In addition to their piles of money, professional athletes get the fame, get the glory and get the girls. They also get to reflect on their good fortune in any number of ridiculously lavish homes.
Remember how LeBron James said he felt bad for you after he lost the NBA Championship? Because you have to go back to your lame life and even lamer house that probably doesn't even have a bar or sauna.
That loss may have temporarily stung King James but he had the entire offseason at his Miami mansion to look forward to. Who needs basketball when you’ve got an ocean view from your infinity pool and a dock large enough to park two 60-foot yachts?
Seriously, some of these houses have pool houses that probably put your little pigsty to shame. They certainly put mine to shame.
Before we start, you might want to grab a stiff drink to numb the inevitable sting of failure. Actually, make it a double and keep'em coming.
Now let’s kick this adventure in real-estate into high gear and tour 30 of the most baller abodes in professional sports.
Apparently Albert Haynesworth has a condo in Miami Beach where he goes to escape. What exactly Haynesworth, who hasn’t played a minute of impressive football since 2008, has to escape from is anybody’s guess.
An article on sportsality.com describes Haynesworth escape better than I ever could:
“As Sportsality delved into Al’s home, which is perhaps one of the most stunning residences imaginable, you can see why he chose this space to call home. It’s private, relaxing, and beyond stunning. Its delicacy is surprising considering Al’s brawny persona. The more time we spend with Al, the more we realize that his high-rise resembles him in subtle ways. Its design is striking but not ostentatious and memorable without being presumptuous. As we explore we immediately notice that not one detail of his newly purchased pad was left untouched. Your eyes bounce from wall to wall soaking in beautiful art, platinum details, and luxurious furnishings.”
Nothing but the best for the $100 million man. You earned every penny sir.
Click here to read the ridiculously fawning (and vomit-inducing) feature and see a video of Big Al at home.
Pressel’s nearly 5,000-square-foot home has four bedrooms, five bathrooms and includes marble floors, a covered loggia with summer kitchen, swimming pool and spa, as well as lake and golf course views.
Pittsburgh Steelers safety Troy Polamalu and his family spend the offseason at their $4.75 million home in La Jolla, California. The house, which Polamalu bought in 2009, is set on 1.75 acres and has six bedrooms and six bathrooms.
Other features of the home include a swimming pool and jacuzzi, outdoor loggia, three stone fireplaces and wire-polished limestone and marble floors in bathrooms.
In 2008 Oakland Raiders second- (soon to be third-) string quarterback Kyle Boller purchased this $2.5 million Del Mar mansion. The 4,000-square-foot home has four bedrooms, four bathrooms and features a swimming pool, putting green and glorious ocean views.
That’s right fellas! Uber-bust Kyle Boller lives in this baller California mansion with his beauty queen wife. Remember to hit him in the face if you ever meet him.
Common amenities for the luxury condos include a koi pond, state-of-the-art fitness center, sauna, massage rooms, endless pool, private boardroom and a garden. The best part of these condos might just be the “Jetsons style” on-site parking space in the fully automated underground garage.
In 2010 Cassel reinvested some of that loot locally when he scooped up this sweet crib in Loch Lloyd, Missouri. The nearly 9,000-square-foot home has four bedrooms, four bathrooms and features hardwood staircases, walnut wood floors, a library and a wet bar.
Good thing he has a wet bar because dude is going to need somewhere private to drown his sorrows this season.
Steroid enthusiast Brian Cushing bought this five-bedroom, four-bathroom home in Missouri City, Texas just months after being drafted by the Houston Texans. Cushing spent $1.55 million of his hard-earned juice money on this 7,000-square-foot Mediterranean-style home.
Built on a golf course, the house features a pool and spa as well as a three-car garage.
Phil Mickelson has been trying to unload his Rancho Santa Fe estate since 2007. It was initially listed at about $12 million but the price has been dropped multiple times and the current asking price is just a shade over $7 million.
The main house has four bedrooms, seven bathrooms, features a den, wine cellar, media room and exercise space. Should you require more room to make a mess, the property also includes two guest houses. Outside you’ll find a swimming pool and spa as well as a putting green.
Click here to view a slideshow of Mickelson’s home on Golf.com.
Former Chicago Bulls star Scottie Pippen’s financial woes are no secret and might explain why he’s trying to sell his Ft. Lauderdale mansion. Pippen won’t be moving anytime soon though, considering the county valued his house at $3.9 million, which is substantially less than his $16 million asking price. Obviously numbers aren’t Pippen’s thing.
If you have 16 million doubloons to throw at Pippen’s house of financial ruin, here’s what you’ll get: nearly 10,000 square feet of house, six bedrooms, six bathrooms, a putting green and a pool with a freaking kickass water slide. Worrrrrth it!
New York Giants quarterback Eli Manning used some of his ill-timed interception cash to buy this 3,000-square-foot condo in Hoboken, New Jersey. The majestic views allow Manning to view Manhattan from a safe distance after a bad performance on the field.
What Manning’s condo lacks in garish excess, it makes up for in high-tech gadgets! The place is like a fully functioning robot designed to cater to Mr. and Mrs. Manning’s every technological desire.
