As Seattle finalized a plan for a Key Arena remodel with the potential to bring a men’s NBA team back to Seattle, the Bellevue estate that former Seattle Supersonics point guard Gary Payton bought in 1997 came on the market. While it’s been out of Payton’s hands since 2011, very little has changed between then and now, aside from the addition of a pool house. One relic of the NBA All-Star Team alum’s time on the property is a party pad in the main house dubbed “Payton’s Place.”
First, to answer what’s likely an obvious question: Yes, the listing includes photos of Payton’s former basketball court, emblazoned with his initials on the sidelines. In fact, the well-manicured three acre grounds include a few different sports courts, plus a putting green, a pool, a hot tub, a wraparound patio, a waterfall, and lawns for relaxing after a game of one-on-one—and that’s just the outside.
The main house, built in 1992, boasts more than 9,000 square feet of space, which includes a whopping seven bedrooms—plus, naturally, plenty of gathering space separated by ornamented arches and cased openings. In true 1990s style, it opens to a cathedral ceiling and a large staircase. Hang a left to a living area with an ornately manteled fireplace, cascading into an ultra-formal dining area with its own terrace with sweeping forest views. A sprawling kitchen provides multiple eat-in options.
On the other side, though, it’s party time. Announced by an imposingly decorated set of French doors emblazoned with “Payton’s Place” (in Algerian font, no less, because it was the 1990s), this L-shaped pad-within-a-home has a plush home theater, a poker table, a pool table, and a fireplace one end and a pole on the other, separated in the middle by a giant wet bar with multiple fridges and a wine rack. Multiple disco balls hang from the ceiling.
The party doesn’t stop inside Payton’s Place, though—a high-ceilinged den with yet another fireplace opens to an outdoor bar and grill, lined in brick, brings it all outside, complete with a TV for outdoor viewing.
Upstairs, find several bedrooms with their own amenities, including a master with a descending TV, and a second, more informal kitchen and dining area that’s still larger than many houses have.
This piece of b-ball history is on the market for $6.7 million.