By Erik Gunther
Five decades after their last appearance in the Super Bowl, the Kansas City Chiefs are back. Fueled by thrilling 24-year-old quarterback Patrick Mahomes, the team has reinvigorated its long-suffering fan base.
No, it’s not as if the Chiefs have been complete rubbish over the past 50 years. They’ve made the playoffs 17 times, and even made it to the conference championship twice. But along the way, they’ve often faltered in spectacular, painful, even freakishly inexplicable ways. Now with one of the NFL’s top QBs firmly at the helm, the Chiefs are ready to set their high-octane offense loose on the San Francisco 49ers, and try to put the Kansas City Curse to rest forever.
It’s been an adrenaline-filled season for the Chiefs. So where do their players and staff park when they’re ready to relax? For that, we took a deep dive into the housing histories of a few key members of the organization. Most of the homes we found were modest by big-baller standards, but there are a few standout features — namely, Mahomes’ massive shoe closet.
As for the guy bankrolling the entire operation, he spends his downtime in a luxe mansion deep in the heart of enemy territory.
The son of the man who coined the term “Super Bowl” is ready for a return trip.
Hunt was a tot when the Kansas City Chiefs last reached the title game, in early 1970. He inherited the owner’s mantle from his father, Lamar Hunt, who founded the Chiefs in 1963. (The elder Hunt died in 2006.) The family made its fortune in oil, but it’s become inextricably linked to pro sports—especially the NFL.
But the Chiefs’ current owner actually lives smack in the middle of Cowboys country—Clark was born in Dallas, and his family keeps a home base in the city. He and his wife, Tavia, a former beauty queen, own a six-bedroom home in Dallas’ Highland Park neighborhood. Purchased for $4 million in 2000, the mansion’s value has soared over the decades. We counted seven homes currently for sale in the Highland Park area with price tags over $10 million.
And while we’re used to hearing Preston Hollow touted as the most prestigious neighborhood in Big D, Highland Park has its fair share of well-heeled residents. A 2011 Mother Jones article dubbed it “The 1 Percent’s Texas Enclave” and went on to say it was “the most enthusiastically Republican enclave in the country.” This means the chances of finding a Bernie Bro hotfooting it through Highland Park are about as likely as the Browns making the Super Bowl.
Away from the Lone Star State, the Hunt family also loves Aspen, according to Instagram:
We looked for evidence of a Hunt compound in the ritzy Colorado ski town, but we couldn’t slalom through every LLC and family trust to pin down on a particular Aspen abode.
But we do know the Hunt clan loves to entertain. For proof, we invite you to check out the owner’s suite at Arrowhead Stadium. It’s a three-level, six-bedroom getaway built inside the stadium. Fit for a billionaire, there’s a gorgeous living room and a large football-themed, stained-glass work of art. Of course, the suite opens to a view of the field from which Hunt and his guests can soak in the on-field action.
The elaborate setup takes the phrase “luxury box” and turns the volume up to 11.
Known for his offensive genius — and questionable clock management skills — Reid is getting his second shot at a Super Bowl ring. He coached the Philadelphia Eagles to Super Bowl XXXIX in 2004, but wound up losing to Tom Brady and the New England Patriots 24-21.
That loss came in the middle of his 14-season tenure with the Eagles, marked by strong regular season performance and playoff implosions. The Eagles let him go after the 2012 season, and the team won the Super Bowl in a memorable triumph five seasons later.
By then, Reid had vacated the city of Brotherly Love. He sold his Villanova, PA, home in late 2015 for $1.25 million. The sale price meant Reid took a significant sack from the original asking price of $2.3 million. The five-bedroom home had its price cut five times over two years before finally finding a buyer. Set on 1.5 acres, the Colonial was described as “a statement of comfortable, luxurious living” in the listing.
Reid wound up joining the Chiefs just five days after being axed in Philly.
He proceeded to snap up a $2.2 million mansion in Kansas City, MO, within a couple of weeks of landing the gig.
Located in the city’s Plaza neighborhood, the home Reid and his wife, Tammy, purchased just so happened to be right next door to ousted Chiefs exec Scott Pioli — part of the management team prior to Reid’s arrival. So while Pioli packed his belongings and wound up selling his Kansas City home in early 2014 for an undisclosed amount, Reid and family settled into their own beautiful four-bedroom brick home. The circle of NFL life!
