May 04, 2016
Beleaguered Phillies veteran Ryan Howard, off to an uneven start in an otherwise impressive first month of the 2016 season, has listed his Blue Bell home for sale again, marking the second time he's done so since 2014.
Now in his 13th and likely final season with the Phils, Howard, 36, listed the 8,900-square-foot property for $2.69 million, a $250,000 price cut from the $2.95 million he was asking in 2014.
Howard purchased the home, situated in a cul-de-sac, for $2.3 million in March of 2009. The listing at Zillow describes the home as follows:
Extraordinary home in coveted Blue Bell, set in a cul-de-sac area. Home totally refurbished in 2015 at a cost of $500,000 by Great Estates. It's just like buying a new house. This home boasts 6 bedrooms & 7.5 baths. Every imaginable upgrade for the most discerning buyer.
Apart from a fully finished basement with a granite top bar and wine cellar, the property boasts a brick patio, a fire pit, a pool, a sauna, five fireplaces, a master bedroom suite, two gyms, and a "luxurious movie room equipped w/roomy leather chairs."
Howard was listed as Forbes' number 40 highest paid athlete in 2015. He's earning $25.6 million in 2016 and the Phillies will have to pay him another $10 million to buy out his contract in 2017. Meanwhile, former Philllie Chase Utley last week put his Gladwynne Colonial home, formerly owned by Sixers Hall of Famer Allen Iverson, on the market for $3,495,000.
While Howard is shedding Pennsylvania property, he still owns a 4,166-square-foot Rittenhouse condo and is close to completing a nearly $5.8 million mansion near Clearwater in Florida. If Howard — who deserves a prime place in Phillies history — is shown the door at or before the end of the year, as expected, that Florida home will suit him well: he budgeted $80,000 for door knobs alone.