No Worries At Home For Denard Span

In last week’s Homefield Advantage video, we were welcomed into the home of Kansas City Royals star, Lorenzo Cain.  We are continuing the trend this week by profiling another sure-handed center fielder – the Washington Nationals’ Denard Span!

Being a gold-glove caliber center fielder and last year’s co-National League hit leader* for the Washington Nationals is no walk in the park. That is why Denard Span kicks up his spikes and gets comfortable in his Tampa, Florida home with girlfriend, Shadonna Copeland whenever he can. Home to Denard and Shadonna means first and foremost, family. Since Tampa also happens to be Denard’s hometown, driving around his neighborhood and passing his childhood home – where his mother still lives – brings back all of his best memories growing up playing the game he loves.

As Denard hilariously puts it, in his home, the kitchen is the REAL place where it “goes down”. And he is not complaining that it is Shadonna’s favorite room in the house too! As we continue on our tour, the upstairs entertainment room is a “man’s man” oasis. With an abundant sports memorabilia collection, pool table, theater and gym, like center field in Nationals Park, the upstairs is Denard’s territory.

How will Denard and Shadonna solve the dilemma of man cave extension or play pen for future babies with their extra room? Click the video above to find out!  And click here to see the rest of Coldwell Banker’s 2015 Homefield Advantage line-up!

 

 

*Tied with Philadelphia Phillies outfielder Ben Revere with 184 hits.

 

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Life At Home For Kansas City Royals Centerfielder Lorenzo Cain Is Truly A Family Affair

Like many of us, home for Lorenzo Cain is all about family, laughter and good food. Unlike many of us, Cain also happens to be the reigning 2014 American League Championship Series MVP. While he is certainly a fierce competitor and teammate on the field, the Kansas City Royals center fielder is about as laid back as it comes at home. In between enjoying video games with friends and watching movies, “Lo-Cain” and wife Jenny’s newest excitement is their newborn son, Cameron. Like many new mothers, Jenny admits that her favorite room in the house is the baby room which she personalized and painted herself.

While the Royals came up just short in the 2014 World Series, the experience of the playoffs as a whole allowed Lorenzo to share his home with those who mean the most to him. His mother, a Florida native, used her son’s house as her own “home base” as she was able to see Lorenzo’s many playoff games, and help care for her infant grandson in the offseason.  In each year that passes in the big leagues, it is clear how honored Lorenzo is to have the ability to give back to those who supported him – none more so than his mother, who he recently thanked by buying her a home of her own.

Being on the road offers its many difficulties, but knowing that his family and support system are secure at home gives Lo-Cain peace of mind when he throws on the #6 Royals’ jersey. Watch the video above to learn more about Lorenzo Cain at home, and click here to see the rest of the lineup of Coldwell Banker’s Home Field Advantage video series!

 

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Shane Victorino Gives a Glimpse Into His Las Vegas Home

Within seconds of being invited into their home, one immediately grasps that family, or ohana in his native tongue, is the most important thing for former Phillies great, and current Boston Red Sox outfielder Shane Victorino, and his wife, Melissa.  In the second video of the 2015 Coldwell Banker Home Field Advantage video series, the twelve year Major League veteran and his wife share how a home provides the perfect opportunity to instill family values and teach an appreciation for their success in their children.

In a location perfectly situated in between his place of work on the east coast and his home state of Hawaii, the Victorinos call Las Vegas home.  Although during the season many major leaguers are away from their homes for weeks on end, the two-time All-Star and four-time Gold Glove award winner shares how he always keeps his home and family in mind no matter where he is taking the field.

The Flyin’ Hawaiian also shows off some one of a kind memorabilia, and a custom built aquarium made by their kid’s classmate’s famous parent.  Although he is originally from Hawaii, Victorino shows us why his home in the desert has become the 9th island.

Check out the Shane Victorino’s video above or take a look at some of the other videos in the Coldwell Banker Home Field Advantage video series here!

 

 

Header image via Flickr user Keith Allison.

