The rear of the Miamiarea home of baseball star David Ortiz.
The rear of the Miami-area home of baseball star David Ortiz.Photo: Richard Novak / 1 OAK Studios / Courtesy of ONE Sotheby’s International Realty 
Celebrity Real Estate

Baseball Star David Ortiz Lists Custom Miami-Area Mansion for $12.5 Million

The former Boston Red Sox player known as “Big Papi” built the 10,178-square-foot home from scratch

Retired baseball star David Ortiz, also known by the nickname “Big Papi,” is looking to downsize. In 2019, the former Boston Red Sox player custom-designed his 10,178-square-foot Miami mansion from the ground up and is now seeking $12.5 million for the contemporary space. Ortiz, who was inducted into the National Baseball Hall of Fame last year, paid $1.5 million for the one-acre plot of land in 2016 (the same year that he retired) and spent the next three years building the five-bedroom and eight-bathroom home to his specifications. 

A funky lighting situation in the living room.

Photo: Richard Novak / 1 OAK Studios / Courtesy of ONE Sotheby’s International Realty 

From a gated entry, the glass-walled structure greets guests with an attached three-car garage and a large moat-like reflecting pool with fountain jets. The home’s front door is accessible via a firepit-flanked marble walkway crossing the center of the pool. From there, an open-plan great room features panoramic floor-to-ceiling windows and soaring ceilings with integrated lighting. Several sitting and dining areas make up the great room, including the sleek white marble kitchen, which features a large metal-topped island with plenty of space for prep work and a breakfast bar.

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One of the two-story bedroom suites.

Photo: Richard Novak / 1 OAK Studios / Courtesy of ONE Sotheby’s International Realty 

Uniquely, the majority of the home’s bedrooms have two levels. The primary suite features a downstairs seating area with an all-marble bathroom and outdoor access. Up a private set of stairs, a sleeping area is complete with a TV that folds up into the ceiling and a huge ensuite bathroom with a soaking tub and a 16-foot-long glass-walled shower. Other indoor amenities include a sports bar and a media room with tiered seating and a light-up starry sky ceiling.

The stone-paved backyard provides numerous areas for lounging and dining, along with a swimming pool, a spa, multiple firepits, an outdoor shower, and a gazebo-topped outdoor kitchen complete with a TV.

Michael Martinez of ONE Sotheby’s International Realty has the listing.