With live sports on pause, sports fans were parched for the NFL draft. And although the draft this year was performed via an intricate televised conference call, it didn’t dull interest in the slightest.
The two big names in the draft were at football’s glamour position—both highly touted quarterbacks. Heisman Trophy winner Joe Burrow out of Louisiana State University was picked first overall by the Cincinnati Bengals, and University of Alabama star Tua Tagovailoa was selected by the Miami Dolphins, four picks later.
Now that these franchises have hitched their fortunes to these young signal callers, we wanted to step onto the field and offer our real estate playbook.
So where should Burrow and Tagovailoa buy? We huddled up and chose criteria. For both cities, we focused on newer homes that won’t require a ton of maintenance and are relatively close to the team’s training facilities. We also kept within a “modest” price range for athletes. Hey, there’s always room to upgrade to a true baller spread when a glorious second contract comes to fruition.
Plus, choosing a great-looking home in the coronavirus era is more important than ever. As we know from Twitter’s reaction to the home decor of players and coaches participating remotely in the draft, your living space does get noticed.
Join us as we diagram a few landing spots for two of the NFL’s most exciting new stars.
3 Homes for Joe Burrow
Fantastic features: Built in 2017, this three-bedroom home is just minutes from downtown. It also offers what looks to be move-in ready luxury. A contemporary-style home with high-end finishes, it offers an open floor plan, 10-foot ceilings, and top-of-the-line kitchen appliances. Best of all? It’s only about 10 minutes to Paul Brown Stadium.
Fantastic features: Located on the edge of the Ohio River, this brand-new home is less than 10 minutes to the stadium. Burrow would be wise to snap up this place in a new gated community of just 13 homes; it’s also the only lot left with the option for a rooftop deck. The four-bedroom rowhouse features a large great room, an elevator, a three-car garage, and three terraces. The property comes with a bike path and a kayak ramp. A kayak ramp!
Fantastic features: This luxury condo offers construction from 2017—inside a historic downtown building dating to 1875. This spacious three-bedroom unit features an open floor plan with high-end finishes. Garage parking comes with direct elevator access to the unit—a plus for privacy. The space includes a kitchen with marble and granite surfaces as well as high-end appliances. There’s also a living wall, a large balcony, and a rooftop deck with a semiprivate terrace. Just a half-mile from the stadium, the building is within walking distance to restaurants and entertainment venues.
3 homes for Tua Tagovailoa
Fantastic features: Built in 2019, this spectacular modern home in Coconut Grove is ready for a star resident. Security features include fencing and exterior lighting. The five-bedroom home includes a large den, open kitchen, spacious living areas, and a “spectacular” pool and landscaping. Along with a two-car port, the driveway offers parking for 10-plus cars. While it’s a 20-minute drive from the Hard Rock Stadium and under-construction training facilities, it’s steps from Kennedy Park, Fresh Market, and Grove Marina.
Fantastic features: This brand-new build has it all. The modern design of this six-bedroom home mixes with tropical vibes. Details include natural wood flooring, a green wall in the living room, wine cellar, and open kitchen. The outdoor space comes with a pool and spa. The home is equipped with light dimmers, speakers, cameras, and an alarm—all controlled via app. The drive is about a half-hour to the stadium, but the amenities and cool design may make it worth the commute.
Fantastic features: Welcome to stereotypical Miami! Perched atop Icon Brickell Tower, this two-level corner penthouse is located on the 57th floor, offering views of Miami Beach, Fisher Island, Key Biscayne, and the Port of Miami. This posh unit screams, “You have arrived.”
The 2,538-square-foot penthouse includes both indoor and outdoor living spaces. The main level features a kitchen with Italian cabinetry, and a master suite with walk-in closets and spa bathroom. The second floor features a family room and an oversize terrace with wet bar.
The building’s amenities include three pools, a spa, fitness center, on-site dining, and 24/7 concierge service.