In this, the latest verse of the endless ballad of Allen Iverson and the town of his youth, the NBA-player's former mansion on Chateau Lane in Villanova has finally sold, again, for the price of $2.19 million. Here is a brief history of the 14,000-square-foot property, one-time abode of Philly's native son: the star, the anti-hero, the MVP, the failed real estate tycoon.
· 2003: Allen Iverson buys the 9-bedroom manse for a cool $5 million.
· 2006: AI goes to Denver. Philly isn't quite sure what we feel about that.
· 2007: AI lists the house at $6.3 million.
· 2008: *collective laughter*
· 2009: Triumphant return to Philly; House does not budge.
· 2010: House sold! Saladworks CEO John Scardapone snatches up the estate for $2.6 million measly dollars.
· 2011: AI goes to Turkey, scores 15 points in 23 minutes, but that doesn't matter and the team still loses. AI throws in his hat after 10 games and moves home.
· 2012: [*lawnmowers humming in the distance*]
· 2013: Allen Iverson announces his retirement from the NBA, but announces he would always be a Sixer "until I die." Scardapone is done, too: with the Iverson Estate. He lists it for $3,295,000.
· 2014: ...crickets...
· 2015: SOLD! This time, to Joshua and Noelle Burg for $2.19 million.
Here are some details about the house, in case you still don't remember from the last three dozen times this house has been written up in the press: the estate is accessed through a private lane, and has nine bedrooms, nine and a half baths, a saltwater swimming pool, a guest apartment with its own kitchen, living room, and bedroom, and a two-story reception hall with heated marble floors.