Sure it’s no kickass water slide, but it’s still pretty sweet.
Click here to read about Eli’s tech-nerd dream home.
Hockey Hall of Famer Luc Robitaille recently removed his $2.6 million Utah home from the market. He probably decided to keep it because he needed somewhere to live after the bank foreclosed on his home in Santa Monica, California.
The nearly 10,000-square-foot log home estate sits on 13.5 acres and has six bedrooms and six bathrooms. Features include: an indoor gym with basketball and volleyball courts, a barn, pastures and a swimming pool with pool house!
The pool house alone has a bathroom, shower, fire pit and wet bar.
New York Yankees slugger Alex Rodriguez spent $6 million of his hard-earned bacon on this positively A-Rod-esque condo on New York City’s Upper West Side. Details on the five-bedroom condo are scarce, but it’s probably safe to assume that all of the rooms are custom-fitted with impressive mirrors in which A-Rod can gaze adoringly at his favorite baseball player.
The building’s amenities include: an indoor pool, fitness center, movie theater, billiards room library and a baseball field.
Click here to see more of A-Rod’s casa.
In 2009 Texans quarterback Matt Schaub parted with $2.85 million in kale for this 9,000 square-foot home in west Houston. The four-bedroom, six-bath house boasts a wet bar, game room, swimming pool, outdoor kitchen and a three-car garage.
It also comes with a loggia and fireplace. No clue what that is though.
T.O.’s house has six bedrooms, eight bathrooms and features: a home theater, recreational room, personal gym, outdoor kitchen, a resort-style swimming pool, volleyball court and a regulation basketball court.
And yes, the driveway is sufficient for an impromptu workout/press conference.
After signing a monster deal with the Dolphins, troubled superstar wide receiver Brandon Marshall parted with a huge pile of dead presidents to acquire this 12,000-square-foot mansion. Marshall and his stab-happy wife, Michi, spent $4.15 million on this six-bedroom, seven-bathroom home.
Marshall’s Miami mansion features: a home theater, gym, game room, swimming pool and spa, fire pit, sports court and a four-car garage.
In 2009 Braun dropped 4.8 million frogskins on this five-bedroom, seven-bathroom foreclosed Malibu mansion. The 7,500-square-foot home features: a home theater, swimming pool and spa, fountain, built-in BBQ, three fireplaces and panoramic ocean views.
Also included is a two-bedroom, one-bath guesthouse to stash unwanted visitors.
New York Yankees first baseman Mark Teixeira owns this 8,500-square-foot home in Westlake, Texas. Currently Teixeira is pulling in $15,000 a month for renting this five-bedroom, six-bathroom home to New Orleans Saints head coach Sean Payton.
Payton’s place features some pretty swell amenities: a massive game room with bar and deck, an infinity-pool-style hot tub, home theater, negative-edge swimming pool, outdoor kitchen and the state-mandated fire pit.
Click here to see more of Teixeira’s Texas castle.
For two years now, Lance Armstrong has been trying to unload his 4,200-square-foot vacation home in Dripping Springs, Texas. Armstrong initially listed the four-bedroom, four-bathroom home for 12 million big ones, but is now willing to accept a measly 8.5 million little ones.
The house is set on 450 acres and includes ownership in Deadman’s Hole, a natural swimming hole with a freaking waterfall!
Sure there’s more, but you had me at swimming hole.
Texas Rangers third baseman Adrian Beltre is trying, yet again, to sell his 16,600-square-foot Mediterranean-style home in California. Unfortunately, you’ll need some serious scratch if you want to take this massive $20 million mansion off his hands.
Although if you’ve got the Benjamins in the bank, this house will surely meet your needs. It’s got seven bedrooms and an excessive 14.25 bathrooms. Some of the home's other features include: an infinity pool, tennis and basketball courts, a lavish home theater, a recreation room with a batting case and small golf course and putting green.
There also is a 2,500-square-foot, three-bedroom guest house and a 1,300-square-foot pool cabana with full kitchen. This is just ridiculous.
After Pittsburgh Penguins center Mike Comrie married actress Hilary Duff in August 2010, the couple decided to downsize their living space when they purchased a 5,000-square-foot home in Beverly Hills. Actually, considering the pair still owned a 10,000-square-foot mansion in Toluca Lake, it might not be fair to call it downsizing.
Their recently re-listed property has five bedrooms, six bathrooms and is tucked securely behind a monster gate. For a reasonable 6.25 million bananas you could own this castle, which includes: a chef’s kitchen, game room, gym, wine cellar, billiard room, library and the absolutely necessary gift-wrapping room.
Additional custom features include heated floors, black marble countertops and an outdoor pool with a spa and fireplace.
Click here to see pictures of the couple's downsized $3.85 million mansion in Beverly Hills.
Retired tennis player, and bikini-wearing legend, Anna Kournikova recently put her luxurious Miami mansion up for sale. If you want to snap up her private island home in hopes of finding some stray naked photos or a sex tape left behind, it’ll set you back 9.4 million bones. That’s quite a pile of potatoes.
