LeBron James Lures Miami Millionaires Into Buying Crazy-Expensive Cribs
|Who wouldn't want this guy as their neighbor?|
Wright and his wife dropped $4.2 million on the penthouse atop the luxury Marquis skyscraper -- three blocks from American Airlines Arena -- the same day LeBron announced his decision.
That's the most spent on any downtown apartment so far this year, according to Alejandra Serna, a publicist representing the Marquis.
"Obviously, the Miami Heat stadium being near was a big part of our decision," says Wright, whose high-tech company, Sentel, helps detect undocumented immigrants crossing the border. Nonetheless, he swears he didn't have any top-secret info about LeBron's announcement. "I figured that in the best-case scenario, LeBron, Dwyane Wade, and Chris Bosh come together to make history right outside my house," he says. "Worst-case scenario: I'm a couple of blocks away from the stadium."
|Rumor has it LeBron built the Marquis, all by himself, when he was 12.|
Edgardo Defortuna, head of Fortune International Realty, says the LeBron effect is real but hard to quantify. He says 49 units at Icon Brickell have sold since LeBron's announcement, and July sales for downtown were nearly double the number in June. "I've had friends from South America call and tell me they'll buy an apartment," he says, "but only if I can find them Heat tickets first."
Now if LeBron can just do something about the rest of South Florida.