Bill Russell Leaves His $2.6 Million Home, Leaves a Heartening Gift for Future Owners

Published 08/20/2021, 11:56 PM EDT
Feb 17, 2018; Los Angeles, CA, USA; Former NBA player Bill Russell attends the Commissioner Press Conference at the NBA All Star Games at Staples Center. Mandatory Credit: Richard Mackson-USA TODAY Sports


NBA legend Bill Russell will be parting ways with his home on Mercer Island. Russell remains the NBA star with the maximum number of NBA championships, a record most consider unbreakable now. Russell, featuring in 13 NBA seasons–all with the Boston Celtics, dominated the league and claimed a whopping 11 rings.

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The house on sale belonged to Russell for five decades and he lived there for most of his life. Apart from the memories of his abode, he will also be leaving the new occupants a trophy case and an autographed ball. As per Puget Sound Business Journal, the listing for the house belongs to Eddie Chang – Realogics Sotheby’s International Realty Managing broker.

How much is Bill Russell selling his home for?

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While talking to Business Journal via email, Russell spoke about his house, revealing that it was not built for him. The legend said, “I was offered the head coaching job with the Sonics in 1974. When I took the job I was a single parent and chose Mercer Island because it had the best schools in the Pacific Northwest.”

He was looking for the house next door, but as it was not private enough, he bought the current house. Not only did he buy the house, but he also purchased the lots above it for privacy. He sold them a few years ago, but the privacy was maintained.

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The house is 4,250-square-feet and is described as a classic mid-century modern house. It has four bedrooms and four bathrooms. The kitchen is completely equipped. To add to it, there is also a four-car garage. If that was not enough, the new residents will get an invaluable piece of Russell’s memorabilia.

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“I have left behind my trophy case and an autographed ball for the next owner, and I hope they enjoy the home as much as I have over the last almost 50 years.”

The NBA icon agreed that he would miss the quiet, privacy, and mostly his hot tub and lake view. “We will be staying in the area, we really appreciate the summers here. They are hard to beat.” 

PHOENIX – FEBRUARY 14: NBA legend Bill Russell sits courtside at NBA All-Star Saturday Night, part of 2009 NBA All-Star Weekend at US Airways Center on February 14, 2009 in Phoenix, Arizona. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. (Photo by Kevork Djansezian/Getty Images)

A look at Russell’s illustrious NBA career

Russell played 13 seasons in the NBA, all with the Celtics. He played 963 games, averaging 15.1 points, 22.5 rebounds, and 4.3 assists while shooting 44 percent from the field.

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While he has the record for most NBA titles, he also has five NBA MVP awards and 12 All-Star games in his bag. He was inducted into the Hall of Fame in 1975 as a player, and as a coach later on.

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