Former MLB slugger Ryan Howard just sold a large chunk of real estate. The Belleair Shore, FL, mansion he built for himself is in contract for $16.5 million.
Howard’s home was shopped around privately for $18 million, but will close for $1.5 million less. Even so, it’s likely to net the Phillies great a substantial profit. He bought the land in 2012 for $3.5 million, and spent an estimated $5.8 million building the mansion, which was completed in 2014.
Even at the slight discount, the beach home made waves. “This sale is the highest sale that anyone has ever had in Tampa Bay,” says listing agent Jackie Diaz with Premier Sotheby’s International Realty—Clearwater. “There’s no other home like this.”
The gated Mediterranean retreat features eight bedrooms, seven full bathrooms, and four half-baths in almost 20,000 square feet of living space on 1.15 acres. The three-level interior features numerous Gulf-front terraces and a large loggia.
The home sits on 200 linear feet of beachfront and includes a private beach. A pool with a lazy river graces the picturesque property, and water flows throughout the grounds, with waterfalls, bridges, a bar, and grotto.
Other perks of the place include a guest wing, an elevator, three fireplaces, an outdoor kitchen, and a garage that can accommodate five or more cars.
Luxe amenities include a huge custom kitchen with a breakfast bar, a two-story wood-paneled library, a trophy room (which could be used to hang art or other memorabilia), a “Napa-style” wine room, fitness center with sauna and steam, a home theater, a game room, and a bowling alley. “It’s so much fun,” Diaz says. “This is a very unique home, built for a very unique family.”
Howard, 39, spent most of his professional career with the Philadelphia Phillies, and was an integral part of the team’s 2008 World Series win. The MVP retired in 2018, and is a partner at a Philadelphia-based venture capital firm, SeventySix Capital.