Celebrity Homes: Tour Inside Amar’e and Alexis Florida Home – When professional basketball player and six-time All-Star Amar’e Stoudemire and his wife, Alexis, began to search for a new family home in South Florida, it wasn’t style or even exact location that was their top priority. It was more about size, which is not surprising for a man who at six-foot-ten dwarfs most people, furniture and, most importantly, spaces.
“We just wanted a nice family-style home with no stairs,” says Alexis, “basically a sanctuary for us to get away from everything.” They found that in a 12,000-square-foot home in Southwest Ranches, 15 miles outside of Ft. Lauderdale. Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson is a neighbor. But what appealed most to Amar’e: The sky-high, ten-foot doorways; expansive wall spaces; and palatial, ultra-high ceilings.
Another important attribute: efficiency. They didn’t want to renovate but rather move themselves and their four kids in quickly. From what was available, they decided upon their favorite turnkey option. Still, there was work to be done to turn the house into a home. With a referral from Kobe Bryant’s wife, Vanessa, they found the perfect person for the job: Lori Halprin, who is accustomed to working with athletes who want near-instant gratification despite needing to order almost all custom furniture because of their typically extra-large sizes. “I understand their lifestyle and know what they’re looking for,” says Halprin, the proprietor of Envision Fine Furnishings, who makes all her furniture custom in Los Angeles. “Often it’s the first time they’ve fit in a bed they didn’t dangle off, or sit in a sofa that actually accommodated their tall frame. I know how to make it comfortable for the rest of the family, too.”
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