Former MLB player Ryan James Howard has recently sold his stunning waterfront mansion. The former Philadelphia Phillies player, who is nicknamed ‘The Big Piece’, had his gorgeous home built for himself. He had bought the land for $3.5 million in 2012. He then spent a whopping $5.8 million on having the mansion built, and this was completed in 2014. While it may seem a large sum to spend on building a home, it was clearly money well spent. The property was originally put on the market for $18 million but is reported to have sold for $16.5 million. That is an astronomical profit of $7.2 million on the sale of the property.
The home is located on the Bellair Shore waterfront in Tampa Bay, Florida. Real estate experts from the area have said that the home is unique and that this is why it has become Tampa Bay’s highest ever listing. The property sits on 200 feet of beachfront and boasts its own private beach. These are not the only features that have made this unique property worth such a high figure. Starting with the exterior of the property, water features highly in the external design. Not only are there spectacular ocean views from the property, but water is an integral part of the landscaping. Water flows through the grounds with waterfalls at various points. The highlight is the pool, which boasts a lazy river. Other features of the exterior include the bar, a grotto, an outdoor kitchen, and a five-car garage.
The property has eight bedrooms and a separate guest wing, so it is the ideal home for those who like entertaining and having guests to stay. Each of the bedrooms is beautifully designed and includes top of the range fittings. The master bedroom has floor-to-ceiling windows that offer panoramic ocean views.
One of the most stunning rooms in the property is the kitchen. The open-plan kitchen is constructed from custom-made units with a large central island and a breakfast bar. The recessed wall of the kitchen is an interesting feature as there is exposed brickwork, which is a contrast to the neutral walls. The recess accommodates a double range that provides ample cooking space for cooking enthusiasts. Wooden floors give the spacious kitchen a homely feel.
The rather grand living room is divided into two separate seating areas. The main seating area is a relaxing space that boasts high ceilings. The neutral color scheme and marble floors give the room a light and airy feel. The smaller section of the living area is next to the floor-to-ceiling windows that give views across the gulf. This tranquil space also has a door leading onto a terraced area.
This vast property also has many rooms that you would not usually find in the average home, and it is these that make the property stand apart from other waterfront homes in the Tampa Bay area of Florida. These include a library, a trophy room, and a wine room. The latter has a Napa-style design, which gives it the fell of an old wine cellar rather than a room in a modern home. Wine racks are built into exposed brickwork and there is a flagged, stone floor.
Leisure activities were one of the focuses when designing this home and there are many rooms where the occupants can entertain themselves in their free time. This means that the property is both functional and enjoyable. It is very much about enjoying a lifestyle rather than simply living in a brick box. Just some of the rooms featuring leisure facilities include a sauna and steam room, a fitness center, a bowling alley, a games room, and a home theater.
It has not been disclosed who has bought this property, but there is no doubt the new occupants have invested in a stunning and unique property. Not only does it have all the features that a modern family expects in a high-end home, but it also has many extras that allow those who live there to gain pleasure from their time at home. This applies to both the interior and the exterior of this outstanding home as care has been taken in the design to maximize the potential of all the spaces. This home is also an experience the buyers can share with their friends and family, thanks to the generous proportions and the facilities available in this property.
Photos via Premier Sotheby’s International Realty – Clearwater
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