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Coldwell Banker Teams Up with SNY on Play Ball Initiative

When you buy a home, you’re buying more than just four walls, you’re buying into a community.  Our communities are an extension of our homes.  They shape our upbringing, our memories and our daily lives.  It’s where we walk the dog, it’s where we go to school, and it’s where we root on our local little league team.

Community is synonymous with home.  This is particularly true for our network of Coldwell Banker real estate agents.  Because in real estate where we work is also where we live.

That’s why Coldwell Banker is proud to be a title sponsor of the Play Ball initiative with SNY, which aims to give back to communities, specifically through youth sports programs. This baseball season, SNY is teaming up with Coldwell Banker and the Mets to award grants, donate equipment, conduct a clinic at Citi Field, invite youth to a Mets game and help provide employee volunteers for a league project.

Learn more about this sponsorship and the importance of community in the below segment featured first on LXTV Open House.

Looking for a community you can call home?  Visit coldwellbanker.com today.

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Royals or Giants: A Real Estate Dilemma for the World Series

Giants or Royals? That’s the question being posed to baseball fans across the country. If you picked the Kansas City Royals and San Francisco Giants to be facing off in the fall classic, you are an extraordinarily prescient person.

As you probably know at Coldwell Banker Real Estate, we’re big fans of baseball. The metaphor of home is prevalent throughout the game and the baseball season perfectly coincides with the prime real estate buying and selling season. Plus our partnership with MLB.com for the Coldwell Banker Home Field Advantage video series has pushed us even further into the baseball paradigm.

So who are we picking to win the World Series? Ugh. Tough decision. Let’s look at the facts.

The Giants are from our hometown of San Francisco where Coldwell Banker was founded back in 1906, but the Royals represent our favorite colors: blue and white.

The Royals are the underdogs with the never quit style of play much like our own mindset here at Coldwell Banker, and they haven’t lost a playoff game at home (or on the road for that matter).

The Giants have one of the best homes in all of baseball at AT&T Park. Perfect waterfront location with tons of amenities and a ridiculously large slide in the back for the kids…or adults. But then the Royals have a spectacular waterfall and fountain in their yard.

The Royals come with a Butler. The Giants have Brandon Belt who was part of the Coldwell Banker Home Field Advantage video series.

San Francisco is always one of the most luxurious real estate markets in the U.S. and Kansas City is one of the most affordable places to live.

Dinner at home in San Francisco could be a nice sourdough bread bowl of chowder. Or we could have some KC BBQ with the Royals?

It’s a tough decision to make, but the series is sure to be a good one. Will the Royals lose a game? Can the Giants continue this “every 2 years win a World Series” streak? In either case, the World Series trophy will be brought to someone’s home before the end of the month.

Who’s your pick to win? Let us know in the comments.

 

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Baltimore Orioles’ Star Adam Jones Knows What It Means to Touch Home

All Star outfielder, Adam Jones, knows what it means to come home. From home runs to runs scored, Jones has put his stamp on home plate more times than most in the high powered American League East. But when it came time to create a home of his own, the first person he turned to was his mom.

Having grown up in inner city San Diego, Jones credits his mother and his home for shaping him into the man he is today. So when made it to the majors the first home he bought was not for himself, but for his mom.

Jones recently added a home to call his own in the Baltimore area after having signed a contract extension with the Orioles, he felt it was time to set down some roots. In the video below you’ll find that Adam Jones was looking for a “relaxed environment” that would make his ideal home. It’s a place for him to relax after those extended road trips and he comments on how after renting place after place, it was truly a great feeling to be able to call a place his own.

Check out the video below from Adam Jones below or click here to explore videos from other Major League Baseball players in the Coldwell Banker Home Field Advantage video series.

 

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Rockies Pitcher Latroy Hawkins Shows Us His ‘Home Base’

With last week’s launch of our Coldwell Banker Homefield Advantage series with MLB.com, we were offered an up close look at the homes of CC Sabathia and Pirates slugger Neil Walker. Our series continues this week as Latroy and Anita Hawkins open the doors to their jaw-dropping mansion in Houston, Texas.

