In his nearly 14 years with the Phillies, Ryan Howard scooped up more than $190 million playing baseball. And, as it turns out, that kind of paycheck can be transfered to some pretty sweet real estate.
For a cosmic $16.5 million, the former Philadelphia first baseman has sold his three-story, 19,000-foot, gulf-front Florida mansion, setting the record for the priciest residential real-estate sale in Tampa Bay-area history.
The home, which resembles a castle, and its surrounding private grounds boast the mega-mansion standard fare: 200 feet on the Gulf of Mexico, a lazy river, waterfall, bar and grotto, bowling alley, home theater, “Napa-inspired” wine room, eight-car garage, eight bedrooms, seven bathrooms, four powder rooms, and a panic room.
Howard bought the property three years ago for $3.5 million, according to the Tampa Bay Times.
The buyer: Florida real estate investor and self-made millionaire Ben Mallah, who told the news organization he bought the mansion as a 15-year anniversary present for his wife.
Howard is a partner at SeventySix Capital, a Philadelphia venture capital firm, and has co-authored several children’s books with his wife, Krystle.
Click through the gallery below for a closer look at Howard’s former mega-mansion.