How a Baby Changed Astros Outfielder Dexter Fowler Idea of Home

Babies can change your life in a lot of ways. Sleep, meal times and just the sheer amount of stuff you have to trek with you are all part of the changes a baby makes in your life. But for Houston Astros outfielder, Dexter Fowler, his baby girl changed his entire concept of home.

Having been traded from the Colorado Rockies to the Houston Astros, the biggest thing on Fowler’s mind was finding a home that would suit his now growing family. From appliances to accessibility to baby safety, these were all things that now were of utmost importance in Dexter and his wife’s home.

We actually met with Fowler two days after he moved into his new home to shoot the video below. Fowler had just returned from a road trip and when he left he was in a different place only to come back to his new home. Clearly his wife is an insanely wonderful woman to handle a move and setting up for a video shoot on her own all while taking care of an infant, but Fowler credited her for making their new place feel like home from the minute he walked into it.

Closet space is extremely important for Dexter Fowler as he has a ridiculous amount of sneakers, and yes I’m kind of jealous. Step inside the home of Dexter Fowler and his family in the latest video in the Coldwell Banker Home Field Advantage series by watching below or clicking here to see all of our videos from MLB players.

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Yankees Outfielder Carlos Beltran Puts South Florida Home on the Market

The following is a guest post from Elise Ramer with the Southeast region of Coldwell Banker companies.

Home is where you hang your baseball cap. Carlos Beltran, the New York Yankees outfielder, has worn his fair share of Major League Baseball team caps with many homes in different cities to hang them in. Now that Beltran is back in New York City, the town he loves, he has to part with the luxurious family estate he purchased in South Florida back in 2012. He was playing with the St. Louis Cardinals when he and his wife Jessica found the 13,316 square-foot home in the secluded neighborhood of Windmill Ranches Estates, just outside of Fort Lauderdale in suburban Weston, Florida.

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The $4.5 million residence offers the finest attention to detail and craftsmanship. This builder’s custom designed masterpiece features eight bedrooms and nine and one half baths, set within a two-acre compound. Luxury features include an elevator, butler’s pantry, Mediterranean-style kitchen (plus a caterer’s kitchen), exercise and billiard room, library, loft, wine cellar, detached guest house and greenhouse. Built for the sports enthusiast, the residence also has a basketball court, putting green with sand trap and an oversize, negative edge pool with cabana. The landscaped grounds are meticulously manicured with lush tropical palms that frame the private pond and 7,000 square-foot patio with covered terrace.

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“We really loved the Weston community and this home. It was our own estate, with plenty of land and privacy. This is a very family-friendly property with ample room for kids to play. The basketball court and putting green were just a few of our favorite spots on the property.”

Coldwell Banker Previews International associate, Giselle Bonetti has listed the home. No stranger to dealing with professional baseball players, Bonetti has worked with several MLB clients.  She caters to the needs of the athlete and their family on a private concierge level. “We help them find a sanctuary of privacy, and will assist in coordinating every aspect of their move, from packing their belongings to hiring a nanny for their family.”

This home is ideal for the most discerning of buyers and is the dream family home. Click here to see more of this luxurious property and get full specs of the home.

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Congrats to the Coldwell Banker Home Field Advantage All Stars

Yesterday, the MLB All Star lineups were announced for the National and American League, and quite a few players featured in the Coldwell Banker Home Field Advantage video series have made the team.

Adam Jones of the Baltimore Orioles is making his second appearance as a starter for the American League while the A’s Josh Donaldson (who’s video will debut later this month) is the first Oakland A’s player to be elected to start by the fans since Jason Giambi.

Possibly the most excited All Star next week will be Minnesota Twins closer, Glen Perkins. He is a Minnesota native who played high school and college baseball in his home state and will now get the opportunity to pitch in the mid-summer classic for his team in front of his hometown fans. Coldwell Banker will unveil Glen Perkins’ amazing story and home on the Monday before the All Star Game (July 14).

Congrats to all those players who made their first All Star Game (especially you Daniel Murphy!). Check out all the great videos of MLB’ players that are part of the Coldwell Banker Home Field Advantage series here.

