Live Next Door to Dwight Howard and PGA Player Chris DiMarco
You move into your new sunny Florida home and discover that NBA superstar Dwight Howard is living in the big house next door. You go out to get the morning paper off the driveway and see that PGA player Chris DiMarco lives in the almost-as-big house on the other side of you.
You're in the middle.
Talk about a Street of Dreams.
"Can Dwight come out and play?''
If you're in market for a new home, and the prospect of living between two high-profile sports stars sounds enticing, this For Sale sign might be worth a second look. Opportunities like this don't come along very often.
Think about the Trick-or-Treat possibilities on Halloween night. No snack-size candy bars from these homes. And the big guy with the Superman costume, wearing that huge smile, might just be Howard showing up at your door. The guy on the other side of you has a miniature golf course in his back yard.
For $5.5 million, the house in the middle is yours.
"We've had people come to look at the house, and the first thing they want to do is go outside and see if Dwight Howard is in his back yard,'' said George Davison, sales executive for Sterling Realty, which is marketing the home. "If you're a sports fan, it's tough to beat this little neighborhood.''
With the NBA Finals coming to Orlando this week, and the PGA Tour stopping to Memphis Tenn. for the St. Jude's Classic, Howard and DiMarco might a little too busy for the neighborhood block party, but who knows what could happen when their schedules slow down.
How about oysters on the grill at DiMarco's house? He is a huge basketball fan, too. He has that outdoor court – and Dwight has shot there -- to prove it.
Actually, the newly-built neighborhood has only three lakefront homes, each on deep 3-acre lots but with very little space between them. The backyards are beyond picturesque. Each has a gate at the driveway to keep the gawkers at a distance, but once inside the wall, neighbors can roam. And if you buy it, you aren't gawking. You are being neighborly.
It's a sports fan's playground. DiMarco's biggest claim to fame is the sudden death playoff he lost to Tiger Woods at the Masters a couple years ago. Howard has become one of basketball's brightest stars, leading the Magic back to the Finals. Both are considered among the nicest guys in their respective professions.
Of course, it you buy in the middle, you might feel like the poor one in the 'hood. Howard paid $9 million for his home, DiMarco closer to $8 million. All three homes have approximately 16,000 square foot and are loaded with so many extras that it's sinful. DiMarco has the two-lane bowling alley. Howard has the lazy river and indoor waterfall and the secret passageway.
"The house is beautiful,'' said one prospective buyer as she walked the grounds Sunday. "The neighborhood is pretty neat, too.''
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