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Take a tour of the beachfront house Ryan Howard sold to Ben Mallah for a record $16.5 million

The home sits on a 2 1/2-acre lot on a private beach and features such amenities as a two-story paneled library, a bowling alley, large wine cellar, and trophy room.
SCOTT KEELER | Times Ben and Karla Mallah, pose in the pool area of their $16.5 million home in Belleair Shore, Thursday, January 31,2019. The 39,0000, under roof square foot home is located on the Gulf of Mexico. The couple paid the highest price for any home in the Tampa Bay/ Sarasota, area. They closed on the home Thursday.
Published Feb. 1
Updated Feb. 1

Ben Mallah said he wanted to reward his wife with anniversary gift “for 15 years of putting up with me.”

He didn’t spare any expense.

The Tampa Bay-area real estate developer on Thursday completed the purchase of a Belleair Shore gulf-front mansion from former Philadelphia Phillies slugger Ryan Howard for $16.5 million.

It was easily the most ever paid for a residential property in the Tampa Bay area, eclipsing the $11.18 million spent on an Century Oaks estate in Clearwater two years ago.

Here’s what Mallah got for his money:

The custom kitchen area featuring stone and custom cabinets can be seen in the 39,000-square-foot home in Belleair Shore that Ben and Karla Mallah purchased from former Philadelphia Phillies slugger Ryan Howard for $16.5 million, the highest price for a home in the Tampa Bay/Sarasota area. [SCOTT KEELER | Times]
A lagoon/river flows from the pool under a 39,000-square-foot home in Belleair Shore which Ben and Karla Mallah purchased for $16.5 million, the highest price for a home in the Tampa Bay/Sarasota area. [SCOTT KEELER | Times]

The nearly 40,000-square-foot home sits on a 2 1/2-acre lot on a private beach and features a two-story paneled library, a bowling alley, large wine cellar, and trophy room. It also has a six-car garage and lazy river running across the entire property.

The private wine cellar can be seen in the 39,000-square-foot home in Belleair Shore that Ben and Karla Mallah purchased for a record $16.5 million. [SCOTT KEELER | Times]
Part of the outdoor/indoor living area of a 39,000-square-foot home Ben and Karla Mallah purchased for a record $16.5 million. [SCOTT KEELER | Times]

Howard purchased the property in 2012 for $3.5 million and began construction soon afterward. Plans at the time called for eight bedrooms and at least 10 bathrooms, two elevators, three laundry rooms, a massage room, and two kitchens.

The view of the Gulf of Mexico from the master bedroom of a 39,000-square-foot in Belleair Shore that Ben and Karla Mallah purchased for a record $16.5 million. [SCOTT KEELER | Times]
A recreation room complete with bar can be seen in the 39,000-square-foot in Belleair Shore that Ben and Karla Mallah purchased for a record $16.5 million. [SCOTT KEELER | Times]

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