Latroy Hawkins has pitched for 11 Major League teams and travels quite often, but he always has home on his mind; so much so that he tries to come home whenever the Rockies have an off day. His profession keeps him away from family and his dream home, but when the gates to “Casa de Hawkins” open up, he knows that the hard work and sacrifices are all worth it.

Latroy may not be a top 10 pitcher but as you’ll see in this week’s video, he has a top 10 home. The Hawkins family custom built their dream home and it is no surprise at all to see why he loves being there. It features a massive home set on sprawling grounds that feature a pool and a basketball court!

Check out Latroy Hawkins’ video below or click here to see videos of other baseball players that are part of the Coldwell Banker Home Field Advantage series.

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Coldwell Banker and MLB.com Debut Home Field Advantage Video Series

Baseball and home. They go together like ice cream and apple pie. Pepperoni and pizza.  Willie and Mays.

Home is an element heard throughout baseball lore. Of course you have home plate, a home run and you root, root, root for the home team. But there’s also the symbolism of every ballpark having the fence, “going yard,” and the beautifully landscaped lawns.

Yes, home and baseball were meant to be together.

Out of all the professional sports, baseball players are the ones that spend the most time away from home. Their season is the longest and they play just as many games away as they do at home. For them being at home holds a special place in their hearts and we at Coldwell Banker Real Estate wanted to explore that feeling a bit further.

Through our partnership with MLB.com, tomorrow we will unveil a first of its kind video series called Coldwell Banker Home Field Advantage that will allow you to look inside the homes of some of baseball’s most talented players to see not just how their homes look, but what makes being home so special.

This 13 part video series will take you through the homes of Yankees pitcher CC Sabathia, White Sox slugger Adam Dunn, Dodgers great Steve Garvey and many more. Having seen some of these videos already I can tell you that while the theme of the videos are all the same, each one has a different take on what makes being home so great.

We hope you’ll enjoy seeing some of your favorite Major Leaguers off the field and in their homes as much as you do seeing them on the mound or at the plate.

Visit blog.coldwellbanker.com/homefield starting on May 14 to check out all of these amazing videos and come back every Wednesday to see a new player video be unveiled.

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Real Estate Headlines for the Week of the MLB All Star Game

Ah the Mid-Summer Classic is upon us. The unofficial halfway point of the baseball season also ushers in what’s usually some of the hottest days of the year and the slowest days in sports. But before you choose to settle in or completely ignore the Major League Baseball All Star Game, here’s your weekly dose of real estate headlines:

How hot is the real estate market? Here’s an example of a 30% overbid on a home for sale.

Gen Rent? Try Gen Own. New report from National Association of Realtors shows younger generations are more likely to buy a home.

Trendy homes on tiny lots is the latest craze to hit the streets of Los Angeles.

Yahoo Finance explains how to buy a home for $15,000. Excuse me while I go memorize this article…

Foreclosures are at the lowest level in 7 years.

Would you invest $100,000 in renovations for a home…you rent?

TheBillfold has a really interesting first-hand account of what it’s like to buy a house with your boyfriend in the current real estate market.

How would you like to own a home that is partially buried…on purpose?

And finally Casa Sugar has some ideas on how to still use your fireplace as a design focal point even in the summer months.

How to Make Your Lawn Look Like a Baseball Outfield

The greatest lawn cutters on the planet earth work at Major League Baseball parks. The outfield grass at these pro stadiums is unbelievable. It glistens in the sun and has those perfect stripes in the grass.

As I watch baseball games from around the majors, with the exception of Colorado and Minnesota where apparently they like to still play April baseball in the snow, these fields look immaculate already and I wondered if there was a way to replicate some of their tactics on my own home’s lawn.

I did a little digging online and found this pretty entertaining and useful video from LawnCareMidwest.com. The video is relatively short and they share a pretty simple tip to enhance your lawn mower so that it can more easily create those great lawn stripes and patterns in your front lawn.

Take a look at the video above and let us know in the comments if you have some of your own tips and tricks to make your lawn look as good as a Major League Baseball outfield.

 

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