By Laura Vecsey
It looks like Philadelphia Eagles receiver DeSean Jackson is one of the few multimillionaires who got the post-Great Recession memo about buying houses: Less is more. The Long Beach, Calif., native, who was slapped with the franchise tag last year by the Eagles and awarded a $51 million contract extension, has turned some heads with his very first real estate purchase.
Instead of going large, the 26-year-old speedster made what appears to be a sensible decision with the purchase of a $1.65 million home in Tarzana, Calif. The 3,800-square-foot home features mature updated decor that gives the 1951 house a tasteful feeling of luxury. But with its San Fernando Valley locale, Jackson's new home is not the kind of nouveau riche palace that other NFL and pro athletes like to show off on MTV "Cribs."
Of course, Jackson is no stranger to the spotlight -- on the field and off -- and he intends to keep it that way. According to the bio on his slick new website: "The music industry is another area DeSean looks to conquer, constantly putting in time developing his rapping and producing talents with his record label, Jaccpot Records. DeSean's musical talents have been featured on MTV, MTV2, Yahoo Sports and on the pages of DUB Magazine and ESPN The Magazine."
While Jackson spends the NFL season in Philadelphia, he might be looking to share his new Southern California home with his mother, Gayle Jackson, with whom DeSean has started a charity for pancreatic cancer patients after his own father, Bill Jackson, died from the disease in 2009. The DeSean Jackson Foundation for Pancreatic Cancer is "dedicated to pancreatic cancer awareness and helping both victims and the families of the victims of this deadly form of cancer."
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