Vanessa and Kobe Bryant may have called off their split, but their home that she got as part of her divorce settlement is hers no more. The basketball wife has closed on her 6,000-square-foot home for $3.22 million -- a nice chunk of cash, eh? The house is beautiful, with five bedrooms, balconies, a spa, an outdoor kitchen, a perfect home office, and -- count 'em -- FIVE fireplaces. Sounds perfect, doesn't it? And hey -- now she has $3 million in her pocket AND her husband.
Sure, Kobe and Vanessa are trying to make this work, but this scenario brings up an important question: If you were no longer with your partner and you ended up with the home you shared together -- would you keep it or sell it? Personally I think there's only one clear choice, and that's to put it on the market.
A very good friend of mine is in the middle of a divorce right now. Amidst all of the chaos, he's the one who's holding onto the home that he and his wife shared together. The space is absolutely beautiful, complete with beachy accessories, and it looks like something straight out of a Pottery Barn catalogue.
Even with all of its beauty, though, I just don't know if keeping it is healthy. Like the Bryants, they had tons of memories in their own home. Sure, as an individual you can make new ones in the space, but regardless, the foundations of what's there will always have hints of her. Everyone deserves happiness. I truly believe that being happy after a rough breakup means starting fresh. Believe me, there will be another beautiful house.
Have you ever kept a property you and an ex lived in together? Do you think it's a good idea?
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