Second time’s the charm: A sale agreement in 2014 fell through, but this time, a buyer looking to upsize successfully closed on buying Phillies first baseman Ryan Howard’s Blue Bell home. | Image via Bristol Real Estate
The Phillies may currently be in a slump, but first baseman Ryan Howard is doing fine, for this time around, he has found a buyer for his spacious estate in Blue Bell.
The final sale price of $2.525 million is a little bit below Howard’s asking price of $2.69 million for this second listing — the first was in 2014 — but it nonetheless represents the highest sale price for a home in the Wissahickon School District in nearly three years, according to agent Cary Simons Nelson of Kurfiss Sotheby’s International Realty, which represented the buyer in the transaction. Read more »
Police have cited and arrested the man they say threw a beer bottle at Ryan Howard during a Phillies game against the Milwaukee Brewers on Saturday, June 4th.
Sidney Smith, 21, of Wilmington, Delaware, turned himself in at the South Detective Division on Friday, according to police. He was issued a summary citation for disorderly conduct and released. Read more »
I was sitting on the banks of the Schuylkill River with my boyfriend, Brad, and our friend Conor last year, outside of the Art Museum, when Conor said: “What was the best day of your life?” Conor and Brad were smoking cigars, which seemed to incline them both toward philosophical reflection. Brad said, “The day the Phillies won the World Series.” I said, “Me too!” Only we were talking about two different days.
I was referring to the 1980 victory, which I watched on a small TV with my dad and other customers at Towne Pizza at 19th and Pine. Everyone went absolutely bonkers, including my dad, who never cared at all about sports. Of course, the victory wasn’t about baseball, per se. It was about Philadelphia. It was also pure joy unfettered by knowledge (I was 12), and it suffused my entire body. Read more »
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Police are investigating after a fan allegedly threw a beer bottle at Ryan Howard during Saturday’s game against the Milwaukee Brewers.
Howard alerted a security guard when an aluminum Bud Light Lime bottle landed near his feet during his walk back to the dugout – he’d just grounded out in the ninth inning, the Inquirer reports. Read more »
The House of Howard resides in Blue Bell. | Images via Bristol Real Estate
After a rough couple of seasons, the Phillies are turning things around so far this year, sitting at 16-11 after a 1-0 victory over the Cardinals in St. Louis Tuesday night. The one run came on a home run off the bat of Ryan Howard, who already has six on the season.
It looks like Ryan is trying to take the positive vibes from the plate into the real estate market, as Philly.com reports that he has recently put his home in Blue Bell back on the market. Howard, who also has property in Rittenhouse, tried to sell the home in 2014. Like the Phils were in 2014, however, he was uncuccessful.
Now, after a significant price cut, it’s back on the market. The home has six bedrooms, seven full and one half bathrooms and 8,921 square feet of interior space, and was refurbished last year for $500,000. The first floor has hardwood flooring and a gourmet kitchen with handcrafted cabinets, granite counters and a butler’s pantry with copper sink and wine cooler between the kitchen and dining room. The home also comes with a walkout basement, a gym, a movie theater and a sauna. Outside, a manicured lawn frames the house’s stone exterior. In the back, there’s a large slate and brick patio, a pool, pool house and fire pit.
THE FINE PRINT
BATHS: 7 full, 1 half
SQUARE FEET: 8,921
ADDITIONAL INFO: It’s got a three-car attached garage and a three-car detached garage that has a finished area with a full bath above it.
501 Deerfield Ct., Blue Bell, Pa. 19422
Philadelphia Phillies first baseman Ryan Howard (6) runs the bases after hitting a two RBI home run during the third inning against the Chicago Cubs at Citizens Bank Park. | Bill Streicher-USA TODAY Sports
Phillies’ first baseman Ryan Howard is denying an Al Jazeera report he used performance enhancing drugs, and his attorney is threatening to sue the TV network for the allegations. The source of Al Jazeera’s report has recanted his allegations.
William Burck. the attorney for both Howard and the Washington Nationals’ Ryan Zimmerman — also named in the report — told 6ABC court action could be forthcoming. Read more »
The Daily News has a big story today about Phillies first baseman Ryan Howard and his legal fight over money with family members. It’s a bit complex — based on suits and counter-suits (which you can read below), and props to reporter David Murphy for untangling it all — so let’s try to break it down to its component pieces:
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These are the saddest of possible words:
“Rollins to Utley to Howard”
Trio of Phillies, all in their thirties,
Rollins and Utley and Howard.
An NL East dynasty turned into rubble
If they’re all back next year, problems may double
Words that are heavy with nothing but trouble:
“Rollins and Utley and Howard”
With apologies to Franklin Pierce Adams
The Philadelphia Phillies finished up their season yesterday the same way they finished the last three: Out of the playoffs. The Phils finished with a 73-89 record for the second consecutive year. In yesterday’s finale, Cole Hamels pitched well and took the loss — an event that happened far too often for a pitcher that posted a 2.46 ERA in 30 starts but finished with just a 9-9 record.
With the Phillies out of the playoffs, I thought I’d share some of my favorite animated GIFs I made of Phillies games this season.
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Days after reporting his Blue Bell home was pending sale and speculating to where the Big Piece was headed, we now find out his beachfront estate, which reportedly rang up to $5.8 million in construction costs, is closer to completion than we imagined.
Situated just 10 miles from the Phillies’ spring training complex in Clearwater, the home will include two kitchens, two elevators, three laundry rooms, bowling alley, wine room, two-story library, and (you can take moment to catch your breath now) a trophy room, according to the Tampa Bay Times.
And then there are the doorknobs: Read more »
Exterior shot of Ryan Howard’s Blue Bell home.
Ryan Howard’s custom-made home in Montgomery County, placed on the market in June, is now pending sale. The deal is expected to close sometime in August, according to Philly.com. What does it mean? Where is Howard going? When? Will the Phils release him?
From a baseball standpoint, we don’t know right now. But from a real estate standpoint, we do know this: He’s certainly not going to live in his still-in-construction 20-room Florida mansion. He used to spend time in Rittenhouse Square, where pals Cliff Lee and Jonathan Papelbon settled, as PhillyChitChat’s HughE Dillon noted in October:
Whatever the case, the sale of his Deerfield Estates home is a lucky break. The property may have attracted more curious fans than actual potential buyers in the beginning, as hinted by the listing’s closing line: “Only qualified buyers, please. Listing agent must accompany…”
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