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Colby Rasmus of the Toronto Blue Jays Has the Best Commute Home in Baseball

As a guy who constantly battles traffic on my commute to work everyday, I often envy those who have a home that’s within a convenient distance from their place of work. But after seeing where Toronto Blue Jays outfielder, Colby Rasmus, lives I believe he wins the prize for best commute.

He not only walks to work every day, but he can throw a baseball and hit his office if he wanted. Colby Rasmus lives in a gorgeous apartment right next to the Rogers Centre where the Blue Jays play all of their home games. And if that wasn’t enough his place has stunning views of the city with enough natural light to make any sun worshipper jealous.

When you see Rasmus’ video you’ll get a sense of how big a change living in metropolitan Toronto really is for him. Having grown up in a rural area and starting his career in the Midwest baseball Mecca of St. Louis, moving to not just a big city but another country can take some getting used to. Rasmus does call Toronto home now and has grown to love not just the place in which he resides, but the community as well.

Check out the latest episode of the Coldwell Banker Home Field Advantage video series below or click here to watch some of our previous videos with today’s MLB stars.

 

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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.

 

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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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Pittsburgh Pirates’ Neil Walker Knows What It Means to Play at Home

On Little League fields across the country, you’ll find a collection of dreamers. And they all dream the same thing. Of hitting that game winning home run or throwing a no-hitter for their favorite team in front of the home crowd. I had that dream, but alas it wasn’t mean to be.

For Neil Walker though, he got to experience that dream coming true. On Opening Day of the 2014 season, Neil Walker hit a walk off home run for his hometown team, the Pittsburgh Pirates, in his hometown of Pittsburgh, PA. Dreams do come true.

As part of the Coldwell Banker Home Field Advantage video series with MLB.com, we got to visit the home of the Walkers and talk to the Pirates second basemen about what makes being home so special. It’s also a rarity to be in a home where two major leaguers have lived, as Neil’s dad was once a pitcher for the Montreal Expos.

Check out Neil Walker’s 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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Yankees Pitcher CC Sabathia Takes You Inside His Home

CC Sabathia has called a lot of places home over the course of his baseball career. He’s from California, but has played in Cleveland, Milwaukee and of course now in New York. While his address has changed the thing that makes his house a home hasn’t: his family.

In this debut video from the Coldwell Banker Home Field Advantage series with MLB.com, we step inside the New Jersey home of CC Sabathia and see how his wife, kids and baseball have all made their mark on the place they call home.

To see other videos in the Coldwell Banker Home Field Advantage series, click here.

 

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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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This is What Buster Olney’s Prediction for the 2014 MLB Season Looks Like in Real Estate

Ah, the start of the Major League Baseball season. A time where the grass looks greener. The hot dogs are a bit tastier. And hope springs eternal.

At Coldwell Banker Real Estate we’re excited about baseball as well because it’s one of the best sports that connects directly to home. Home plate. Home run. Home field. Home team. There’s a yard. You can go yard. Landscaping is ridiculously important. I mean the list goes on and on.

But this year we have a partnership with MLB.com where we’ll be producing some pretty amazing video content with Major League Baseball players in the coming months, but before the season got too far along we wanted to see how some were predicting the baseball season to play out. One of my favorite baseball analysts is Buster Olney with ESPN and every year he lays out his predictions as to which teams will make the playoffs. Instead of just looking at team logos and rosters, what if we looked at Buster Olney’s predictions as far as how it looks based on the most expensive homes on coldwellbanker.com in each market? Here’s how it would look.

American League East Champ: Boston Red Sox ($6.1 million)

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American League Central Champ: Detroit Tigers ($1.475 million)

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American League West Champ: Anaheim Angels ($929,000)

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American League Wild Card: Tampa Bay Rays ($2.4 million)

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American League Wild Card: Kansas City Royals ($317,000)

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National League East Champ: Atlanta Braves ($48 million)

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National League Central Champ: St. Louis Cardinals ($3.95 million)

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National League West Champ: Arizona Diamondbacks 

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National League Wild Card: Washington Nationals

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National League Wild Card: Los Angeles Dodgers

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And there you have it. Personally, I think Buster may be a little off with his prediction as he has the Cardinals and Rays squaring off in the World Series with the Cardinals coming out on top. According to the most expensive homes in the market I think Arizona is the team to beat.

 

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