Located inside a gated community, the 6,630-square-foot home has seven bedrooms, eight bathrooms and is situated on half-an-acre. The home features a sweet pool, a sauna and spa, a covered outdoor entertaining area, an outdoor kitchen and BBQ and 156 feet of waterfront with glorious ocean views. It also includes a two-bedroom guesthouse that is undoubtedly bigger and fancier than your current domicile.
So is there anything this ballertronic hizzy doesn’t have? Yep! No tennis court. No surprise there.
In early 2010 New York Yankees aging legend Derek Jeter began construction on a waterfront mansion in Tampa, Florida. The land alone set Jeter back a hefty 7 million coconuts.
By early 2011 construction concluded; the massive 31,000-square-foot marvel is exactly the kind of home you’d expect the second-highest-earning player in baseball history to have. The seven-bedroom, nine-bathroom house features an enormous swimming pool, a billiards room, a memorabilia room and two three-car garages.
In late 2010 flashy soccer stud Cristiano Ronaldo purchased this minimalist Madrid mansion. Ronaldo and his young son live the good life with room to spare in this 8,600-square-foot home which has seven bedrooms and eight bathrooms.
At nearly 40,000 square feet, Vince Carter’s Windermere, Florida mega-mansion is so massive that it probably has its own zip code. The Phoenix Suns guard had the seven-bedroom, 15-bathroom home built in 2005 and spared no expense. A massive pool and an indoor regulation-sized basketball court are just two of the home’s features.
Carter’s mansion makes him the highest property taxpayer in all of Orlando, which means he really should get his own zip code if he wants it. Carter actually pays almost $100,000 more in taxes than the next few people on the list, including some guy named Shaquille R. O’Neal.
So what does all that scrilla buy you? The house of Jerry includes the following amenities: elevator, home theater, library, steam room, art studio, sauna, wine cellar, wet bar, home gym, swimming pool, guest house, seven-car garage and a state-of-the-art security system designed to protect your palace from local hooligans.
Click here to see the property listing.
Tiger Woods might be embarrassing himself on the golf course, but the fact that he comes home to a $50 million mansion probably soothes the pain. Woods dropped 35 million clams on the original estate and sunk in $15 million to renovate the property.
Additions to the property include: a full gym, a media room, a bar, an elevator, a reflecting pond and pool for swimming laps.
Click here to see a slideshow of Tiger’s mansion construction.
Considering New York Jets running back LaDainian Tomlinson is in the twilight of his career, you’d think he’d want a palatial California estate to reflect on his amazing career. Well apparently Tomlinson has other plans because he just put his 10,000-square-foot mansion on the market.
Who needs a resort-style pool with a bridge and waterfalls, an outdoor cabana with kitchen, mounted flat screens and outdoor heating anyway?
If you’ve got 5.2 million jellybeans to spare, you could take this four-bedroom, 4.5-bathroom abode off LT’s hands. The house also comes equipped with a state-of-the-art movie theater, a wine cellar and features a guesthouse, tennis courts and a full-sized basketball court with lights.
Since King James took his talents to South Beach, naturally he had to buy a mansion to house his talents. In December 2010 James spent $9 million on this modest pile of bricks in Miami’s ultra-exclusive Coconut Grove neighborhood.
With six bedrooms and 8.5 bathrooms, the house is over 12,000 square feet and includes: a wine cellar, a library, a home theater, three ovens, two Sub-Zero refrigerators, three wet bars, custom-made closets and a laundry room bigger than the average apartment in most major cities. That’s just inside…
Aside from a glorious infinity pool, the house, which has been called a “yachter’s paradise,” boasts a dock that can fit two 60-foot yachts. Ya know, just in case LeBron wants to buy a yacht and invite Diddy's yacht over for cocktails.
The house also includes two Bosch dishwashers...that reminds me...
Chris Bosh might be the least flashy of the Miami Heat’s Big Three on the court, but it’s D-Wade who is bringing up the rear in terms of Miami real estate. In September 2010 Bosh plunked down a cool $12.5 million on this ultra-modern, ultra-awesome mansion on Miami’s North Bay Road.
With seven bedrooms and eight bathrooms, the house is over 12,000 square feet and includes a guesthouse, a pool and a dock.
Please, just don't spill anything!
Anyone surprised to see Floyd “Money” Mayweather at the top of this list doesn’t know Floyd “Money” Mayweather. He certainly didn’t land on his nickname in an attempt to be ironic. Mayweather has made a fortune by kicking ass and taking names, and he's not afraid to show it off.
Mayweather’s Las Vegas custom-built playground is built on a golf course and is a massive 22,000 square feet! The five-bedroom, seven-bathroom home has pretty outlandish features, including: walls covered in silk, touch-screen video game consoles on the kitchen counters, a home movie theater that is two stories high, a 600-square-foot closet to house his fur coat collection and a massive garage to house his Lamborghini, two Rolls Royces, a Maybach and a $20,000 golf cart.
The master bedroom features a wet bar, a fireplace, an espresso machine and a balcony with a remote control misting system.
Mayweather, always very modest about money, went with only the absolute necessities.