Now pitching cutters and curveballs for the Arizona Diamondbacks on a two-year contract valued at $14 million, four-time All-Star Mark Melancon is pulling up sticks on Florida’s Gulf Coast. Initially put on the block last year at nearly $15 million, the price for the veteran Major Leaguer’s custom-built family home dropped to $13 million before it was taken off the market and re-listed this week at a tetch under $11 million.
Tax records indicate Melancon acquired the property, at the end of a quiet cul-de-sac in Holmes Beach, a sleepy community on a seven-mile-long barrier island that juts out into the mouth of Tampa Bay, almost five years ago for $1.45 million. Listing agent Charles Buky at Coldwell Banker Realty told the New York Post earlier this week that it was been a tough decision for Melancon to sell the house, which he built for his wife and three children. However, now based in Arizona, he’s not able to make use of the house often enough to make it worth keeping.
The nearly 6,000-square-foot two-story home, a blend of traditional and modern with high-end designer finishes, was completed in 2020 and earned a Best in Living award by the National Association of Home Builders. Highlights include automated window coverings, Amish cabinetry, dramatically lighted and intricately detailed ceilings, and walnut wood floors. There are six bedrooms and five bathrooms, plus a couple more powder rooms. Almost every room has a view over the glimmering waters of Bimini Bay.
There are two living rooms, a great room on the main floor that spills out the pool and a children’s lounge on the upper level that opens to a covered balcony with sweeping views. The open-plan kitchen, with a 16-foot island and a six-foot sink, is complemented by a water-view breakfast area with built-in banquette seating, a walk-in pantry with extra refrigeration, and a butler’s pantry stocked with an ice maker and dishwasher.
Floor-to-ceiling crimson velvet drapes and a dry bar give an extra dash of deluxe to the wood-paneled den, while the primary suite offers a private sitting area, a lavish bath, a fitted walk-in closet with a own washer and dryer — there’s a big laundry room elsewhere — and a private lanai with an outdoor gas fireplace.
Given that Melacon owns an artificial turf installation company, it’s no surprise the professionally landscaped property sports lots of evergreen imitation grass, both at the front of the house and at the back where there’s a faux grass putting green. Other outdoor amenities include four covered patios that facilitate an easy indoor-outdoor lifestyle, a waterside infinity-edge swimming pool and spa, and two deep water docks.
According to marketing material, the home is offered as a turn-key opportunity with all its bespoke furnishings, eye-catching light fixtures, and custom window treatments.