They’re back. The Kansas City Chiefs smashed the hopes of the Buffalo Bills to reach Super Bowl LV. Now they're looking for an elusive repeat in the big game.
And because the Chiefs are return visitors to the spectacle of a Super Bowl, we've chronicled their housing histories—right around this time last year, in fact.
This isn't to say there wasn't more housing dirt to unearth when it comes to the reigning champs. Some team members stayed put, but plenty of others made key moves in the Kansas City metro area—which is exactly the subject we love to tackle.
So while you're plowing down nachos and wondering whether Patrick Mahomes can vanquish the seemingly unstoppable Tom Brady, we're pondering exactly when Mahomes' grand new mansion will be finished.
Here's the latest on the homes of the defending champs.
Patrick Mahomes dials up big baller homes
He's the undisputed star of the show in Kansas City.
The young quarterback with the golden arm hasn't moved away from his deluxe home in the city's Country Club District—yet.
But coming off last year's Super Bowl victory, Mahomes inked the league's largest contract: a 10-year, $503 million deal, which would make most people reassess their real estate situation.
So it wasn't a huge surprise when he let a bit of housing news slip when he spoke with radio host Dan Patrick last week.
Mahomes told Patrick that he had purchased a plot of land in the Kansas City area with plans to build a home with a number of amenities—including a half-football field.
Following this nugget of information, we tracked down an 8-acre lot purchased in the gated country club community of Loch Lloyd. The private community is centered around a lake and a Tom Watson–designed golf course.
An LLC connected to the signal caller purchased a large, undeveloped parcel in Loch Lloyd in September 2020 for $400,000. Although the land was relatively cheap, we can only imagine what the construction costs will be for a custom-built mansion fit for the NFL's brightest young star.
The acreage will easily accommodate a 60-yard patch of greenery in the backyard. For the man with football's fattest contract, the cost of a groundskeeper and lawn maintenance is just a rounding error.
This land grab wasn't Mahomes' only purchase in 2020. According to GQ magazine, the quarterback also snagged a place in the Dallas metroplex during the coronavirus lockdown.
The same LLC purchased a four-bedroom home in Westlake, TX, in May 2020. Listed for $4,259,750 last March, the "stunning modern estate" measures 7,844 square feet and is part of the gated Vaquero community. The enclave is what D magazine called "a bubble for new money."
Naturally, there's a private golf course for residents. In the offseason the quarterback was teeing off every day at 3 p.m. The club membership fee? A reported $150,000 with annual dues of $17,000.
Tyreek Hill may be leveling up
One of the speedsters on the receiving end of many of Mahomes' passes, All-Pro wideout Tyreek Hill has made his home in Lee's Summit, MO, over the past year.
In late 2019, Hill purchased a five-bedroom home on nearly 4 acres in the suburb east of Kansas City.
While we weren't able to deduce what Hill paid for the place, he put the 7,562-square-foot residence on the market in December 2020 for $1.3 million.
It looks to be an entertainer's delight. There's a heated saltwater pool out back and a sport court and home gym inside—ideal for an athlete or wannabe athlete.
Hill's signed with the Chiefs through the 2022 season, so perhaps he's looking to follow in Mahomes' giant footsteps and level up his housing situation.
Travis Kelce settles down in Kansas City
Another Chiefs star who's pulled down his fair share of passes from Mahomes is the longtime tight end. Travis Kelce has been a fixture for the Chiefs since 2014.
The three-time All-Pro has a four-bedroom home in Kansas City's Briarcliff West neighborhood that he purchased in March 2019. The 4,164-square-foot split-level was listed in December 2017 for $1.2 million. Kelce bagged it a year and a half later for $995,000.
Sitting on an acre lot, the home is equipped with a gym, a wine cellar, and a large pool out back. The master suite is on the main floor, and there's also a dedicated office.
Honey Badger finds a home in Kansas City
After being unceremoniously dumped in the desert by the Arizona Cardinals after the 2017 season, veteran safety Tyrann Mathieu has rebounded into All-Pro form for the Chiefs.
The defensive star, who's known as the Honey Badger, has also burrowed into a home in the Midwest—indicating he might patrol the Chiefs' backfield for a few more seasons. His contract does run out after the 2021 season, so we'll keep an eye on this luxe home located in Overland Park, KS.
Mathieu bought the six-bedroom residence in the Farm at Garnet Hill development in April 2019. While the purchase price wasn't disclosed, the place was on the market for $1,285,000 before the Badger sealed the deal.
Located on the southern edge of the Kansas City metro, the 6,044-square-foot home sits on an acre of land.
Highlights include a deluxe kitchen with a large island, Wolf appliances, and a walk-in pantry. The backyard features a covered patio with a fireplace, and the home's lower level is outfitted with a bar, media room, and extra bedroom.
Overland Park proves popular
The Honey Badger isn't alone in Overland Park. We spotted both backup quarterback Chad Henne and wide receiver Sammy Watkins as renters in the Kansas City suburb.
When not backing up Mahomes, Henne makes his main home at a rural 5-acre residence about 70 miles to the east of Philadelphia, near Reading, PA. And the well-traveled QB can pump his fist all summer long if the Chiefs win again—or even if they don't.
In May 2019, he splurged on a brand-new $2,795,000, six-bedroom home on the Jersey Shore in the town of Avalon, NJ.
Fellow Overland Park renter Watkins has also scored off the field. In July 2020, he sold his four-bedroom starter home in Winter Garden, FL, for $664,000 just a month and a half after listing it for $689,900. The speedy sale follows a big purchase the receiver made in January 2020. Right as the team was prepping for last season's Super Bowl, the Florida native closed on the purchase of a six-bedroom mansion in Windermere, FL, for $2.28 million.
Anthony Hitchens has put down more permanent stakes in Overland Park. In addition to the homes he owns in Frisco, TX, the inside linebacker bought a brand-new four-bedroom home in the Wyngate neighborhood in April 2018.
Defensive lineman Chris Jones closed on the purchase of a huge home—also in Overland Park—just as the 2020 season was getting underway. The Pro Bowler bought a brand-new, 9,163-square-foot mansion for an undisclosed amount last September. The six-bedroom home was on the market for $1.85 million and features a six-car garage as well as a finished basement that was marketed as "the ultimate man cave."
Andy Reid and his bosses stay put
Coming off a Super Bowl season, there was no reason for the nonplaying personnel to shake things up. Owner Clark Hunt, general manager Brett Veach, and head coach Andy Reid all stayed put in 2020. However, if the Chiefs manage to win another title, we have a feeling these guys might treat themselves to a not-so-little real estate splurge this offseason.