Michael Horne
House Confidential

O. J. Mayo’s River Hills McMansion

His $1.8 home mixes all sorts of architectural styles and isn't visible to passers by. Perhaps just as well.

By - Oct 29th, 2014 02:59 pm
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O. J. Mayo's River Hills McMansion.

O. J. Mayo’s River Hills McMansion.

Ovinton J’Anthony “O.J.” Mayo signed with the Milwaukee Bucks last July and bought a $1.8 million home in the Village of River Hills about a year ago. Mayo makes a reported $8,000,000 annual salary yet this lofty sum is subject to garnishment according to court records, due to a contractor’s lien of $2,043. The default judgment was issued in June in favor of plaintiff DLL Tile and Stone. The Bucks will have to take the sum out of Mayo’s paycheck — not that he would notice it.

It could not be determined why Mayo and the tile and stone guy have a dispute over the bill, but there is ample evidence of tile and stone within and without Mayo’s 9,000 square foot plus home on N. River Road.

Built in 1995, the “contemporary” dwelling includes some ceilings as high as 20 feet. That’s tall enough to stack three O. J. Mayos on top of each other! The first floor has 4,298 square feet while the comparatively diminutive second floor has just 1,652 square feet. The 3,929 square foot basement has 2,250 finished square feet of floor space — plenty of room for a home theater (to watch those game highlights), a pool table, a bar, and all sorts of other jock stuff. There are two fireplace openings in the roof, and plenty of mantel space to display trophies and the other ephemera of a sporting life.

Four bathrooms offer ample space to shower or bathe after a game, with glass-fronted shower stalls and all sorts of custom fixtures. There are also two half-baths in the home, which has 5 bedrooms. The home sits on a 5 acre lot — the River Hills minimum — and has an attached 1,248 square foot garage. With 13 rooms, this is some house.

Architectural historians will place this structure in the era of the early McMansion. Although the real estate listing mentioned “Prairie School” influences in the architecture, the whole conveys the sense of a Las Vegas mansion colliding with a Palm Beach villa and settling to earth in the green landscape of the North Shore of Milwaukee.

Viewed from the air, the home sprawls toward the rear of its lot. Spruce trees planted in the center of a circular drive are growing tall and wide — a curious choice, yet a common one in this land of corporate landscaping. An aborted porte cochere is glass covered, yet does not extend over the vehicular area. Mr. Mayo’s guests must endure the elements for the walk of a few feet while paying a call upon him.

Enough of the wooded area remains to keep the home sheltered from the street. Certainly the Buckthorn Brigade has not been around here lately.

A winding driveway set behind a pair of stone posts further hides the home from street view, augmented by man-made berms and landscape plants by the score.

Across the street is St. Christopher’s Episcopal Church. This, along with the Milwaukee Country Club, University School of Milwaukee and River Hills Village government, are among the few institutions in this strictly single-family community, and they are all pretty much under the same management.

Fun Fact: The O. J. Mayo residence is not far from the former W. Dean Rd. home of  former NBA player Latrell Sprewell. Sprewell lost the home to foreclosure in 2009 and now resides on the Lower East Side of Milwaukee in a rental property. Sprewell is a 2013 House Confidential Honoree, with his Milwaukee residence chronicled in “House Confidential: Latrell Sprewell’s Rocking Bungalow.”

Mayo has a birthday coming up on November 5th — the day after election day. Mayo does not appear to take an interest in electoral politics since there is no apparent record of him voting in this state.

What would Senator Kohl have said?

About O. J. Mayo

In the basketball-crazy state of Kentucky, middle schoolers can play high school basketball, and so O.J. Mayo began playing basketball at Rose Hill Christian High School in Ashland, KY, when he was only in seventh grade, where he averaged 23.1 points per game for the varsity team. Right from the beginning he liked to shoot and he did plenty of that, until he grew to be considered the best high school basketball player in the nation. He played just one season at the University of Southern California and earned all PAC-10 honors, before being was selected in the first round with the third overall pick of the 2008 NBA draft. Sure enough he was named to NBA All-Rookie team in his first year.

Mayo played four seasons with the Memphis Grizzlies. In 2011, he tested positive for a banned steroid and was suspended by the NBA for 10 games. Mayo signed as a free agent with Dallas in 2012 and with Milwaukee in 2013. Mayo plays shooting guard and has averaged 14.8 points per game, and is an effective three point shooter (38% career average) who is difficult to guard, but he isn’t a great rebounder (3.3 per game) or passer, and his turnovers (2.1) are nearly as high as his assists (3.0) per game. He was a huge bust for the Bucks last season, ended up benched much of the time and gained weight, which may have affected his on-court speed.

Under new Bucks coach Jason Kidd, hopes have been expressed that Mayo’s performance will rebound, but he really doesn’t seem like the sort of player someone like Kidd, the consummate passer and team player, would be crazy about it.

O.J.’s brother Todd Mayo was also in town, playing for the Marquette Golden Eagles last season, and his style seems modeled after his brother’s, with a shoot-first, pass-second mentality. Assuming O.J. isn’t traded, Milwaukee can expect a lot of Mayo-launched three point shots for another season.

The Rundown

  • Location: Village of River Hills
  • Neighborhood: St. Christopher’s Episcopal Country Club
  • Subdivision: None
  • Year Built: 1995
  • Style: All sorts of styles. Real estate agents discern a “Prairie School” influence, which is stretching it. The Village of River Hills calls it “Contemporary,” and we’ll leave it at that
  • Size: Over 9,000 square feet
  • Fireplaces: Two fireplace openings in roof
  • Taxes: $51,040.77 Paid in Full
  • Assessment: Land $430,000  [$1.97 / s.f.], Improvements $1,370,000; Total: $1,800,000.
  • Walk Score: You had to ask. Zero out of 100. It would take you 20 minutes just to walk down the end of the road to drown yourself in the river.
  • Transit Score: Nothing.
  • Street Smart Walk Score: Nil.

How Milwaukee Is It? The residence is about 10 miles from City Hall, and about the same from the BMO Harris Bradley Center. That’s outside even Mayo’s shooting range.

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6 thoughts on “House Confidential: O. J. Mayo’s River Hills McMansion”

  1. Andy says:

    Another 7000 sq. ft. “McMansion?” I’m sorry, but I still don’t see how you can call something of that ridiculous size a McMansion. Is any large home built after the 50’s considered a McMansion? In a previous story, when I asked the same question, your response was related to build quality. Do we know about the build quality of this one?

    Have to respectfully question the label on this one as well…

  2. PMD says:

    Isn’t it actually 9,000 sq. ft.? And at a cost of nearly $2 million, there’s no way that’s a McMansion. Real estate site Zillow says a realtors define a mansion as anything 8,000 square feet and over, but that some argue anything 6,000 sq. ft. or more is a mansion nowadays.

  3. Tom D says:

    Mayo’s house would actually be within walking distance of the bus stop at Port Washington and Bradley, but I-43 severs Bradley Rd.

  4. Kyle says:

    Unless you’re counting unfinished basement space or the garage in your square footage calculation, I’m not sure how you got to “Over 9000 square feet”. Or have you been correcting the square footage of every house you cover to include unfinished basements and garages? As best I can tell, the standard is to list only above ground space in the square footage, but I suppose “Under 6000 square feet” doesn’t fit your narrative.

  5. Steve says:

    sh*t be wack yo

  6. Tonya Lassiter says:

    I’m his cousin from Columbus Ohio. Why do you care about this? What size is your house, or do you have one. Straight up HATERS. Get a life. Tonya Mayo-Lassiter

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