Want to live life like a king? How about a home-run king? Baseball legend Babe Ruth’s 7,800-square-foot tropical refuge on the west coast of Florida, situated directly on Tampa Bay, is now for sale. Although recently having undergone a 3-year-long renovation, this 1928 Italian-style villa is still reminiscent of the days when “the Bambino” called it home.
Coming off of his illustrious 60 home-run season, Babe Ruth started his 1928 season off hot and really solidified himself as “the Sultan of Swat.” In between leading the Yankees to yet another World Series win, his famous involvement in charity work, and dominating the sports world in general, it comes as no surprise that the Babe needed only the most opulently charming sanctuary where he could hang his cap and kick off the cleats.
The legend’s former abode sits serenely on the bay and offers the luxurious island-style feel that Florida is famous for. With arched doors, high-beamed ceilings, French clay tile floors, distressed woodworking, and plenty of that brilliant Florida sunshine pouring in, you could see why the Babe chose this as his home during his home-run heyday. Enjoy your morning coffee in the Tuscany-style gourmet kitchen, which houses only the top-of-the-line equipment, and take a stroll through the gorgeous tropical landscaping to the pool and spa area. While this might be enough for mere mortals, baseball gods need a little more elbowroom so, in addition to the main house, the property also boasts an English greenhouse, a hobby house, and a boathouse that sits on the 150-foot idyllic waterfront. At $3.25 million, it seems a small price to pay to live like a legend.