One former Giant with a giant home in Scottsdale. Photo via SFGate
Cities get boosts from sports all the time: the Olympics, The Superbowl, America’s Cup– all of these very public events drive up tourism and real estate prices before, during, and after the event. Spring training also affects real estate, but in a different way. The town of Scottsdale, AZ offers a perfect example, especially since this is the city our own beloved San Francisco Giants repair to this spring.
Spring training isn’t the media/tourist/spectator extravaganza that other sporting events are, but that doesn’t mean the influx of highly paid baseball players won’t boost local property values. In fact, data show everything is up from last month in this area, from the number of homes sold to the median list price to the median sold price. And last year as well, the number of homes sold and pending increased in March and April. The Giants probably can’t take sole credit for that uptick, but their presence couldn’t have hurt.
One former Giant who bought a home in Scottsdale: Pat Burrell. Now for sale at $3,695,000, 9820 East Blue Sky Drive is 4 bed, 4.5 bath desert beauty, pictured here (photos courtesy of the good folks at Trulia).
Other high-end home sellers hoping to catch a Giant by his toe are smart to list homes already furnished. The busy baseball player on the go probably doesn’t have a lot of time to decorate, so a fully stocked home has its advantages. Here are two that might appeal.
Take a tour and let us know which Giant fits which home best.
Home 1: Undisclosed Scottsdale address, featuring 7 beds, 7.5 baths and plenty of bar/theater/party time fun for $11,700,000. (We are fascinated by the idea of a Giant in the copper tub. See if you agree.)
Home 2 (to our eyes, the nicer of the two, but also less expensive) is 11386 East Whistling Wind Way, a 6 bed, 8.5 bath with similar bells and whistles for $9,995,000.