As Super Bowl 50 approaches, we tally up the real-estate deals of football stars like Ndamukong Suh, Asante Samuel, Marcus Mariota and Alex Smith
1of21fullscreen Tennessee Titans quarterback Marcus Mariota paid $1.05 million for a penthouse at the Icon, a luxury building in downtown Nashville.JOE BUGLEWICZ FOR THE WALL STREET JOURNAL Miami Dolphins defensive tackle Ndamukong Suh purchased this home in Fort Lauderdale, Fla., for $7 million.LUXURY LIVING FORT LAUDERDALE The home measures 11,142 square feet and includes six bedrooms, seven baths and 2 half-baths, according to public records.LUXURY LIVING FORT LAUDERDALE The home has a contemporary design, with ‘soaring ceilings and walls of glass,’ says listing agent Chad Gray, a broker associate of the Luxury Living Fort Lauderdale Group at Coldwell Banker.LUXURY LIVING FORT LAUDERDALE Mr. Suh, formerly with the Detroit Lions, purchased the home last year after signing a $114 million contract with the Dolphins.LUXURY LIVING FORT LAUDERDALE Amenities in the Suh home, which was purchased partially furnished, include an 11-seat home theater.LUXURY LIVING FORT LAUDERDALE A fitness center overlooks the pool, and a rooftop entertaining space is decked out with artificial grass, patio furniture and a flat-screen TV, Mr. Gray says.LUXURY LIVING FORT LAUDERDALE Patrick Surtain, former cornerback with the Kansas City Chiefs, sold this home in Weston, Fla., for $4.25 million. The seven-bedroom, 9½-bathroom home is on the water, and Mr. Surtain and his family would fish there, says Ben Westby, a One Sotheby’s International Realty agent who represented Mr. Surtain in the sale.CLAUDINE CAMILLO/VHT PHOTOGRAPHY The home measures 10,763 square feet. ‘They were looking to downsize,’ says Mr. Westby of the Surtain family.CLAUDINE CAMILLO/VHT PHOTOGRAPHY A view of the living room in Mr. Surtain’s former residence. The family moved to Plantation, Fla., where Mr. Surtain coaches football at American Heritage School.CLAUDINE CAMILLO/VHT PHOTOGRAPHY The Surtains’ former home is located in the Windmill Ranch Estates development.CLAUDINE CAMILLO/VHT PHOTOGRAPHY The outdoor entertaining area is just feet from the water.CLAUDINE CAMILLO/VHT PHOTOGRAPHY Ryan Pickett, a free agent who most recently played for the Houston Texans, sold this 14,902-square-foot home in Poway, Calif., last year for $3.02 million, according to public records.PREVIEWFIRST The theater room. The home has eight bedrooms and 10½ bathrooms, according to real-estate agent Nina Wells of Keller Williams-Carmel Valley (and wife of former MLB pitcher David Wells).PREVIEWFIRST Located on 3½ acres, the home sold by Mr. Pickett is a veritable sports complex. Before the Picketts lived there, the home was owned by MLB player Jeromy Burnitz.PREVIEWFIRST In addition to the pool, there’s a tennis court, basketball court, putting green, sunken trampoline and large playground area.PREVIEWFIRST Kansas City Chiefs quarterback Alex Smith recently sold a home in Monte Sereno, Calif., for $3.999 million.SERENO GROUP REAL ESTATE The home has 100-year-old reclaimed wood beams and limestone floors imported from France.SERENO GROUP REAL ESTATE Asante Samuel, former cornerback with the Atlanta Falcons, sold this 16,717-square-foot home in Southwest Ranches, Fla., for $7.5 million.JAMES IRWIN/PLANOMATIC Mr. Samuel’s former home has nine bedrooms, 11 bathrooms and two half-baths on 4.9 acres, according to real-estate agent Ben Moss of One Sotheby’s International Realty.JAMES IRWIN/PLANOMATIC Christian Ponder, a free-agent quarterback most recently with the Denver Broncos, purchased this home in Phoenix with his wife, Samantha Ponder, an ESPN reporter. They paid $2.2 million for the property, which is located near Ms. Ponder’s family.HI LINE IMAGING Tennessee Titans quarterback Marcus Mariota paid $1.05 million for a penthouse at the Icon, a luxury building in downtown Nashville.JOE BUGLEWICZ FOR THE WALL STREET JOURNAL Miami Dolphins defensive tackle Ndamukong Suh purchased this home in Fort Lauderdale, Fla., for $7 million.LUXURY LIVING FORT LAUDERDALEByBETH DECARBO
When Ndamukong Suhsigned a six-year, $114 million contract with the Miami Dolphins in March, he became thehighest-paid defensive tacklein NFL history.
