Finals where the Golden State Warriors will face off against the Cleveland Cavaliers.

Along with serious dominance in the NBA’s Western Conference this season, the San Francisco Bay Area continues to have its game face on when it comes to the housing market.

But because we’ve covered quite a few multimilliondollar listings in the Bay Area, we turn our attention to the (housing) underdogs in this basketball battle: Cleveland.

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Right from tipoff, we found one slam-dunk comparison that would make any buyer double dribble. For $ 800,000 in San Francisco, you can score an unrenovated two-bedroom, one-bath Victorian under 1,000 square feet. In Cleveland Heights for $ 799,000, you can move into your own 7,000-square-foot English-style manor.

While it’s not breaking news that homes are cheaper in Cleveland, we sought out a few of the coolest homes currently for sale in the city. Here are our top five picks paired with the basketball position that suits them best.

(One caveat: Some of the priciest metro listings aren’t in Cleveland proper, but are in the surrounding suburbs. Even the city’s prodigal son, LeBron James, lives in nearby Bath Township.)

Rocky River

Address: 19486 Frazier Dr, Rocky River, OH

Price: $ 5,250,000

Position: Center

This gorgeous lakefront property is the most expensive listing in the city. Hence, it’s our star center. It’s a massive contemporary home clocking in at 8,600 square feet, which is room enough for a few 7-footers. You’ll need an NBA salary to afford it.


Power Forward Penthouse

Address: 701 W Lakeside Ave Unit 1304, Cleveland, OH

Price: $ 1,685,000

Position: Power forward

Grab the rebound! This stunning two-floor apartment is a Midwest marvel. According to the listing, it’s a “New York–style” penthouse. But the generous 4,400-square-foot has a price tag that’s all Cleveland. With an open floor plan and windows that offer city and Lake Erie views, it’s a place made for entertaining.


Small Forward Party House

Address: 22744 Lake Rd, Rocky River, OH

Price: $ 2,490,000

Position: Small forward

What a score! An outdoor infinity pool is splashworthy no matter where it’s located. Think of all the celebrations you’d have at this waterfront estate. Plus, this house is equipped with a number of amenities that scream bachelor pad: a movie theater, glass walls that open to a “car collectors dream garage,” and an entertainment area with a bar.


Shooting Guard Sleek Structure

Address: 29500 Bolingbrook Rd, Pepper Pike, OH

Price: $ 1,795,000

Position: Shooting guard

This home is nothing but net. The modern layout is centered around a multilevel courtyard and Japanese-inspired tearoom. It’s just the place to unwind after an adrenaline-fueled game. Glass windows and doors maximize light and views. And for the athletically inclined, there’s an indoor lap pool, a driving range, and an exercise room with sauna in the master wing.


Point Guard Malibu Dream House

Address: 12325 Lake Shore Blvd Bratenahl OH

Price: $ 2,600,000

Position: Point guard

Flashy and in charge, this home is “Malibu living at its finest.” This all-glass, white fortress is ideal for any baller. There are no Pacific Ocean vistas here, but you get views of Lake Erie from almost every room. The pool and balconies complete the outdoor appeal. We couldn’t have diagramed it any better.

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