New York Yankees third baseman Alex Rodriguez recently sold his Miami Beach mansion for a whopping $30 million, reminding the world that baseball has been very, very good to Mr. Rodriguez.
But he's not the only star athlete who has spent whopping sums on real estate. Many superstars share the scandal-challenged Yankees' taste for luxury, choosing to devote a chunk of their discretionary income on large estates and lavish homes. Here are five athlete homes to be envied. It's not a comprehensive list, but simply a sampling of the crash pads of the rich and sweaty.
Michael Jordan/Basketball Price: $21 Million Location: Chicago
Basketball legend Michael Jordan's seven-acre grand estate is for sale, include the entrance gate sporting his famous number 23. The 32,683-square-foot, nine-bedroom, 15-full bath mansion has a media room, den, massive personal gym, tennis courts and of course, an indoor basketball court. Built in 1995, the mansion also features a 15-car garage.
According to news reports, Mr. Jordan's ex-wife Juanita received the house when the couple divorced in 2007. The property was originally listed at $29 million, but has dropped to $21 million.
Tom Brady/NFL Price: $20 Million Location: Los Angeles, CA
Tom Brady and model wife Gisele Bundchen's dream home offers the usual amenities--plus a moat. The outrageously beautiful couple spent three years building their 22,000-square-foot mansion that includes eight bedrooms, a castle-like playground, and, of course, a state-of-the-art gym. The mansion also features a six-car garage, lagoon-shaped swimming pool with spa, weight room, wine cellar and will use solar energy, rainwater recovery systems and energy-efficient appliances. With a reported net worth of $90 million, the couple can afford this fairy-tale home.
Jeff Gordon/NASCAR Price: $30 million Location: Manhattan, NY
Who would have guessed that former NASCAR champion Jeff Gordon is an uptown guy? His 3,454-square-foot condo has views of Central Park, 740-square-foot master suite, private office and limestone bath with Boffi soaking tub. (How many NASCAR drivers have soaking tubs?) With amenities such as a 75-foot sky-lit lap pool, private wine rooms, and 14,000-square-foot gym, the condo has a monthly carrying cost of $7,221.
Tiger Woods/Golf $54.5 million Jupiter Island, FL
Originally purchased and built for Tiger Woods and ex-wife Elin Nordegren, the 10,000-square foot home is now Mr. Wood's bachelor pad, according to various media reports. Facing the Atlantic Ocean, the four-bedroom house has large windows with ocean views and a glass-front elevator. Amenities include a wine cellar, golf training studio, gym, boathouse, basketball court, lap pool and his very own golf course for teaching golf to his new girlfriend, Olympic skier Lindsey Vonn.
Greg Norman/Golf $65 million Jupiter Island, FL
Golfer Greg Norman may be looking for the unofficial record for the priciest athlete's home, listing his mansion for a robust $65 million. It's not far from where Tiger purchased his lot, the Wall Street Journal reports. The 8-acre property stretched across the island, has a 50-foot pool on eight acres of land with six buildings and garage space for 17 cars. The house is 16,000-square-feet and includes the usual array of wine room, sun room, "great room" and fine dining halls. Mr. Norman reportedly paid $4.9 million for the property in 1991, according to the Journal. The property was originally developed in 1902, according to the Trulia listing.
The property has been on and off the market for years and its current status is not clear. According to one report, the price was dropped to $47.5 million. On Zillow, it is listed as "not for sale." A realtor shown as the listing agent declined to comment when contacted by World Property Channel.