Ryan Howard’s Home in Blue Bell Sells This Time
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.
That buyer is getting one splendid home: 8,921 square feet of interior space on two acres of land. The manse has six bedrooms, seven full bathrooms and three half bathrooms, including a half bath in the pool house and a bathroom in the guest quarters over the detached three-car garage. (There’s also a three-car garage incorporated into the home.) The kitchen has a huge island and Wolf range, and the fully finished walkout basement has a bar, wine cellar, fitness center, sauna and home theater with stadium seating.
Then there’s the gated pool area out back, which made a cameo appearance along with Howard in a 2010 episode of HBO’s “Entourage.” The hardscaped pool includes a hot tub with cascading waterfall, a fire pit and a pool house with a full kitchen that includes a grill.
According to Simons, a former NBA player had also expressed interest in the house. The successful buyer, she said, was a local family that was looking to upsize and wanted a house with a pool.
“We did a fairly quick settlement on the house, 45 days,” Simons said, “but the negotiation period was long because the negotiations were quite involved.” The sale closed this past Friday (June 24).
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