Mega-Mansion Lineup: A Look at Boston’s Sports Stars Homes
Tom and Gisele are finally putting down roots in Massachusetts, with the purchase of a 5-plus-acre swath of Brookline land from Pine Manor College last spring. So how does the under-construction Patriots manor stack up against the areaâ€™s other major-league monstrosities?
Pats a Punch
Tom Brady and Gisele BĂĽndchen
Land value: $4.5 million
Roughly the size of their California home, Tom and Giseleâ€™s 14,317-square-foot Brookline manse is a study in restraintâ€¦if you compare it to John Henryâ€™s nearby abode. It will have five bedrooms, four bathrooms, plus a few more bells and whistles. But nothing specialâ€”a yoga studio, an outdoor infinity pool, a gym (hey, Tom: be sure to deduct that from your taxes), and a garage with a dog-washing station. Very sensible. We promise to come by with a casserole once youâ€™ve settled in.
Red Sox Ramble
John Henry and Linda Pizzuti
House value: $16 million
At 36,301 square feet, the coupleâ€™s six-bed, nine-bath copy-and-paste-style estate lords over the adjacent Sargent Pond in Brooklineâ€™s most exclusive neighborhood (yes, it is gated). After tearing down rival Frank McCourtâ€™s 13,000-square-foot Georgian-style abode in 2006, Henry built this grand example of, ahem, fine home construction. Amenities include a bowling alley, two separate kitchens, a â€śsports lounge,â€ť and a safe room. For when neighbors show up bearing casseroles, no doubt.
Property value: $21 million
Apologies. We feel a little sheepish bringing up Pallottaâ€™s McMansion yet againâ€”we dubbed it â€śThe House That Ate Westonâ€ť back in 2007. But hey, you know what? The house is still colossal by even the most jaded McMansion standards. Pallotta, a part owner of the Celtics, wedged a basketball court, 12-seat movie theater, multi-room wine cellar, and 10-car garage into his 27,000-square-foot tribute to Mammon. Construction destroyed the site, but pricey shrubbery can cover a multitude of sins.
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BUY YOUR OWN SPORTSÂ MANSE
Jeff Vinik, part owner of the Red Sox, is selling his 19,000-square-foot Weston house for $17 million. The abode comes with an indoor basketball court, 16-seat theater, heated pool, billiards room, wine cellar, and an â€śinteractiveâ€ť science-fiction-themed arcade.
Kevin Garnettâ€™s Concord home, listed at $4.85 million, is a modest 11,000 square feet. For that paltry sum, youâ€™ll get almost 13 acres, a wine cellar, a gym, and a media room.
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