The lavish home arena of Kenyon Martin

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There are men who carve out space for their home enjoyment in the garage or attic. These dank corners are called, appropriately enough, man caves. They are pitiful attempts at manifest destiny. Here’s how’s it’s done on a budget of $5 million.

Welcome to the man castle owned by New York Knicks center Kenyon Martin.

Martin, 35, grew up in North Texas and graduated from Bryan Adams High School in Dallas in 1996. The 6-foot-9 forward was the first overall pick of the 2000 NBA Draft and has also played for the New Jersey Nets, Denver Nuggets and Los Angeles Clippers, but he still maintains ties to the area. His foundation benefits local causes including SafeHaven of Tarrant County.

The list of man-amenities in his Dalworthington Gardens property is staggering. There are multiple game rooms — one for the pool table and bar, a second for the arcade games Ms. Pac-Man and Star Trek Voyager, plus multiple flat screens and a collection of Martin’s various uniform jerseys.

The third, which Martin calls the “gentleman’s room,” is next door to the pool table room and adjacent to the home gym, and has multiple screens for watching sporting events, red leather sofas and a card table. Any one of these would be considered a fitting retreat for manly endeavors, but at Martin’s house there is so much more.

There is a media room with a 120-inch flat screen and seven gigantic puffy leather recliners. This is right off the great room, which has four more flat-screen televisions.

As there are televisions in all five bedrooms and the master bath, the number of remotes with the potential to go missing is overwhelming, but this house is wired so that small computer control centers located in the main rooms operate the Quest system. Everything that needs to be turned on or off, opened or closed can be remotely controlled — televisions, main gate, front door, even window coverings — with a touch of a button.

The system also can call up any of the 5,000 movies and 20,000 tracks of music that are wired throughout the house and to the outside areas.

One of the most jaw-dropping additions is the four-lane bowling alley with AMF lanes, equipment and returns. The system has four 40-inch scoreboards, a sound system, laser lighting and smoke special effects. There is enough shelving to accommodate all your bowling shoes, plus those of your friends.

Moving to the exterior, there is a four-car garage for the Maybach and three lesser daily rides. All the cars are white.

There is also a second garage large enough for seven more cars or a 60-foot tour bus. The smaller garage is fitted with a tornado safe room for those moments of panic during a stormy Texas spring. The large garage has second-floor storage with an electronic lift instead of a staircase for storing a variety of heavy or unwieldy things.

At the back of the 8.4-acre property is a 1.2 million-gallon pond stocked with catfish, perch and bass. A fishing dock extends from the screened pavilion that was built with the needs of a fisherman in mind. It is kitted out with a refrigerator, sink and ice maker.

The pond is kept filled by an on-site well, and the pond water is used to irrigate the property. The expanse of lawn that rolls down to the pond is what attracted Martin to the property five years ago when he bought the place.

He installed a court, by Hoop It Up, for keeping his game polished during the off-season. It has a sound system and lighting, as well as the emblem of his alma mater, the University of Cincinnati, embedded in the surface.

Next to the court is a greenhouse with irrigation, heaters, fans, long potting benches along each wall and a center table that stretches the length of the greenhouse. Close to the greenhouse and court is the caretaker’s home, a 2,300-square-foot house with two master suites and two living areas.

The swimming pool has every water feature a resort could want — two water slides, two water arches, a fountain and waterside sculptures of dolphins that also act as fountains. Typical of resort pools, there is a beach entry and a swim-up table that is within serving distance of the outdoor kitchen, featuring a huge stove, refrigerator/freezer, dishwasher, trash compactor and very large smoker.

Tucked behind the kitchen is a Japanese garden with koi pond and a pavilion that houses the eight-person hot tub.

With all the jock distractions, one might think the house is decorated with beer-label mirrors and accessorized with sock balls. That is not the case. Martin spent a small fortune on sleek Italian furniture and accessories from Cantoni in Dallas for a streamlined, contemporary interior.

The formal living and dining rooms are a large expanse of white marble floors, white furniture with Lucite legs, silver and mercury-glass accessories and huge twinkling chandeliers that hang from cloud-painted ceilings. The spacious rooms look like the reception hall of the Ice Queen.

The spare coolness flows throughout the five bedrooms, five baths and two offices. Martin’s office is used to display his many trophies, awards, signed NBA basketballs and autographed NFL footballs.

The kitchen has the requisite black granite countertops and brushed stainless-steel appliances, steel-fronted cabinets and brushed stainless tile backsplash. The white and metallic color scheme of the formal rooms darkens to gray, black and chrome in the office, master bedroom and great room.

There are two glass elevators, one that connects the children’s and mother-in-law suites with the downstairs and another one that connects the gentleman’s room upstairs with the great room area downstairs. There is also a dumbwaiter that can run food and drinks between the floors.

Even with all the entertainment centers throughout the house, it is the master bedroom that Martin says he will miss the most. The tranquil setting accommodates the double king-size bed as if it were little more than the size of a cot, with a fireplace and sitting area, and blackout curtains that, when closed, shut out the world and all its distractions.

Martin says he uses all that his house offers, but he has to envision living with fewer amenities. To that end, he has put his house on the market with Ginger Levine at Dave Perry-Miller & Associates.

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