You can buy a football star's home
Big men offer big spreads for sale — for big bucks, of course. Some even come with football fields.
When you sit down to watch the Super Bowl this weekend, you may wonder: Where do all those big men live?
The answer, for most of them, is in big houses.
If you want a house as big as that of an NFL star, you may have your chance. A number of players, former players and coaches have put their big properties up for sale.
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The New England Patriots' Tom Brady has a 5,311-square-foot penthouse condo in Boston's Back Bay. He and his wife, model Giselle Bundchen, have the Boston property on the market for $10.5 million because they built a 22,000-square-foot, $20 million estate in Los Angeles.
Deion Sanders has a 29,000-square-foot mansion in Texas, which he had put on the market for $21 million in 2009 but took off the market last summer. The place is on 109 acres, north of Dallas, and even has its own football field.
Here are some of the NFL players' and former players' properties that could be yours:
- DeMarcus Ware's 9,304-square-foot home on almost an acre in a gated community in Colleyville, Texas, a suburb of Dallas. The "English-style" mansion was built in 2008 and has six bedrooms, 7.5 bathrooms, four living areas, a theater room and a separate pool house with a game room. Asking price is $2.12 million
- Kurt Warner's 11,329-square-foot modern mansion on just over an area in Paradise Valley, Ariz., near Phoenix. The seven-bedroom, 6.5-bath home was built in 2001. It features an expansive pool and outdoor entertaining area, as well as two master suites, mountain views, a separate guest house and a billards room with a wet bar. The house was featured on an HGTV show about holiday decorating with the stars. The home was listed for sale in June at $4.99 million.
- Joe Montana's 500-acre wine country estate in California's Napa Valley. The property was first offered for sale for $49 million in January 2010 and the price was dropped to $35 million in August. It was removed from the market last week, but we don't know if that means the Montanas found a buyer or just changed their minds. The property includes a caretaker's unit and guest house, as well as the main house, which is listed as having three bedrooms and 3.5 baths. In addition to having a pool and spa, the property has the stuff for all kinds of sports: a private pond stocked with fish, a basketball court, a skeet shooting range and "professional grade" equestrian stable. Oh, and it also has an olive farm.
About Teresa Mears
Teresa Mears is a veteran journalist who has been interested in houses since her father took her to tax auctions to carry the cash at age 10. A former editor of The Miami Herald's Home & Design section, she lives in South Florida where, in addition to writing about real estate, she publishes Miami on the Cheap to help her neighbors adjust to the loss of 60% of their property value.