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NBA star's magnificent Woodlands mansion is sold for much less than asking price

NBA star's Woodlands mansion is sold for much less than asking price

Avery Johnson mansion for sale The Woodlands Spring June 2013 front exterior night
Avery Johnson's former 14,000 square foot home sits on two acres in the Carlton Woods section of The Woodlands. Houston Association of Realtors
Avery Johnson mansion for sale The Woodlands Spring June 2013 living room with fireplace
The two-story high living room offers views from the front door the pool and gardens beyond. Houston Association of Realtors
Avery Johnson mansion for sale The Woodlands Spring June 2013 dining room
The formal dining room shares a fireplace with the living room. Houston Association of Realtors
Avery Johnson mansion for sale The Woodlands Spring June 2013 kitchen
Cassandra Johnson's love of cooking is reflected in the kitchen where copper reigns. Houston Association of Realtors
Avery Johnson library
The beautifully-paneled  two-story library opens into the living room. Houston Association of Realtors
Avery Johnson mansion for sale The Woodlands Spring June 2013 master bedroom
The spacious master bedroom features elaborate architectural details. Houston Association of Realtors
Avery Johnson mansion Spring master bedroom sitting area
The master bedroom sitting area is beyond luxurious. Houston Association of Realtors
Avery Johnson mansion for sale The Woodlands Spring June 2013 master bath
The master bath features a circular spa tub flanked by four marble columns and lighted by Venetian glass chandelier.  Houston Association of Realtors
Avery Johnson mansion for sale The Woodlands Spring June 2013 swimming pool
The resort-style swimming pool features two levels and five fountains. Houston Association of Realtors
Avery Johnson mansion for sale The Woodlands Spring June 2013 back exterior night
An expanse of grass and then large plantings provide privacy from the action on the 17th hole. Houston Association of Realtors
Avery Johnson mansion for sale The Woodlands Spring June 2013 front exterior night
Avery Johnson mansion for sale The Woodlands Spring June 2013 living room with fireplace
Avery Johnson mansion for sale The Woodlands Spring June 2013 dining room
Avery Johnson mansion for sale The Woodlands Spring June 2013 kitchen
Avery Johnson library
Avery Johnson mansion for sale The Woodlands Spring June 2013 master bedroom
Avery Johnson mansion Spring master bedroom sitting area
Avery Johnson mansion for sale The Woodlands Spring June 2013 master bath
Avery Johnson mansion for sale The Woodlands Spring June 2013 swimming pool
Avery Johnson mansion for sale The Woodlands Spring June 2013 back exterior night

Former NBA star and coach Avery Johnson has sold his mansion in The Woodlands for $6.1 million, down from the initial listing almost a year ago of nearly $9 million, according to a report in the Los Angeles Times.

In June, CultureMap featured Johnson's Mediterranean-influenced home in its On the Market series of interesting houses and properties for sale in Houston and beyond.

Located at 34 Grand Colonial Drive in Carlton Woods, Johnson's former 14,000-square-foot estate boasts a soaring two-story-high entry hall that leads to the open-plan living room, oversized fireplaces, climate-controlled wine room and chef's kitchen. A game room, media area with leather seating for 10, sumptuous master suite and bath, exercise room and seven bedrooms and 10 bathrooms were part of the posh package.

The home, built on the 17th hole of the Jack Nicklaus Signature Golf Course, includes a resort-style terrace and swimming pool with five fountains. Two garages (one connected to the house, the other freestanding) hold five cars and the freestanding garage is topped by guest quarters. 

And of course, a full basketball/sport court was part of the deal.

"I put together a whole portfolio of ideas and pictures that we had of places we had liked," Cassandra Johnson, Avery's wife, told CultureMap last year. "We described everything we wanted and everything we had seen that we liked."

The project took 3 1/2 years with the family taking up residence in 2008.

Johnson made his NBA debut in 1988 with the former Seattle SuperSonics and eventually played for six different teams, including the Houston Rockets in 1992. He was a member of the 1999 NBA Champion San Antonio Spurs, where he earned the nickname "The Little General" for his 5-foot, 11-inch stature, leadership skills and close friendship with retired Spurs center David "The Admiral" Robinson.

The hoops star-turned-coach took the Dallas Mavericks to the 2006 Western Conference Championship, the same season he was named NBA Coach of the Year.