Last week, Coldwell Banker BAIN Agent Lisa Boyd received the call of her life – her son was being called up to the Major Leagues.
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!
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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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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!
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Babies can change your life in a lot of ways. Sleep, meal times and just the sheer amount of stuff you have to trek with you are all part of the changes a baby makes in your life. But for Houston Astros outfielder, Dexter Fowler, his baby girl changed his entire concept of home.
Having been traded from the Colorado Rockies to the Houston Astros, the biggest thing on Fowler’s mind was finding a home that would suit his now growing family. From appliances to accessibility to baby safety, these were all things that now were of utmost importance in Dexter and his wife’s home.
We actually met with Fowler two days after he moved into his new home to shoot the video below. Fowler had just returned from a road trip and when he left he was in a different place only to come back to his new home. Clearly his wife is an insanely wonderful woman to handle a move and setting up for a video shoot on her own all while taking care of an infant, but Fowler credited her for making their new place feel like home from the minute he walked into it.
Closet space is extremely important for Dexter Fowler as he has a ridiculous amount of sneakers, and yes I’m kind of jealous. Step inside the home of Dexter Fowler and his family in the latest video in the Coldwell Banker Home Field Advantage series by watching below or clicking here to see all of our videos from MLB players.
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The following is a guest post from Elise Ramer with the Southeast region of Coldwell Banker companies.
Home is where you hang your baseball cap. Carlos Beltran, the New York Yankees outfielder, has worn his fair share of Major League Baseball team caps with many homes in different cities to hang them in. Now that Beltran is back in New York City, the town he loves, he has to part with the luxurious family estate he purchased in South Florida back in 2012. He was playing with the St. Louis Cardinals when he and his wife Jessica found the 13,316 square-foot home in the secluded neighborhood of Windmill Ranches Estates, just outside of Fort Lauderdale in suburban Weston, Florida.
The $4.5 million residence offers the finest attention to detail and craftsmanship. This builder’s custom designed masterpiece features eight bedrooms and nine and one half baths, set within a two-acre compound. Luxury features include an elevator, butler’s pantry, Mediterranean-style kitchen (plus a caterer’s kitchen), exercise and billiard room, library, loft, wine cellar, detached guest house and greenhouse. Built for the sports enthusiast, the residence also has a basketball court, putting green with sand trap and an oversize, negative edge pool with cabana. The landscaped grounds are meticulously manicured with lush tropical palms that frame the private pond and 7,000 square-foot patio with covered terrace.
“We really loved the Weston community and this home. It was our own estate, with plenty of land and privacy. This is a very family-friendly property with ample room for kids to play. The basketball court and putting green were just a few of our favorite spots on the property.”
Coldwell Banker Previews International associate, Giselle Bonetti has listed the home. No stranger to dealing with professional baseball players, Bonetti has worked with several MLB clients. She caters to the needs of the athlete and their family on a private concierge level. “We help them find a sanctuary of privacy, and will assist in coordinating every aspect of their move, from packing their belongings to hiring a nanny for their family.”
This home is ideal for the most discerning of buyers and is the dream family home. Click here to see more of this luxurious property and get full specs of the home.
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Yesterday, the MLB All Star lineups were announced for the National and American League, and quite a few players featured in the Coldwell Banker Home Field Advantage video series have made the team.
Adam Jones of the Baltimore Orioles is making his second appearance as a starter for the American League while the A’s Josh Donaldson (who’s video will debut later this month) is the first Oakland A’s player to be elected to start by the fans since Jason Giambi.
Possibly the most excited All Star next week will be Minnesota Twins closer, Glen Perkins. He is a Minnesota native who played high school and college baseball in his home state and will now get the opportunity to pitch in the mid-summer classic for his team in front of his hometown fans. Coldwell Banker will unveil Glen Perkins’ amazing story and home on the Monday before the All Star Game (July 14).
Congrats to all those players who made their first All Star Game (especially you Daniel Murphy!). Check out all the great videos of MLB’ players that are part of the Coldwell Banker Home Field Advantage series here.
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As a guy who constantly battles traffic on my commute to work everyday, I often envy those who have a home that’s within a convenient distance from their place of work. But after seeing where Toronto Blue Jays outfielder, Colby Rasmus, lives I believe he wins the prize for best commute.
He not only walks to work every day, but he can throw a baseball and hit his office if he wanted. Colby Rasmus lives in a gorgeous apartment right next to the Rogers Centre where the Blue Jays play all of their home games. And if that wasn’t enough his place has stunning views of the city with enough natural light to make any sun worshipper jealous.
When you see Rasmus’ video you’ll get a sense of how big a change living in metropolitan Toronto really is for him. Having grown up in a rural area and starting his career in the Midwest baseball Mecca of St. Louis, moving to not just a big city but another country can take some getting used to. Rasmus does call Toronto home now and has grown to love not just the place in which he resides, but the community as well.
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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.
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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!
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