Jeff Kent Makes Big Splash With Half-Million Price Slice on Texas MansionPosted on: July 13, 2018, by : Amy Pecoraro
Jeff Kent knows how to make a splash. The former All-Star second baseman hopes to avoid a belly flop on his second attempt at selling his Austin, TX, home, with its own private water park.
In 2016, he put the custom-built home, which has a 90-foot water slide, on the market for $3.1 million.
With no takers, the spacious home with views of Lake Austin has come back with a half-million dollar price slice to $2.6 million. Perhaps the big cut will make waves with prospective buyers?
Let’s jump on an inner tube and take a tour of Kent’s digs.
The 8,794 square feet of interior space feature six beds plus seven full and two half-baths. The house was built in 2004, and its supercool amenities include exposed beam ceilings in the living room and dining area, with a fireplace and picturesque views, an eat-in kitchen with granite counters and custom cabinetry, and a casual eating nook.
The master suite boasts a fireplace and dual vanities in the bath. There’s also a game room, a media room, and a casita. In one area of the house is a virtual sports complex, with a fitness area, indoor archery, batting cages, and golf simulator.
But the true MVP of this resortlike estate is the pool area.
It comes with a professionally designed 90-foot water slide that twists and turns on the way down. The water-based features also include a swim-up bar, waterfalls, and a multilevel spa. The pool and water slide were developed in co-ordination with New Braunfels General Store, the manufacturers for Texas’s Schlitterbahn water parks.
You can also stroll down to the dock for water skiing, fishing, or boat rides.
If you prefer land-based activities, there’s a basketball court or a 400–square-foot fitness room with air conditioning.
If you’re looking for some down time, head over to the outdoor lounge area, have a seat by the fireplace, enjoy the views from the covered terrace, or fire up the grill.
“This is the most fun house in Austin,” says listing agent Bill Sill. Along with oodles of fun, the next owner will be scoring a sweet deal. “Kent built the home for $4.1 million. The buyer is going to get the home for $2.6 million,” Sill says.
The finishes also include solid Douglas fir ceiling beams, and Texas mesquite hand-milled wood flooring. In fact, Sill notes, the fireplace mantles and trim in the house were “built out of Texas mesquite from Jeff’s ranch and cut and hand-milled on site.”
Kent played in the majors for 17 seasons and finished his career with the most home runs ever hit by a second baseman—377 dingers, to be exact.
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