Michael Redd's Secluded Estate
It is hard to find a room without a view in the 10,000-square-foot New Albany home of former Ohio State basketball player-turned-NBA professional Michael Redd and his wife Achea, a mental health advocate, author and blogger. Rooms with views are exactly what the couple wanted.
Returning to their Central Ohio roots in 2009, the Redds custom built the home over a three-year period after buying the property in 2006. They worked with architect George Acock and builder Kevin Knight to create a restful space where they would start their family and unwind from the busy demands of Michael’s career with the Milwaukee Bucks. (Redd, who is now 39, retired in 2011.)
The grand estate, inspired by Frank Lloyd Wright, sits secluded on 4.4 acres in the midst of nature and overlooking a lake. Its stone exterior, modern lines and walls of windows certainly make it unlike any other residence in town.
“What makes this property so special is that it is … unrestricted land, so you don’t have to build it according to New Albany’s Georgian standards, so that was very attractive about this area,” says Achea. But now, after a decade, the Redds and their two children are bidding a fond farewell to the home they’ve treasured as they prepare to start a new chapter and a new building project.
“The overarching theme for us was to have a resort in the woods,” says Michael of their original vision for the space, adding that the house is a compilation of designs inspired by their travels around the world. Harmoniously open to the outdoors, manicured landscaping, active wildlife and a wooded perimeter that offers beautiful views year-round, the house offers a luxe escape immediately upon entering it.
Visitors are invited in through a glass door and greeted in a sizable foyer that features marble flooring and stone columns that anchor a grand staircase. Floor-to-ceiling windows span three levels and look out over a massive swimming pool that goes to 13 feet in depth. The area is complete with various lounge spaces covered with umbrellas. Two swans swim peacefully in the lake just beyond.
The outdoor living space is expansive, featuring a built-in grill, a children’s play area, a putting green and several seating sections for relaxing when the weather’s right. Nearby, an attached, drive-through, five-car garage makes entering and exiting a breeze.
After passing through the foyer, what was once a formal sitting room now serves as Michael’s study, providing a unique vantage point to the front and back of the house, as well as a bird’s-eye view of the interior, full basketball court located on the lower level. That was his first office, he jokes.
Hanging in the space is a special display of three black-and-white photos documenting the homes Michael has lived in prior to the New Albany residence, including the modest home where he grew up in the distressed Hilltop area. (He played basketball at West High School.) The photos are a meaningful reminder about how far he’s come and what can be accomplished with determination, he says.
Nearby, a formal powder room and access to an elevator provide out-of-sight convenience. Across the entry, the home’s openness continues into the dining room, which is surrounded by walls of windows. A table with seating for eight is next to a blue accent wall that fits with the home’s calm color palette, creating an atmosphere that feels sophisticated yet relaxed.
Opposite that wall, the kitchen was part of a series of renovations done in the home in 2017 by Travis Ketron and features new appliances, a coffee nook and a sitting area. Mixing style and function, the revamped space is configured around an L-shaped island with a sink, two dishwashers, a warming drawer and plenty of storage. A centralized table and a vibrant green banquette is the perfect place to gather for family meals.
In the adjoining, two-story family room, a sectional fit for a crowd wraps around a modern gas fireplace. An aquarium built into the wall is one of the Redds’ favorite elements in the home. “I always wanted one as a kid,” says Michael, adding that they also hope to have one in their next home. “I just love the colorful fish that we have in there and the vibe. It matches this resortlike feel.”
The home’s lower level flourishes with entertainment spaces, ranging from a game room with a convenient kitchenette to a recently renovated home theater designed to optimize relaxation with serene colors and comfortable seating. A spacious guest bedroom provides direct access to the outdoor pool.
“I didn’t want to leave the house with our two small kids,” says Michael of their early days in the residence, “so I wanted to stay here as much as possible to train and get ready for the season.” Along with the full-size basketball court, which currently displays all of the jerseys from Michael’s seasoned career, a workout space they’ve dubbed the “Buckeye room” houses various exercise equipment. While a basketball court might not be an ideal amenity for every buyer, notes Achea, it converts well for hosting large events or as play space for kids during the cold winter months, among other possibilities.
Additional highlights on the lower level include various access points to the backyard, a playroom, a spa with an attached full bath and Michael’s cozy “man cave” filled with cherished memorabilia, special photos and an encasement showing his 2008 Olympic gold medal—which he describes as the zenith of his career. A hallway of jerseys autographed and given to Michael by his friends and top players in the NBA, as well as a display of all the shoes he’s ever played in, still make the homeowners pause for a moment of awe and gratitude as they walk through the space.
With five total bedrooms—including a large master suite with a balcony—eight bathrooms, numerous entertainment spaces and a seamless connection with nature, the Redds say the home has been their oasis. Now they’ve listed it for sale at $3.25 million with New Albany Realtor Alan Hinson.
“This was an incredible process … and I think it will serve us well on the next project,” says Michael, who has founded a nonprofit with Achea and has worked as an investor for startup companies all over the world since retirement.
“We’ve made a lot of really special memories here,” adds Achea, who has written a book called “Be Free. Be You.” It is set to release this month. “We hope that a family comes in, and they can spend many years here like we have and can have memories like we have,” she says.