The Extravagant Mansions of Star Athletes
You didn't think Ryan Howard was going to let all of the money from his five-year, $125 million contract extension just sit around and collect interest did you?
Howard's plan to build a 17,500-square-foot beachfront mansion in Belle Air Shore, Fla., is no surprise but some of the amenities might shock you.
But, the best-laid plans often face setbacks, even in the life of a super-rich, professional athlete. Howard is running into ordinance problems with the construction.
Apparently, local laws require homes to finish construction within 24 months of the start of construction and onlookers believe Howard’s home will take at least 3 years to complete.
Rome was not built in a day and Howard's home will not be built in 730 days. Chances are, however, that the details will get worked out. Until then, here are eight more extravagant mansions of star athletes.
When James took his talents to South Beach, you knew an extravagant home purchase would not be too far behind. James bought a 12,178-square-foot, six-bedroom, eight-and-a-half-bath property in Coconut Grove, Florida for $9 million in December 2010.
The three-story home overlooks Biscayne Bay and has water views from every room. Other flourishes include a custom wine cellar, a paneled library, tropical gardens and direct ocean access with docks that can fit two 60-foot yachts.
Fossil-encrusted marble countertops, white onyx baths and mahogany cabinetry can be found throughout. The home also is equipped with state-of-the-art audio, video, security and lighting technology. It truly is an abode fit for a king.
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Mayweather didn't intend to outfit his 22,000-square foot, five-bedroom, seven-bath Las Vegas mansion with designer brands, it just worked out that way. Tanasha Pettigrew, Mayweather'sWall Street Journal, he was always drawn to the most expensive options.and decorator told the
The house features 24-foot ceilings with three Swarovski crystal chandeliers, red silk and textured glass on the walls, and a two-story tall movie theater. He has a 600-square-foot walk-in closet.
The location of the new home, estimated at $9 million, is a secret that even some of Mayweather’s family aren't in on. Perhaps Mayweather learned his lesson after he reportedly had $7 million in jewelry stolen from his last house in 2008.
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Dale Earnhardt Jr.
Earnhardt's 4,000-square-foot renovated farmhouse, located on more than 140 acres outside of Mooresville, North Carolina, may look less flashy than other stars' homes from the outside. But it's the amenities that make this place outrageous.
"Dirty Mo," as Earnhardt reportedly calls the compound, features: buffalo; cattle; a six-bay garage and workshop for Earnhardt and his team; a six-hole, par-3 golf course; and a vintage gas station that houses18 go-carts.
That's not all, Earnhardt also has a replica Wild West town called Whiskey River. It has a church, a sheriff's office with two jail cells, a three-room hotel and, of course, a fully stocked saloon. For exclusive look, go to USA Today.
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Beltre's 16,600-square-foot Mediterranean-style home on 4.16 acres in Bradbury, Calif., has seven bedrooms and 13.5 baths.
Since putting the house up for sale for $19.8 million in 2010, Beltre has already knocked a cool $300,000 off the price tag to attract buyers. Anybody?
Amenities include an entryway with 35-foot ceilings, custom painted ceilings and inlaid marble floors, as well as batting cages, golf greens, an infinity pool, and tennis and basketball courts. Guests can stay in a 2,500-square-foot guesthouse.
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You know you have achieved over-the-top opulence when environmental groups start complaining about your home. That is exactly what happened to basketball legend Michael Jordan in response to his 28,000-square-foot, 11-bedroom home in The Bears Club, an exclusive luxury community in Jupiter, Fla.
The community has 55 lots, but Jordan purchased two to house his monster house. The lots alone cost Jordan $4.8 million, and it is estimated that an additional $7.5 million was spent building the palatial residence.
The home features an athletic wing with a basketball court and gym, a guesthouse, pool house and a two-story guardhouse to protect Jordan from his millionaire neighbors.
Venus and Serena Williams
The Williams sisters share their Palm Beach, Fla., home, but at 11,000 square feet, I doubt they trip over each other. The home features two wings -- one for each sister -- four bedrooms, including two master suites, five bathrooms and two half-baths.
The sisters have shared the home for a decade but recently added a 4,000-square foot tennis center, which means they don't even have to leave home to train. The estate is located in the exclusive Grand Key Estates to provide the athletes with added security.
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In 2011, Woods moved into his $55-million, 9,729-square-foot mansion on Jupiter Island, Fla. He initially bought the 12-acre property in 2006 for $40 million, but he poured in another $15 million building his dream practice facility.
The 3.5-acre facility has four tournament-level holes, a putting studio and a video center where he can analyze his swing. On his website, he also wrote he can hit shots out of his second-story studio.
The home's amenities include: a tennis court, a diving pool and lap pool, a gym, an oxygen-therapy room and two boat docks where he can tie down his $10 million yacht, called "Privacy." The house also has a large wine cellar, elevator, media room and his-and-hers master bathrooms.
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This past offseason, Rodriguez moved into his $24-million, 9,447-square-foot, eight-bedroom, six and-a-half bathroom mansion on 1.07 waterfront acres in Miami.
The problem is that little is known about what the Todd Michael Glaser-designed home looks like inside. However, from the outside, you can see floor-to-ceiling windows, a custom pool and two boat docks. But, at that price, surely it must be the perfect waterfront retreat.
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