LeBron James building mega-mansion

March 27, 2007 at 3:21 PM
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BATH, Ohio, March 27 (UPI) -- Cleveland Cavaliers forward LeBron James is building himself a 35,000-square-foot home with everything and then some, including a casino and aquarium.

The house, now under construction in Bath, Ohio, a small town next to Akron and about 20 miles south of Cleveland, will also have a two-lane bowling alley, six-car garage, sports bar, barber shop, recording studio and a two-story walk-in closet off the master bedroom, WEWS-TV, Cleveland, reported.

Some of the 19 families living within 800 feet of James' palace are reportedly wondering why he decided to build in a residential neighborhood instead of buying himself more land out in the country. Bob Dyer of the Akron Beacon-Journal told the TV station that neighbors are "scratching their heads" but James, through a spokesman, said he wanted to be close to family and friends.

James, 22, grew up in Akron, where he was a star at St. Vincent-St. Mary High School. He went straight to the NBA and this year became the youngest player in league history to pass the 8,000-point mark.

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