The king has left his palace. In one of the year’s priciest deals in Delray Beach, Florida, actor Kevin James sold his 3-acre oceanfront estate for $26.38 million.
The Mediterranean mansion includes eight bedrooms, 10 bathrooms and about 26,000 square feet of interior space, with a one-two punch of “Old World elements with contemporary luxuries,” according to the listing agent. Luxurious finishes like antique European oak, Alhambra tile, limestone and coral serve up a sophisticated elegance indoors, while manicured gardens, walking paths, a number of covered loggias and an enormous, lush lawn make the yards as appealing as the interior.
The home also includes a 10-car garage, seven fireplaces, a basketball court, a playground and a puzzle-piece swimming pool with ample terrace seating featuring ivy-covered walls.
The uniquely vaulted kitchen includes a farmhouse sink, a center island with built-in butcher block, artfully wrought globe chandeliers and a walk-in pantry. In the master suite, you’ll find a sitting area, private balcony access and a delicately carved ceiling-height headboard dividing the room from a second tier. A formal living area includes wood paneling and exposed beams, while a smaller den features built-in shelves, a black marble fireplace and a starburst light fixture.
James spent nine years playing Doug Heffernan, the lead character in CBS’s The King of Queens, and is also known for the comedy franchises Grown Ups and Paul Blart: Mall Cop. He purchased the home in 2012 for $18.5 million before adding to the acreage with a $4.25 million purchase of the vacant lot next door. He originally listed the home in February with an asking price of $28.85 million.