A-LISTING: Inside Michael Phelp’s Gorgeous, Brand New Arizona Mansion
August 24 / Tanya Ray Fox / SportsGrid
Michael Phelps just came off his fifth and final Olympic Games, and now the 23-time gold medalist can finally take some time to relax in the brand new home that he bought back in December. And I'd say that the $2.5 million, 6,010-square-foot mansion is definitely worthy of housing the unprecedented amount of Olympic bling that Phelps has accumulated over the last sixteen years.
The 5-bedroom, 6.5-bathroom pad is located in the swanky Scottsdale neighborhood of Paradise Valley; aka, the place where all the rich people live. Unlike many over-the-top celebrity mansions that feature a lot of ornate furnishings, dark woods and grandiose staircases, Phelp's sprawling home is bright, sparkling, clean and modern.
And as hard as it may be to believe, $2.5 million is a fairly modestly price for a superstar the likes of Phelps. Although that's clearly the upside to buying a mansion in the middle of the desert rather than a place with say, ocean; or any bodies of water in general. But what it does offer is backyard views of the Camelback mountains and, you guessed it, the most beautiful pool I have ever seen.
Open kitchen with skylights, large island/breakfast bar, custom lighting and views of the pool
Sitting room with fireplace
Open layout dining area and living room, with fireplace
Master bedroom with hardwood floors, fireplace and exposed beams
Master bathroom with marble tile, two separate vanities, a chandelier, shower and free-standing bathtub
But of course it's the expansive backyard area featuring the resort-style pool and adjoining hot tub that is the centerpiece of the property. The backyard also includes a garden area with a fountain, and a covered patio with yet another fireplace. Yes that's four fireplaces total.
Who knew it got so cold in the mountains of Arizona?