Phillies Great Ryan Howard Sells $16.5M Waterfront Mansion in Belleair Shores | Loungtastic
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.
According to news reports, the waterfront estate was purchased by real estate developer Ben Mallah as an anniversary gift for his wife.
According to news reports, the waterfront estate was purchased by real estate developer Ben Mallah as an anniversary gift for his wife.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.
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.”