The sprawling Avila mansion of former Toronto Blue Jays second baseman and National Baseball Hall of Fame inductee Roberto Alomar has sold for $4 million.
The sale officially closed late Tuesday, according to Premier Sotheby’s International Realty, which brought the buyer through agents Karen Hegemeier and Jackie Diaz.
The only information the firm would reveal about the buyer is that the person is “local.” The deed, which would provide more information, has not yet been recorded by the Hillsborough County clerk’s office.
The estate at 901 Palacio De Avila spans about 3.4 gated acres and the estate is more than 18,000 square feet. Among its extravagant features: eight bedrooms, nine full and three half bathrooms, a wine cellar, a cigar room, a home theater, five fireplaces, a two-story closet in the master suite, indoor and outdoor pools, an eight-car garage and a basketball/racket sports court. There are separate quarters for staff.
Alomar was represented in the sale by Dianne Martin of Century 21.
It was a sale that was a long time coming. The mansion was originally put on the market in January 2014 for $6.55 million. At the time, Alomar was reportedly looking to relocate to Toronto.
In the spring of 2015, the price was cut to $4.99 million. Leading up to this sale, it was re-listed on the market in October of last year.
Alomar had a 17-year career in major-league baseball, was an All-Star 12 times and won 10 Gold Glove Awards, the most ever by a second baseman. He was named the American League Championship Series MVP in 1992 and was inducted into the Baseball Hall of Fame in 2011.
By the time he retired in 2004, he had a career batting average of .300, 2,724 hits, 474 stolen bases and 210 home-runs.