There are quite a lot of vacation homes that athletes own. This has to do with the fact that athletes are constantly moving from one professional team to the next and sometimes need a place to escape. However, once retired, some athletes will stay in the same place or buy a permanent home in a desired location. Many who play in cold-weather markets will also have a home in Miami, San Diego or other tropical spots.
Deion Sanders and Jerry Rice, for example, have sold their homes and made millions in their real estate investment. There are several reasons why athletes would want to put their homes up for sale or keep their homes. Some may want to go bigger and some may be tired of paying exorbitant taxes that some states charge, especially if it is a home that they have not resided in for years. So many athletes have their own personal taste. Some will go all out to make their home more attractive by adding golf courses, movie theaters, gyms, basketball courts and steam rooms. It all depends on their lifestyle. Even though Jerry Rice listed and sold his home for a whopping $16 million, he is not included on the list because this list is about athletes who currently own and live in their vacation homes.
The home values are based on the length of time that the home is owned and what the home was bought for. In some cases, the estimated value is dependent on what homes are selling for in the area. Each year, athletes rake in millions of dollars from endorsements, contracts and fees related to public appearances. They can afford these pricey homes and they don’t hold back in treating themselves. Kobe Bryant, Floyd Mayweather, Michael Jordan and Venus Williams are among some of the athletes who do not care if you are upset about their spending habits when it comes to owning a home. Let’s see who made this list.
21 Ray Rice – New Rochelle, New York
20 Floyd Mayweather, Jr – Las Vegas, Nevada
19 Maria Sharapova - Longboat Key, Florida
18 Adam Jones – Baltimore, Maryland
17 Kevin Durant – Miami Beach Condo
16 Matt Leinart – Manhattan Beach
15 Manny Pacqiao – Kiamba, Sarangani
14 Amar'e Stoudemire, Miami, Florida
13 Shaquille O'Neal – Windermere, Florida
12 Chad Johnson – Davie, Florida
11 Sammy Sosa – Golden Beach, Florida
10 LeBron James – Coconut Grove, Miami
9 Grant Hill, Isleworth, Florida
8 Cristiano Ronaldo - Madrid, Spain
7 Manny Ramirez – Weston, Florida
6 Hanley Ramirez – Weston, Florida
5 Derek Jeter – Tampa, Florida
Legendary New York Yankees shortstop Derek Jeter purchased a vacation getaway in Tampa, Florida, which features seven bedrooms and nine bathrooms. It has a swimming pool and dock in the backyard. The baseball star also owns a property in North Tampa in the gated golf community of Avila. He paid $1 million for the home and uses it as another hideaway. In 2012, Jeter sold his extravagant penthouse that was located in the Trump World Tower. It was sold for $15.5 million. Everyone is wondering where Jeter stays when he is in New York. It is yet to be discovered.
4 Michael Jordan – Lake Norman
The one and only Michael Jordan owns several homes. In Lake Norman, he bought a lakefront home for $2.8 million. It is 12,310 square feet with tons of amenities and beautiful panoramic view. It features a spa room, game rooms, large living room, vaulted ceilings, exercise room, entertainment room and much more. Jordan can switch to his Highland Park home in Chicago when he needs to get away. He could also go to his Jupiter, Florida mansion or his Chicago penthouse.
2 Tom Brady – Costa Rica
New England Patriots quarterback, Tom Brady is living every dream imaginable. He's the reigning Super Bowl MVP and he's married to model Gisele Bundschen, the NFL star loves to take vacations in Costa Rica where he and his wife own a second home. It is the most amazing getaway when the couple wants to unwind. To know that it is always there is enough to provide peace of mind. The serenity and relaxation is to die for. It is a gem that Gisele discovered when she was looking for a place that would entertain her quest for healthy living. The couple had their second wedding at this location.
1 David Beckham - West London, Britain
Retired Manchester United/LA Galaxy soccer player, David Beckham now lives in the United States – Beverly Hills, California to be exact. However, both he and his actress wife, Victoria Beckham own another home in Kensington. It is valued at US $57.1 million. The home is more than 150 years old and 9,000 in square feet. It features seven bedrooms and five bathrooms with a panic room. Since purchasing, the home has been hardly altered on the exterior.
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