NHL Defenseman Jack Johnson Selling His SoCal Home
In Manhattan Village, a gated community less than three miles from Manhattan Beach in Southern California, there’s a nice townhome for sale, ideal for a single family. But the reason for the sale is a story of family dysfunction.
Jack Johnson, a defenseman for the Columbus Blue Jackets of the NHL, is selling the townhouse—which he bought in 2007 when he played for the Los Angeles Kings. Due to his parents’ mismanagement of his money, Johnson filed for bankruptcy in October, and he is asking $1.65 million for the townhouse, listed by Andrew Mortaza.
According to a report by the Columbus Dispatch in Ohio, Johnson’s parents used their son’s money for themselves without his knowledge: They bought expensive cars, travelled and took out high-interest loans. Eventually, the parents defaulted on the loans, and since Johnson is responsible for the debt, he has been sued several times.
Early in his career, Johnson made a modest salary by NHL standards, but in 2011, he signed a seven-year contract worth $30.5 million. His parents, who had full power of attorney to control Johnson’s finances, borrowed $15 million in total against Johnson’s future earnings.
But don’t let this sordid backstory affect your opinion of the home: It’s located in an exclusive gated community near a shopping mall filled with top-tier retailers and is a short drive away from the beach.
Johnson bought the property from former Los Angeles Lakers small forward Luke Walton: a 1,752-square-foot home with three bedrooms and three bathrooms—the perfect first place for someone starting his career as a professional athlete in the City of Angels.
Built in 1983, the two-story townhouse has undergone several recent improvements. The flooring was replaced with reclaimed wide-plank milled boards, which gives the home a sophisticated rustic feel. The kitchen also is new, with reliable Viking appliances, attractive granite counters and wood grain cabinets to complement the floor.
In addition, the master bathroom was renovated so multiple people can use it at the same time with ease—not only is there a dual vanity, but there is a four-person steam shower, too.
The home also features broken-glass fireplaces, an alarm and tankless water heaters. The open floor plan with the kitchen and living room is great for entertaining, and guests can watch movies and enjoy the built-in surround sound system—or sit in the sunlit patio while cooking on the installed gas grill.
As part of a gated community, a new owner would feel safe and secure as a guard protects the grounds. There’s also a community pool available for use.
Johnson’s career in the NHL started in 2007 with the Los Angeles Kings. In 2012, a year after he signed his contract extension, he was traded to the Blue Jackets. Through the 2013-2014 season, Johnson had NHL totals of 44 goals, 146 assists and 331 penalty minutes. He played college hockey at the University of Michigan.
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