10 Sports Guys Who Wish You'd Buy Their Houses
Sports stars are the kids who won't grow up. How else can we explain their constant misbehavior? (Yes Tiger, you know who we're talking about. Now please return to the Bad Boys' Corner.)
While we don't condone the philandering, the drug use, or the lying about the both, we do take the higher road when it comes to beautiful homes in need of new owners. So, for the sake of beautiful homes everywhere, here is Luxist's List of 10 Expensive Homes owned by Sports Guys. And for those on the list haven't actually crossed the law or resigned in shame over anything, our apologies for lumping you with the other boys in the locker room.
1) Greg Norman--Tranquility--$65 million
Uh, how to put this nicely? Golfer Greg Norman has clearly been having a rough go of things -- including his understanding of the real estate market. His 25-year marriage ended in divorce and the couple listed their Florida estate for sale. Here's where it gets confusing: First it was listed at $65 million in 2007, then reduced to $47.5 million, and now it's back to $65 million. You don't have to know which end of a golf club is up to know that the market -- in Florida of all places -- has crashed big time. So what's up with raising the price? Get real; get it sold. Make listing agent Suzanne Frisbie of the Corcoran Group happy.
It's a nice enough place for those to whom Florida appeals. Personally, I prefer my mosquitoes smaller. The eight-acre property has nine bedrooms and 13.5 bathrooms.
Gallery: Greg Norman's Tranquility
2) Joe Montana's wine country estate for $49 million.
Heck, Joe Montana slept here. If that's not enough for you to shell out $49 million, well, we're speechless. To be perfectly honest, we're not even sure this 500-acre estate that straddles both Napa and Sonoma counties is still on the market. His agent must think so, since he still has the website up, but we couldn't find it on the MLS. Count us among the stalkers of Joe Cool. We even like the fact that the world's greatest San Francisco 49-er ever priced the house at $49 million. Stick with the numbers that stick with you. The main Tuscan-style house has 9,700 square feet and took three years to build. It has a bell tower, baronial details and things only a football player would love: multiple hidden flat screens, a beer tap and a pizza oven.
3) Deion Sanders, who played not one but two major league sports, has not one but two major league homes on the market.
For those unfamiliar with our modern-day Sampson, Sanders played both in the National Football League and in Major League Baseball.
House No. 1, listed at $7.5 million, is in Dallas where he played for the Dallas Cowboys. It's a 5,025-square-foot two-story penthouse in the Azure building. He can take a private elevator to the private rooftop pool. Panoramic skyline views, two-story living room, and an outdoor fireplace.
Gallery: Deion Sanders in Dallas, Texas
4) His other listing, at $21 million, excites us more since who knew any place in Texas could cost that much? Sanders and his wife Pilar put the small North Texas town of Prosper on the map with this place. The ranch home has 29,000 square feet and so many wings that the family supposedly uses little scooters to get around. It's a grown-up's toy chest, with an indoor basketball court and bowling alley, pools both indoor and out, a hall-of-fame gallery, movie theater and a game room modeled after the Dave & Busters restaurant chain. Gives me a headache just thinking about it since I consider those places crimes against nature. But the good news, this is Sanders only crime except for maybe being too flashy a dresser. The perennial all-star player Sanders has parlayed his success on the fields into success in commercials, including a set for Nike. To this day, Sanders delivers Christmas presents to kids in local children's hospitals.
Gallery: Deion Sanders in Texas
5) New York Yankee shortstop Derek Jeter's Trump World Tower penthouse is listed at $20 million, at least on his agent's website.
The 88th floor unit has 5,400 square feet. Jeter, when we last checked, was working on building a new home in Tampa Florida that is expected to have more than 30,000 square feet. The penthouse for sale has 16-foot floor-to-ceiling windows with views of the Empire State Building, Central Park and the George Washington Bridge. The fireplace is decorated with Udaipur slate imported from India.
Jeter's remarkable pro-ball career hasn't yet been eclipsed by his equally remarkable tabloid dating career that includes diva Mariah Carey, beauty pageant winners and actresses. The man likes to party. Not a crime in this state.
