Originally posted on Philly Sports Live  |  Last updated 4/12/12
At 6 feet, 4 inches and 255 pounds, Ryan Howard of the Philadelphia Phillies is one of the biggest sluggers in the game. In a few years, he’ll have a house to match. Last month, Howard received approval for the construction of a 17,500-square foot home in Belleair Shore, Fla., which is less than 10 miles from the Phillies’ spring training home in Clearwater. The massive luxury home will sit on a one-acre Gulf-front lot that was vacant for three years before Howard purchased the site. The home’s design plans were revealed at a Town Commission meeting last July, according to the Belleair Bee. Crossing Broad, a Philly-based blog, estimates the value of the home could approach $23 million. Special features include “a Venice-style lazy river running from the swimming pool underneath a series of bridges” and a bowling alley on the ground level with breakaway walls, architect Dan Dawson said. The architect also said the home could take up to four years to build, much longer than the maximu...
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