Hot News:The Naples, Florida home of Larry Bird was on the market for $4.8 million. But he’s decided to keep it….full details below šŸ‘‡šŸ‘‡

The Naples, Florida home of Larry Bird was on the market for $4.8 million. But he’s decided to keep it.

The gated driveĀ paves the way to a tennis court, multi-level patios, pool and a pool house with a kitchen.Ā The lower level includes a billiard room, home theater, pub-style wet bar, wine cellar and fitness room.Ā 

Holding onto Florida

Bird, 62 and semi-retired,Ā apparently has decided to hold onto his $5 million, 6,007-square-foot,Ā custom-builtĀ waterfront homeĀ that overlooks theĀ Venetian Bay, after years of trying to sell it. According to Collier County records, the home is still in Bird’s name and a search of real estate listings showsĀ the house is no longer on the market.

Larry Bird’s $2.4 million Indianapolis mansion for sale; his Naples home off the market

ļæ¼Dana Hunsinger Benbow

IndyStar

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Indiana basketball legendĀ Larry Bird’s $2.4Ā million, English manorĀ in Indianapolis popped up on the real estate market this week. Meanwhile, his $5 million Naples, Fla., home that had been for sale for years is off the market.

Whether Bird is leaving the state where he was born and raised, played college basketball, coached the Pacers and then was president of the NBA team, is unclear.

The Pacers declined an interview request with Bird. Donnie Walsh, longtime friend and Pacers consultant, and Bif Ward, theĀ listing agent on the home with F.C. Tucker, did not respond.

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Bird bought hisĀ 10,232-square-foot, Washington Township home in the Sycamore Springs subdivision in 2003. It was custom-built for Bird and his wife, Dinah,Ā by Estridge Homes and was the Indianapolis “Dream Home” in August of 2002.

The house at 4715 Ellery LaneĀ is listed for $2.35 million, according to MIBOR records. Bird bought the home (in cash) for $3.3 million, said Laura Musall, a real estate agent with F.C. Tucker in Fishers.

Sitting on 1.5 acres, Bird’s home features five bedrooms, eight bathrooms and three fireplaces.Ā In the master bedroom, there is a walk-in closet, sitting room, suite and a garden tub.Ā Ā 

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The gated driveĀ paves the way to a tennis court, multi-level patios, pool and a pool house with a kitchen.Ā The lower level includes a billiard room, home theater, pub-style wet bar, wine cellar and fitness room.Ā 

Holding onto Florida

Bird, 62 and semi-retired,Ā apparently has decided to hold onto his $5 million, 6,007-square-foot,Ā custom-builtĀ waterfront homeĀ that overlooks theĀ Venetian Bay, after years of trying to sell it. According to Collier County records, the home is still in Bird’s name and a search of real estate listings showsĀ the house is no longer on the market.

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But, really, it seems Bird never had his heart set on selling that estate atĀ 308 Neapolitan Way.

Bird putĀ the Naples house on the market in 2013 for $4.8 million, when he took on the role of Pacers president.Ā At the time, he said the job of an NBA executive wouldn’t give him many extra hours to vacationĀ in Naples.

But after nearly three years with no takers, he cut the price ā€” by a mere $200,000.

That’sĀ not someoneĀ who is desperate to sell a home, said Musall.

TheĀ  estateĀ was in pristine shape with plenty of perks. If Bird had truly wanted to get it off his hands, all he had to do was drop the price a bit more, said Musall.

“Itā€™s obvious the Bird family is in no rush to take flight from their Florida getaway,”Ā Realtor.com wrote when the house was on the market. “Perhaps theyā€™re still finding it the perfect respite from the drastic ups-and-downs of the Indiana weather.”

The Birds’ 4-bedroom, 6-bathĀ vacation homeĀ boasts a gourmet kitchen, state-of-the-art home theater with seating for 10, an infinity pool and 4-car garage. There’s also a tiki hut, hot tub, massive saltwater aquarium and an 8-pillar foyer.

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Bird first bought a home in Naples in 1993, but sold that property in 1998. He then bought theĀ current Florida property, had the existing home on the site razed, and custom built a new residence in 2001.

After he left his job as Pacers presidentĀ in 2017, the home was taken off the market. Though BirdĀ still is a consultant for the team, he has more free time.

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