The Bryant family moved to suburban Philadelphia in 1991, when the late basketball star was 13

By Hannah Chubb
September 03, 2020 05:50 PM
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Credit: Powelton Digital for Compass

The late Kobe Bryant’s childhood home outside Philadelphia is for sale for the first time since his parents sold it in 2008.   

The NBA legend, who tragically died in a helicopter crash in January, spent much of his childhood abroad in Rieti, Italy, where his dad was playing professional basketball, but moved back to the U.S. when he was 13. When the family relocated to Wynnewood, Pennsylvania, they moved into this Colonial-style house where Kobe spent his middle and high school years. 

The home is now on the market asking $899,900, PEOPLE can confirm, and is listed with TJ Sokso of Compass.

Credit: Powelton Digital for Compass
Credit: Powelton Digital for Compass

The 3,000-square-foot home has five bedrooms and three and a half bathrooms. Inside, there's a spacious office and a large living room that leads into a formal dining room.

But the most intriguing feature for Kobe fans is the backyard, which still features the original basketball hoop that the legendary athlete practiced on growing up. 

Credit: Powelton Digital for Compass
Credit: Powelton Digital for Compass

The backyard is accessible through the kitchen — which features a breakfast nook and granite countertops — as well as the lower level den, complete with a fireplace. The outdoor area has been updated with AstroTurf, which surrounds a patio for outdoor dining.

Credit: Powelton Digital for Compass
Credit: Powelton Digital for Compass
Credit: Powelton Digital for Compass

The seller, Kate Bayer, who purchased the property from the Bryant family around 12 years ago, says she is honored to have lived in the home.

"When we moved in, everyone  — and I mean everyone — asked, ‘do you know who lived there?’ she recalls. “They were excited. The mailman, trash collectors, every neighbor... people walking down the street.”  

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Bryant died on Jan. 26 in a helicopter crash that also killed his 13-year-old daughter, Gianna, and seven others — Payton Chester, 13, Sarah Chester, 46, Alyssa Altobelli, 14, Keri Altobelli, 46, John Altobelli, 56, Christina Mauser, 38, and pilot Ara Zobayan, 50. 

He is survived by his wife, Vanessa, 38, and daughters Natalia, 17, Bianka, 3, and Capri, 1. 

The basketball legend played for the Lakers for his entire 20-year career. He made his debut with the team in 1996 after being drafted out of high school. 

Credit: Kobe Bryant/Instagram

The Lakers commemorated "Kobe Bryant Day" on Aug. 24, a date that features the two jersey numbers (8 and 24) that the late star wore during his career.

That same day, Los Angeles City Councilperson Herb J. Wesson Jr. revealed on Twitter that a section of the roadway outside of the Staples Center — the Lakers’ home arena — will be renamed Kobe Bryant Boulevard. The politician said the tribute will inspire citizens to live by the late NBA star's "Mamba mentality."