Through the years, Massachusetts native Dave Portnoy has spent millions buying up prime properties in locales like the Hamptons, Miami and Nantucket. Now the veteran sports personality — best known as founder of the Barstool Sports media empire — has added to his collection yet again, with records showing he doled out $1.4 million for a traditional ranch-style house in the Saratoga Springs neighborhood of Upstate New York, just steps from the area’s famed thoroughbred race track. The Times Union first reported the transaction.
Originally built in 1961, and last sold in spring 2011 for $580,000, Portnoy’s new digs have since undergone an extensive “down-to-the-studs” renovation by Bonacio Construction, per the listing. The stone-clad structure features three bedrooms and an equal number of baths filtered across a little more than 1,500 square feet of living space, plus a fully finished lower level.
Nestled on less than a quarter-acre of land, and offering views of the Oklahoma Training Track at Saratoga Race Course from the backyard, the house has a grassy lawn that’s separated from the street out front by a sidewalk, and a slender driveway empties out at an attached one-car garage.
Interior photos are scarce, but marketing materials describe the residence as having a foyer that flows into an open floor plan highlighted by a living room and dining area, as well as a gourmet kitchen outfitted with granite countertops, a central island, Viking range, and Fisher & Paykel dishwasher.
An entertaining space spills out to an enclosed porch overlooking the backyard; and the lower level is showcased by a primary bedroom sporting a “luxe bath,” as well as an ensuite guest bedroom that has its own entrance and laundry room.
According to the Albany Business Review, the relatively modest home was only on the market for three days before going under contract because of its coveted site overlooking the Oklahoma practice track, which “is like oceanfront property for thoroughbred racing aficionados.”