Former Lion's Birmingham house is a piece of California livin'
Running back Reggie Bush may no longer play for the Detroit Lions, but a little piece of his California style will stay in Oakland County.
The former Lion, who was cut from the team in February, is selling his 8,000-square-foot Birmingham home and it will be sold fully furnished with sleek, modern furniture that blends seamlessly with the house's architecture and contemporary style.
The house — located just east of Woodward, within walking distance to a nature preserve — features a spacious great room with floor-to-ceiling windows that overlook an in-ground pool, a sophisticated first floor master suite, a theater room, a lower level lounge area and a three-car garage.
Bought by Bush in 2013, the house — which will be listed this week for $2.49 million — was decorated by Jeffrey King Interiors in Birmingham. King brought the house to life, says Realtor Eddie Mallad of Re/Max Team 2000 in Dearborn.
"The home was transformed into a show piece," says Mallad.
Bush, who signed a one-year deal with the San Francisco 49ers in March, says he was drawn to the house's contemporary style.
That style "was something that I did not see very much of in my search, and that was what I was looking for," he says in an email.
The house, which has a limestone exterior — red Japanese maples flank both sides of the front porch — features a mix of materials, including black granite, oak, metal, and glass. Large windows span the entire back of the house, providing beautiful views of the private backyard and pool.
The first floor opens immediately to the great room, which includes a formal dining area and bar. The walls are covered in a linen wallpaper, which contrasts nicely with the modern black leather furniture, including two Barcelona chairs. In one corner is a black grand piano.
Off each side of the great room is a spacious kitchen with black granite and stainless steel appliances on one side and a large master suite on the other. The master suite includes a large bathroom with skylight and jacuzzi tub, along with his and hers closets. Both the kitchen and master suite have balconies that overlook the pool.
Bush says his favorite part of the house was the great room and the large windows.
Upstairs are two fully furnished bedrooms, one of which was used as a nursery for Bush's young daughter. Animal tiles add a touch of playfulness to the bathroom just off the nursery.
Oak stairs with a sleek railing lead to the completely finished walkout lower level, which includes a large family room with a sectional and flat screen TV perfect for football Sundays, bar area, workout room and two more fully furnished guest bedrooms.
More than 13 framed football jerseys, signed by some of the game's greatest athletes including former Detroit Lion Barry Sanders, still hang on the walls, but they will not be included in the sale.
Floor-to-ceiling windows also span the entire side of the house on the 4,500-square-foot lower level, which walks out to the pool.
Built in 1998 for a Birmingham business owner, the house went through a short sale around 2012, says Mallad.
"At that point, it was in need of some work," says Mallad, who says the owners before Bush updated the floors, hardware and appliances among other things.
But the house needed to be warmed up, says Bush, who bought it for $1.8 million. He turned to King to help make that happen.
"I just told him a bit about me and what I had in mind and he did the rest," says Bush, who also has a home in the Pacific Palisades area of Los Angeles. "When I bought the home, it was great but it needed to be warmed up a little more."
King added wall coverings to nearly every room, from grasscloth in the bathrooms to a faux animal print in the master suite, and sleek, but timeless furniture.
"If you would've walked in two years ago, it's night and day," says Mallad, Bush's Realtor. "It was so bare."
Bush has incredible taste, says Mallad, and the house reflects that.
"I like to think of this house as a little of the Hollywood Hills brought to Birmingham," says Mallad.