Mr. Suh set another record in 2015: He spent $7 million in August on a home in Fort Lauderdale, Fla., the most expensive real-estate purchase by an NFL player last year.
In the spirit ofSuper Bowl 50,Mansionexamined the stats behind 66 NFL-related home listings in 2015. One finding: If real estate were a predictor of gridiron wins (it’s not), the AFC would win the championship. Of the 25 homes that were either bought or sold, 15 of them involved players, active or retired, who most recently played in the American Football Conference.
We also looked at the year’s priciest sales, fastest deals, largest homes and other off-the-field player stats, compiled with the help of Realtor.com. (News Corp,which owns The Wall Street Journal, also owns Realtor.com, the listing website of the National Association of Realtors.)
According to real-estate agents involved in these deals, the top features requested by pro athletes are privacy and security. The players in these real-estate transactions did not respond to requests for comment.
Real-estate agents say that the pedigree of an athlete-owned home can be a selling point for buyers. Here are the NFL home deals that set the year’s biggest records.
MOST EXPENSIVE HOME PURCHASED: $7 million
Buyer: Ndamukong Suh, defensive tackle with the Miami Dolphins
In moving from Detroit to South Florida, Mr. Suh purchased a partially furnished home in Fort Lauderdale for $7 million that has six bedrooms, seven bathrooms and two half-baths in 11,142 square feet, according to public records.
Chad Gray represented the home’s seller in the Coral Ridge neighborhood, a community on the Intracoastal Waterway with a golf course and a yacht club. “The home was built in 2013 and has very modern architecture, soaring ceilings and walls of glass,” says Mr. Gray, a broker associate of the Luxury Living Fort Lauderdale Group at Coldwell Banker.
Amenities include an 11-seat home theater, maid’s quarters, a game room and a fitness center that overlooks the pool. A rooftop entertaining space, accessible by elevator, is decked out with artificial grass, patio furniture and a flat-screen TV.
Mr. Suh also sold a home in 2015, getting $3.1 million for a Colonial-style home in Birmingham, Mich., about 20 miles north of Detroit. This home has five bedrooms, four bathrooms and three half-baths in 7,394 square feet. Amenities include a massage room, fitness room, indoor sports court, according to the listing.
MOST EXPENSIVE HOME SOLD: $7.5 million / LARGEST HOME SOLD: 16,717 square feet
Seller: Asante Samuel, former cornerback with the Atlanta Falcons who last played in 2013
The home is located in the Landmark Ranch Estates development in Southwest Ranches, Fla., about 15 miles southwest of Fort Lauderdale. “In this particular neighborhood, there are a lot of pro athletes,” says Ben Moss, managing director of the sports and entertainment division of One Sotheby’s International Realty. “There are people who want to be part of that culture and that prestige factor.”
The home underwent several price reductions before selling in October for $5.4 million below its original asking price. Mr. Moss was the second listing agent brought in to market the property, which has nine bedrooms, 11 bathrooms and two half-baths on 4.9 acres.
Mr. Samuel, who had the home built in 2013, was comfortable with his agent revealing his identity to house hunters, Mr. Moss said. The buyer, whom Mr. Moss declined to name, wasn’t looking to move—until he saw a marketing video that featured the property, which has a large pool with a 25-person grotto, a theater room, game room, music studio and 10-car garage, among other things. “For him, I think there was some cachet with an NFL player,” Mr. Moss said.
The home’s size and upkeep played a role in Mr. Samuel’s decision to sell, his agent says. “The large square footage and the fact that he’s not playing made [Mr. Samuel] realize that it was a good time to sell, while the market was good,” says Mr. Moss.
SECOND MOST EXPENSIVE HOME SOLD: $4.25 million
Seller: Patrick Surtain, former cornerback with the Kansas City Chiefs who last played in 2008
Mr. Surtain sold his 10,763-square-foot home in Weston, Fla., for $4.25 million. “They were looking to downsize,” says Ben Westby, a One Sotheby’s International Realty agent who represented Mr. Surtain and his wife in the sale. The seven-bedroom, 9½-bathroom home, located in the Windmill Ranch Estates development, is on the water, and Mr. Surtain and his family would fish there, Mr. Westby says.
The couple moved to Plantation, Fla., where they paid $2.154 million for a newly constructed home that measures 6,456 square feet. Mr. Surtain last month was named head football coach at American Heritage School, an elite private day school with a campus in Plantation. Mr. Surtain’s son, Patrick Jr., is currently a sophomore at American Heritage who plays cornerback for the team.
The home wasn’t 100% finished when it was shown to the Surtains, so they were able to select some of the finishes and upgrades, said Dondi Hopkins, a Coldwell Banker agent who represents the builder, Brookman Fels. The full-acre lot allowed Mr. Surtain space to build a full-size sports court for basketball. The home has five bedrooms and 6½ baths.
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