I’ve just unintentionally read for an hour about the Matthews football dynasty. They have a remarkable family. I got sucked down a rabbit hole after sitting down to write about the $30 million Calabasas mansion that was just listed by current free agent NFL linebacker Clay Matthews. Soon, I’ll say more about that. Here are five interesting facts about Clay Matthews and his family for the time being:
#2) Clay Matthews II played in 278 NFL games over 19 seasons between 1978 and 1996 – that’s enough to be ranked #21 in terms of most NFL games played ever. In terms of total tackles in NFL history, Clay II is third.
Clay Matthews, third I spent one season (1950) playing for the 49ers before deciding to temporarily retire from the game of football so he could join the Army and serve in the Korean War as a paratrooper. He didn’t get drafted. He joined up! He lost out on multiple NFL seasons as a result. Clay I rejoined the 49ers in 1953 after resigning from the Army, played for them through 1955, and then entered the business world.
#4) Casey Matthews, Clay Matthews III’s brother, was a linebacker in the NFL. Casey played for the Eagles from 2011 to 2014 and then the Vikings in 2015.
#5 In 2015, Clay Matthews III wed Casey Noble, a former HGTV celebrity. In a strange coincidence, Clay’s brother and wife share the same name. Matthews, Casey
In 2013, when he was still a member of the Packers, Clay spent $2.6 million to purchase a 1.6-acre site in the gated neighborhood of The Oaks in Calabasas, California. This is the same gated community that has been home to the likes of Justin Bieber, Katie Holmes, Travis Barker, Britney Spears and several Kardashians.
Check out this monster:
(Source: MLS/The Beverly Hills Estates)
Clay and Casey (again, his wife – not brother) were likely hoping to make this their forever home after he signed a two-year deal with the Los Angeles Rams in 2019. Unfortunately, Clay only played for the Rams for one season. He is currently a free agent after not participating in any games in 2020. He might be about to give up, in my opinion.
That would be a more than 10x return on the initial cost, but obviously less amazing after factoring-in construction costs. Let’s say they spent $500 a square foot on this mansion, which is about what I would expect for this level of construction. One may assume they spent $7 million on building since it is 14,000 square feet. With landscaping, mortgage fees, taxes, etc., estimate it at $8–$9 million. Clay’s cost base is about $10 million all told.
So, other than Kardashian neighbors, what do you get for $30 million? What the property has:
It’s really something else. A video tour of the mansion is provided here: