Baltimore Orioles’ Star Adam Jones Knows What It Means to Touch Home

All Star outfielder, Adam Jones, knows what it means to come home. From home runs to runs scored, Jones has put his stamp on home plate more times than most in the high powered American League East. But when it came time to create a home of his own, the first person he turned to was his mom.

Having grown up in inner city San Diego, Jones credits his mother and his home for shaping him into the man he is today. So when made it to the majors the first home he bought was not for himself, but for his mom.

Jones recently added a home to call his own in the Baltimore area after having signed a contract extension with the Orioles, he felt it was time to set down some roots. In the video below you’ll find that Adam Jones was looking for a “relaxed environment” that would make his ideal home. It’s a place for him to relax after those extended road trips and he comments on how after renting place after place, it was truly a great feeling to be able to call a place his own.

Check out the video below from Adam Jones below or click here to explore videos from other Major League Baseball players in the Coldwell Banker Home Field Advantage video series.

 

Header image courtesy of Flickr user Ted Kerwin via Creative Commons.

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Rockies Pitcher Latroy Hawkins Shows Us His ‘Home Base’

With last week’s launch of our Coldwell Banker Homefield Advantage series with MLB.com, we were offered an up close look at the homes of CC Sabathia and Pirates slugger Neil Walker. Our series continues this week as Latroy and Anita Hawkins open the doors to their jaw-dropping mansion in Houston, Texas.

Latroy Hawkins has pitched for 11 Major League teams and travels quite often, but he always has home on his mind; so much so that he tries to come home whenever the Rockies have an off day. His profession keeps him away from family and his dream home, but when the gates to “Casa de Hawkins” open up, he knows that the hard work and sacrifices are all worth it.

Latroy may not be a top 10 pitcher but as you’ll see in this week’s video, he has a top 10 home. The Hawkins family custom built their dream home and it is no surprise at all to see why he loves being there. It features a massive home set on sprawling grounds that feature a pool and a basketball court!

Check out Latroy Hawkins’ video below or click here to see videos of other baseball players that are part of the Coldwell Banker Home Field Advantage series.

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Coldwell Banker and MLB.com Debut Home Field Advantage Video Series

Baseball and home. They go together like ice cream and apple pie. Pepperoni and pizza.  Willie and Mays.

Home is an element heard throughout baseball lore. Of course you have home plate, a home run and you root, root, root for the home team. But there’s also the symbolism of every ballpark having the fence, “going yard,” and the beautifully landscaped lawns.

Yes, home and baseball were meant to be together.

Out of all the professional sports, baseball players are the ones that spend the most time away from home. Their season is the longest and they play just as many games away as they do at home. For them being at home holds a special place in their hearts and we at Coldwell Banker Real Estate wanted to explore that feeling a bit further.

Through our partnership with MLB.com, tomorrow we will unveil a first of its kind video series called Coldwell Banker Home Field Advantage that will allow you to look inside the homes of some of baseball’s most talented players to see not just how their homes look, but what makes being home so special.

This 13 part video series will take you through the homes of Yankees pitcher CC Sabathia, White Sox slugger Adam Dunn, Dodgers great Steve Garvey and many more. Having seen some of these videos already I can tell you that while the theme of the videos are all the same, each one has a different take on what makes being home so great.

We hope you’ll enjoy seeing some of your favorite Major Leaguers off the field and in their homes as much as you do seeing them on the mound or at the plate.

Visit blog.coldwellbanker.com/homefield starting on May 14 to check out all of these amazing videos and come back every Wednesday to see a new player video be unveiled.

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Real Estate Headlines for the Week of the MLB All Star Game

Ah the Mid-Summer Classic is upon us. The unofficial halfway point of the baseball season also ushers in what’s usually some of the hottest days of the year and the slowest days in sports. But before you choose to settle in or completely ignore the Major League Baseball All Star Game, here’s your weekly dose of real estate headlines:

How hot is the real estate market? Here’s an example of a 30% overbid on a home for sale.

Gen Rent? Try Gen Own. New report from National Association of Realtors shows younger generations are more likely to buy a home.

Trendy homes on tiny lots is the latest craze to hit the streets of Los Angeles.

Yahoo Finance explains how to buy a home for $15,000. Excuse me while I go memorize this article…

Foreclosures are at the lowest level in 7 years.

Would you invest $100,000 in renovations for a home…you rent?

TheBillfold has a really interesting first-hand account of what it’s like to buy a house with your boyfriend in the current real estate market.

How would you like to own a home that is partially buried…on purpose?

And finally Casa Sugar has some ideas on how to still use your fireplace as a design focal point even in the summer months.

How to Make Your Lawn Look Like a Baseball Outfield

outfield grass How to Make Your Lawn Look Like a Baseball OutfieldThe greatest lawn cutters on the planet earth work at Major League Baseball parks. The outfield grass at these pro stadiums is unbelievable. It glistens in the sun and has those perfect stripes in the grass.

As I watch baseball games from around the majors, with the exception of Colorado and Minnesota where apparently they like to still play April baseball in the snow, these fields look immaculate already and I wondered if there was a way to replicate some of their tactics on my own home’s lawn.

I did a little digging online and found this pretty entertaining and useful video from LawnCareMidwest.com. The video is relatively short and they share a pretty simple tip to enhance your lawn mower so that it can more easily create those great lawn stripes and patterns in your front lawn.

Take a look at the video above and let us know in the comments if you have some of your own tips and tricks to make your lawn look as good as a Major League Baseball outfield.

 

Image courtesy of Flickr user Paul Schultz

The Perfect Home for MLB Opening Day

Welcome to baseball season. Sure March Madness has its Final Four still to come and the NBA is winding down its regular season, but this time of year is special for baseball. The Major League Baseball season has begun. Stadium across the country today are filled with hope and wonder as every team starts their season with the goal of winning a championship. While the outfield grass is trimmed and watered, as homeowners we’re doing much of the same as we’re prepping our lawns for mowing.

Baseball is the American pastime and holds a special place in our hearts. And a monumental occasion, like MLB Opening Day, deserve a perfect place to enjoy it. So I set out to find the perfect home for baseball’s opening day. You’ll never guess where I found it…Woodway, WA. Continue reading

The Home of an Unlikely Baseball Immortal

At Colwell Banker Real Estate we like to say that every home has a story.  And we believe that when selling a home, Coldwell Banker agents have a unique opportunity to share that story and allow potential buyers to emotionally bond with a home.

Well today, Jo-Ann Reilly of Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage in Briarcliff Manor, NY, has a great story to tell about her most recent listing at 1 Allen Street in Valhalla, NY.

The home, which was built in 1954 by former major league baseball catcher, the late Sal Yvars, who gained more fame 40 years after his playing career ended than he did from the 210 games he played with the New York Giants and St. Louis Cardinals.

In Pennant Races, the 1994 book by the New York Times’ Dave Anderson, Yvars admitted to playing a role in an intricate 1951 sign stealing process that ultimately culminated in the famous Bobby Thompson “Shot Heard ‘Round the World” home run that beat the Brooklyn Dodgers.

“I’m working with Mr. Yvars’ children in selling the home and learned a lot about his career from his son David,” Jo-Ann told me.  “When I first toured the house with David, I saw some of the great baseball memorabilia and even noticed the ‘SY’ in the wrought iron railings outside.  I’m not a baseball fan, but my 94-year-old father-in-law knows all about the Giants and was excited I had the listing.  It is a beautiful corner lot and well maintained, but the fact that it has such a wonderful history makes it unique.”

Homes for the 2012 MLB Playoffs

Ah, playoff baseball. A crisp in the night air and you break out your team hoodie or blanket as you head to the ballpark excited with anticipation for what the evening may hold. Or, as most of us will do, we’ll settle into our favorite seat on the couch with bag of chips in hand and enjoy the fall classic from the comfort of our homes.

I’ve mentioned before how home and baseball are intertwined in both their history and metaphors, but with the playoffs now in full swing we wanted to take a look at what homes might be a good fit for those prepping for the playoff race.

Turns out we found 17 different homes on coldwellbanker.com that feature a batting cage either inside the home or in the backyard. How awesome would an indoor batting cage be for your future All Star? Forget the kids, how awesome would it be for the adults?

I’m not sure if Robinson Cano, Joey Votto or Matt Holliday even have one in their home. Speaking of Matt Holliday of the defending champion St. Louis Cardinals, he might want to check out this batting cage home in Frontenac, MO which isn’t too far from St. Louis. In addition to a batting cage, the home has 5 bedrooms, 3 bathrooms, a game room and space for him to put a trophy room together in case the Cards repeat.
frontenac missouri home for sale Homes for the 2012 MLB Playoffs
Baseball is truly our national pastime and you can see that in the fact that of the 17 different homes with batting cages they are located in 13 different states. While your favorite team may not be in the playoffs, I’m sure you’ll find yourself checking the scores this October and during those commercial breaks head on over to coldwellbanker.com to see the batting cage homes and search for whatever baseball-inspired addition you’re dreaming about using our keyword search.

The Relevance of Home in Baseball

baseball The Relevance of Home in Baseball

America’s pastime is brimming with the concept of home.

Tonight is the mid-summer classic. The annual gathering of the best in Major League Baseball. The All Star Game. Whether or not you care for the game of baseball or not, you can’t deny that baseball, more than any other sport, is impacted by the concept of home. Think about it.

The iconic play in baseball is the home run. You have home plate. The official anthem of baseball has the line “root, root, root for the home team.” There are meticulously kept lawns in baseball. Watering the grass, and even the dirt, are a regular occurrence at major league game. And every baseball field has a fence around “the yard.”

The metaphor of home is undeniably present in the game of baseball, but beyond word play the sport and the concept of home is rooted deeper in the hearts of Americans. Americana & memories of home often have visions of playing catch in the yard with a parent. Little league is a longstanding staple of local communities. Wiffle ball is possibly the most played unofficial sport in backyards across the country. Baseball is home.

Even the greatest baseball movies convey this concept of home. Look at Field of Dreams. When it comes down to it, it’s a movie about a guy longing for one last time to play catch with his dad…in his backyard.

I’ve blogged before about how my best backyard memories are playing catch with my dad, home run derby with my neighborhood friends and weekly games of wiffle ball. On top of that I remember summer nights spent as a family watching baseball and getting to stay up late for to see the end of the game.

Chances are if you’re watching the All Star Game tonight, you’ll be viewing it in your home. In my opinion there’s no more appropriate place to watch it. Enjoy the mid-summer classic.

 

Image courtesy of Flickr user popofatticus

 

Home for MLB Opening Day

Get ready for baseball in your hometown

The opening day of the Major League Baseball season is upon us and to me there’s no sport that better relates to home than baseball. Think about it. Home is an essential part of the baseball vernacular. You’ve got home plate, home run, “root, root, root for the home team” is part of the infamous song Take Me Out to the Ballgame, and then there’s the insider vocabulary like “he covers a lot of real estate out in center.”

Not only that, but baseball is a game that for me brings back memories of home. Playing home run derby with the neighborhood kids or wiffle ball in the backyard or the Little League parade down the main street in your neighborhood are all memories of the home where I grew up and still resonate today with my own family.

Baseball also appears to be a marketable element in some homes for sale on coldwellbanker.com. 313 homes currently have “baseball” in the property description and 19 currently offer a “batting cage” as an amenity. In fact one property in Wichita, KS even offers a full baseball field with bases and an official pitcher’s mound to go along with a separate batting cage area for practice. Now there’s a lover of the American pastime.

It makes no difference who your team is. You may love the Bronx Bombers, the Chicago Cubs, the Anaheim Angels or even my struggling New York Mets, but the feeling is the same for all baseball fans. We’re happy to have the game we love back in action and we’re all planning how we can get to an upcoming home game.

So regardless of where you call home, I hope you’ll have some time today or this weekend to enjoy the game that always applauds when someone comes home.

Play ball.