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.
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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