Gallery: Derek Jeter At Trump World Tower
6) The man on the receiving end of all Joe Cool's passes also has a home on the market. Jerry Rice listed his Atherton California home for $13,888,000.
In November 2010, Rice was named as the number one greatest player in the history of the NFL by the NFL Network's NFL Films production, "The Top 100." Without question, Joe Montana would not have had his level of success without Rice on the other end as a wide receiver.
The 16,000-square-foot home that Rice has listed in this exclusive community was built in 2001 and has six bedrooms. The three level home has an elevator. The lower level is devoted to play: game room, gym, wine room, wet bar. There's a gym, crafts room, and the home is said to have more than $2 million worth of electronics that include a security system and large home theater. The 1.2 acre property has a pool, spa and underground seven-car garage. The home is offered by Pierre Buljan of Cashin Company
is featured by Sean Spanek of SportStar Relocation.
Gallery: Jerry Rice in Atherton
7) Denver Nugget Carmelo Anthony's house is on the market for $9.5 million. Melo, as he likes to be called, is one of our Teflon bad boys. Stuff don't stick, if you get my drift. In 2004, he was cited for possessing marijuana in his backpack at the airport until his pal signed an affidavit saying the pot was actually his. He returned to the Bad Boys corner later that year with a video appearance in something called "Stop Snitching" that warned Baltimore residents that cooperation with the police could be harmful to their health. A DUI, participation in the infamous Knicks-Nuggets brawl (and the 15-game suspension that came with it) and we award Mr. Melo a front-row seat in our Hall of Shame. His 21,000-square-foot house deserves better.
As it is, he's listed it at a loss. He paid $12 million for the Littleton Colorado property that has six acres in the Polo Ridge Estates. The property has a 5,500-square-foot barn and paddock and a 1,600-square-foot detached guest house. It has a recording studio, home theater, pool and gym.
Gallery: Carmelo Anthony in Denver
8) Baseball free agent and superstar Manny Ramirez's Ritz-Carlton penthouse in Boston is listed at $7.9 million, according to his agent's website.
Our man Manny was suspended for 50 games in 2009 for violating Major League Baseball's Performance Enhancing Drug policy. He spent from 2000 to 2008 with the Boston Red Sox before gracing Los Angeles with his presence for two years. He was last seen in a Dodger uniform in August when he was ejected by the home plate umpire for arguing a strike call.
His penthouse may be much better behaved. He purchased the 37th floor unit in 2005 for $5.8 million in 2001. When it didn't sell for $6.9 million in 2005, he took it off the market only to try again in 2009 at $8.5 million. Ramirez's condo has a wraparound terrace with views of the Charles River. It comes with three valet parking spots.
Gallery: Manny at the Ritz
9) Jamie Moyer, who is the oldest active Major League Baseball player, has the most wins, loses and strikeouts of any active baseball pitcher. You know how those baseball guys love their stats. He's also got his Seattle home on the market at $7.8 million.
Moyer is the kind of pro athlete we like, the kind that sets a good example as a role model and shows his gratitude for his success by giving back. He and his wife are major philanthropists and run the Moyer Foundation, a non-profit that helps children in distress.
The Tudor style house, in Seattle's Magnolia area, is just as lovely as the man. It was built in 1933 but has the modern amenities of a home theater/game room, outdoor kitchen with a pizza oven and a pool with a pool house.
Gallery: Jamie Moyer in Seattle
10) We're going to jump over a few sports guys price-wise just to shamelessly plug former Chicago Cubs pitcher Ted Lily, who recently cut the asking price of his 5,400-square-foot home just west of Wrigley Field to $2.1 million from $2.4 million. The starting pitcher got traded to the Los Angeles Dodgers and we think that once he sees what $2.1 million will buy him comparatively in still pricey Los Angeles, he's on the next Greyhound back to the Windy City.
His relatively new construction brick and limestone house in on a corner lot in Chicago has six bedrooms, a heated garage -- a feature he won't be needing in L.A. -- a gourmet kitchen and two roof decks. Not sure if he has a view of Wrigley from those roof decks, which are akin to box seats.
Gallery: Ted Lilly in Chicago