The home features five fireplaces, gorgeous wood floors, a beautiful brick patio, 1,500-bottle wine cellar, and a huge media room. When it was on the market, it was described as “great for entertaining as well as day-to-day living.”
We’re sure the Reids don’t entertain much during the fall months, but the home looks like a perfectly comfy spot to spend the offseason. Best of all? It’s only about a 20-minute drive to Arrowhead Stadium, which sits about 7 miles east.
In his second full season with the Chiefs, Mahomes has ascended to All-Pro status. The rocket-armed star has also already made a few moves off the field in real estate.
After being drafted by the Chiefs in the first round of the 2017 NFL draft, the quarterback snagged a penthouse unit at Belleview Plaza for an undisclosed amount. One of only nine residences in the building, it had been listed for $475,000. The two-bedroom condo was ideal for a college star inking his first NFL contract, but doesn’t exactly befit his current status as a superstar.
So it was no surprise to see Mahomes put the condo back on the market in August 2019. Listed for $485,000, the place is still awaiting a buyer who’s willing to take the handoff from the high-flying QB.
After Mahomes vacated the condo, he purchased a spacious and contemporary home in Kansas City’s Sunset Hill neighborhood. At the time of the sale, the three-bedroom home featured a master suite measuring 1,250 square feet.
However, judging by the video tours Mahomes and girlfriend Brittany Matthews gave Bleacher Report, the couple completed a ton of upgrades before moving in.
On video, the couple discuss how they drastically remodeled the inside of the home to fit their needs. Mahomes left the decor up to Matthews and an interior designer. But he remained laser-focused on one aspect of the remodeled interior — a special shoe room designed to house his extensive sneaker collection.
While it’s called a closet, it’s more akin to the showroom floor at a well-lit shoe emporium.
The couple also assert their happiness with the home purchase and state their plan to stay in Kansas City for a long time. We’re sure Chiefs fans cheered that sentiment.
There are a few top players we didn’t spot putting down roots in Kansas City — but who know what homeownership entails. Given the peripatetic nature of an NFL player’s life (guarantees are almost nonexistent in professional football), it’s easy to understand the desire to rent rather than buy in the city where you suit up.
Take wide receiver Sammy Watkins. Only 26, the speedy wideout is already on his third NFL team. He signed a rich free-agent deal with the Chiefs in 2018, but the only evidence of homeownership we found was a place in his home state of Florida. Watkins purchased a brand-new, four-bedroom home in Winter Garden, FL, in late 2016 for $539,700.
There’s also defensive back Tyrann Mathieu. The popular Honey Badger is just 27 and he’s also on his third NFL squad. Mathieu made his initial splash in the league with the Arizona Cardinals. His ferocious and fearless play earned him All-Pro honors in 2015. Riding that success, he bought a home in Chandler, AZ, for $1.23 million in April 2017. The sands shifted, and just a year later, the Cards wanted Mathieu to take a pay cut. He refused and was released. His desert residence went on the market in July 2018, and he was able to break even with a sale price of $1,286,900.
Linebacker Anthony Hitchens also scored a home in the city where he broke into the league. The hard-hitting ‘backer made his debut with the Dallas Cowboys in 2014. In 2017, he bought a brand-new, four-bedroom home in Frisco, TX, for an undisclosed amount — a place he still owns. The current median list price in Frisco sits at $440,000, so Hitchens’ home is far from big-baller status, although he inked a five-year, $45 million contract with the Chiefs in 2018.
Here’s a brainteaser for bandwagon fans: Can you identify the Chiefs player with the longest tenure on the team?
The answer is punter Dustin Colquitt, who’s been booting the ball for the team since 2005. He holds the team record for games played with 238 as well as a number of franchise punting records.
Since he’s been plying his trade in Kansas City for nearly two decades, it follows Colquitt owns a lovely home in the area. In 2016, he plunked down $1.2 million on a six-bedroom home in Leawood, KS. The suburban residence is about 20 miles south of Arrowhead Stadium and provides plenty of room for his wife and five kids. Built in 2014, the 6,775-square-foot home sits in a cul-de-sac and offers a beautiful backyard lanai, a four-car garage, and a kitchen outfitted with high-end appliances.