Women have become high-profile money makers in the world of sports. The popularity of women’s athletics such as basketball, golf, tennis and even mixed martial arts has grown exponentially over the past several years. More and more people are enjoying the marvelous abilities of female athletes as they compete at the highest levels.
Female athletes are also enjoying the ever-increasing amounts of money that women’s sports offer. They have become the faces of many products through endorsements which provide them with even more wealth. When a high-level athlete has the looks, the talent, and the business savvy, they are in a great position to capitalize. A good example is MMA fighter Gina Carano who gained fame through her skills in the octagon. She has parlayed her MMA success into a thriving acting career that is complimented by product endorsements.
Like their male counterparts, professional female athletes are able to enjoy some of the finer things in life. They wear designer clothes, drive luxurious automobiles, travel first-class and can be seen rubbing elbows with the most influential people. With proper financial planning, even a flash-in-the-pan can live a comfortable life.
Real estate has historically been a good investment and there are a lot of female athletes buying palatial estates in the most affluent communities. A lot of these mansions come with all the bells and whistles like swimming pools, gyms, spas, fireplaces and plenty of living space. Multiple bedrooms and bathrooms are a common theme as are plush guest and servant quarters. Here are some of the most luxurious mansions owned by female athletes.
15. Natalie Gulbis
Known for her stunning looks as well as her golf talents, Natalie Gulbis has made nearly $5 million in prize money alone. She is also married to Power Balance co-founder Josh Rodarmel whose company went bankrupt in 2011. It’s a good thing Natalie is so successful because it allowed them to purchase their home in Newport Beach for $1.4 million in cash. That’s right, no pesky mortgage payments. All cash.
The house is a modest 1,500 square feet and has an updated kitchen with marble counter tops, three bedrooms, and two large bathrooms. The living room has marble floors and a marble fireplace while the master bedroom also has a fireplace and balcony. She can sit in her garden patio area which is fenced in to provide maximum privacy.
14. Hope Solo
One of the most high-profile members of the US women’s national soccer team, Hope Solo has been ducking the media recently in light of domestic violence allegations. It’s a good thing she has such a nice house to hide away in. Situated in Kirkland, Washington, her 5,330 square foot mansion, which is surrounded by forest, has 4 bedrooms and 3 ½ bathrooms. It includes a heated outdoor swimming pool with a wrap-around deck that provides eye-catching views of Lake Washington. Other must-haves include a wet bar, hot tub, patio, a gazebo and a chicken coop. Hope loves to have fresh eggs in the morning.
She also has a pretty good security system comprised of her two faithful Dobermans and 6’7” ex-Seahawk Jerramy Stevens.
13. Candice Warner
This 31-year-old professional ironwoman began competing in the Ironman series at the age of 14. She is known for having incredible stamina as well as an appetite for rugby players. She married cricketer Dave Warner in 2015 before the pair moved into their $6.5 million three-level South Coogee mansion.
Their new oceanfront digs has 6 bedrooms and 5 bathrooms with a marble kitchen and a spacious living room. There is a roomy terrace and reflective pool from where 180-degree views of the ocean and world famous beaches can be had.
12. Diana Taurasi
One of the best ever WNBA players, Diana Taurasi joined other prominent athletes by purchasing a $3.3 million dollar three-story mansion in Manhattan Beach. Situated on an elevated lot near the ocean, Taurasi’s new pad is a plantation-style three-story house that features 2,040 square feet of open living space and plenty of room to house all of her trophies. There are three bedrooms, three bathrooms, a spa, spacious walk-in closets and a beautiful ocean facing balcony. Other elegant features include hardwood flooring, a custom kitchen with Calcutta marble countertops and a limestone fireplace. Her large master bathroom features a soaking tub and limestone floors. There is no mention of any basketball hoops hanging on the walls.
11. Caroline Wozniacki
Her young tennis career has already seen her make over $20 million and the former #1 seed knows how to spend it. She recently bought herself an opulent $1.7 million penthouse suite in Miami Beach. With prime views of the ocean, the house, which was bought fully furnished, features three bedrooms, three bathrooms and a lot of living space spread over its 1,847 square feet. There is also 1,500 square feet of terrace space which offers stunning views of the water. There is plenty of marble flooring and a fireplace to warm up next to. The living area boasts vaulted a ceiling and the updated kitchen is decked out with the latest stainless-steel appliances. Her new pad is the perfect place for her to get over the recent heartbreak of being dumped by Rory McElroy.
10. Victoria Azarenka
If you ask women’s tennis star Victoria Azarenka what $7 million can buy, she will likely tell you that $7 million can buy a really nice house in Manhattan Beach, California. The blonde beauty has won over $25 million in prize money and used some of that to purchase her 4,280 square foot, four bedroom, four and a half bathroom mansion. The house is a combination limestone, concrete and glass with plenty of wood accents. The mansion boasts a home automation system, high-efficiency heating and cooling and a number of other high-tech systems. The three-story house also features a gym, staff quarters, fireplaces and a ritzy glass elevator. She can enjoy views of Manhattan Beach and Catalina Island from her terrace as she and her guests sip on beverages from the wet bar.
9. Jelena Jankovic
Jelena Jankovic has built a successful career as a professional tennis player. She entered the top 100 rankings in 2003 and hasn’t looked back, earning nearly $20 million in prize money alone. After a few years of construction, Jelena moved into her newly constructed 20,000 square foot mansion that is nestled snugly in a cul-de-sac. Her sprawling estate, located in Rancho Santa Fe, is something to behold. It has eight bedrooms, a pool, a gym, a theater and a 10 car garage. She can also practice on her own private tennis court. She admits that the house is too big for her own good but justifies the size by saying that she has lots of guests stay with her.
8. Cristie Kerr
LPGA star Cristie Kerr is the proud owner of 18 tour wins and two major championships. Her career earnings top $15 million. Kerr married businessman Erik Stevens in 2006 and the happy couple love to entertain. With 4,400 square feet of living space they can accommodate large gatherings at their Mirabel Club mansion in Scottsdale, Arizona. She also has plenty of room to display her hardware.
The Territorial-style house is located in close proximity to a Tom Fazio designed golf course allowing Cristie to enjoy plenty of golf.
7. Ana Avanovic
Ana Avanovic has seen a few peaks and valleys since her professional tennis career began in 2003. Regardless, since she turned pro, she has eclipsed the $15 million mark in prize money. After visiting, and subsequently falling in love with, Mallorca in 2006, she used €4.5 million of these winnings to buy a prestigious 950 square meter home. It is a two-story dwelling with four bedrooms, three bathrooms, and a spacious living area. On the main floor there is a living room, kitchen with dining area and the master bedroom. The house offers fantastic views of the surrounding paradise. She has many plans for upgrades and renovations which she looks forward to completing.
6. Paula Creamer
Paula Creamer has been a big name in ladies’ professional golf since her debut in 2004. With 10 careers tournament wins and earnings of over $10 million, she continues to play at a high level. When she is not on the golf course, she can be found in her 4,000 square foot villa which has three bedrooms, three bathrooms, an indoor pool, two fireplaces and heated spa. If you’re lucky enough to be invited for a few days, you will likely be accommodated in her luxurious guest cabana. Her house is located in the community of Isleworth, just outside of Orlando.
5. Yani Tseng
Yani Tseng has been going through a bit of a slump in her professional golf career but she is still a force and, at 27 years old, she has plenty of time to recapture her game. She lives in a beautiful house in Lake Nona, near Orlando Florida which she bought from Annika Sorenstam. The house has six bedrooms, seven and a half bathrooms, a swimming pool, a fireplace and a dock. She has a spacious 9,237 square feet of luxury living space. The interior has a roomy open design with lots of windows to enjoy the views. Lake Nona is a well-known and upscale golfing community, so Yani can get lots of practice in her own back yard.
4. Anna Kournikova
She never won a singles title during her short career but she was one of the most popular female tennis players to ever play. Serious back problems ended Anna Kournikova’s professional career when she was only 21. If you want to see her play, you will need to find her either competing in exhibition matches or playing for fun on her very own backyard tennis court.
Anna now lives on “Millionaire’s Row” in the swanky Bay Point area of Miami. She shares her recently built 20,000 square foot home with musician Enrique Iglesias. On top of the sweeping views of the bay, this $26 million mansion includes a waterfront swimming pool, a dock and Jacuzzi. The elaborate landscape design provides luscious scenery and a bit of privacy for the two lovers. The interior design has been closely guarded by the reclusive couple but it is safe to say that there is plenty of room to both entertain and find solitude.
3. Danica Patrick
Danica Patrick has made a name for herself in the male-dominated auto racing profession. She has earned over $15 million in prize money and millions more in endorsements such as her long-running stint as the face of GoDaddy. That kind of money can buy a lot of things including a 9,000 square foot mansion which could probably house a racetrack. Of course, it doesn’t, but it does have two garages, an exercise compound and a theatre that has five big flat-screen televisions. What would a mansion in Arizona be without a pool? Don’t ask Danica because her house has one. She bought the house in 2007 for an estimated $4.06 million.
2. Venus and Serena Williams
Two of the most dominating names in tennis for nearly 20 years, Venus and Serena Williams have combined to earn well over $100 million in prize money and millions more through endorsements. They are very close off the court and share a 10,700 square foot mansion in West Palm Beach’s swanky Ballen Isles.
After purchasing the home in 1998 for $525,000 they did some serious remodeling and upgrades. Their home now features six bedrooms, seven bathrooms, a gazebo and two swimming pools. The house was valued at $4.5 million in 2015. What? No indoor tennis court?
1. Maria Sharapova
A seventeen-year-old Maria Sharapova stormed onto the tennis scene in 2004 when she defeated Venus Williams to win the Wimbledon Tournament. She has gone on to enjoy a stellar career in professional tennis which has netted her several trophies, titles and close to $40 million in prize moneu. This has allowed her to live a pretty nice lifestyle that includes owning a two-story Mediterranean-style home in Longboat Key, Florida.
She purchased the home in 2007 for $2.6 million. Surrounded by elegant landscape designs, the house features four bedrooms, a fireplace, a swimming pool and a dock. The blonde beauty has recently become entangled in doping allegations. She can find solace in the fact that she has a big private place to hide out in.
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