Tampa Bay Rays Baseball: Live Near Tropicana Field for $1.1M

Tampa Bay RaysThe Tampa Bay Rays have been having a tough time the last two weeks, having won only 3 of their last 10 games. But many consider the team currently in third-place to have its best roster since it clinched the AL East title in 2008. All the more reason to live near the action.

It's not a quick walk -- probably an hour -- but this luxury home for sale on the waterfront in St. Petersburg, Fla., is less than a 10-minute drive from Tropicana Field, home of the Rays and a summer full of exciting baseball.

But you might want to move soon. The Rays' owner announced June 21 that he wants to move the team after the team's contract runs out in 2027. That gives you 17 years -- or possibly fewer, if a new home is found sooner -- to enjoy a new home near downtown St. Petersburg before the Rays move.

But there may be some good news soon, too.

The owner wants all parts of the Tampa Bay area to be explored for the team's new home, so buying a place in St. Petersburg could still put you within a drive of ballgames.

The single-family home for sale at 380 26th Ave. in St. Petersburg is a 45-minute to hourlong walk, but only a 10-minute drive or less to Tropicana Field and downtown St. Petersburg. The $1,150,000 home has four bedrooms and four bathrooms in 4,261 square feet.

Here's what you'll find in this waterfront home with views of Tampa Bay: The kitchen has a gourmet island with upgraded appliances. The formal living room has a fireplace and separate formal dining room. The four bedrooms have views of the water. There's an office/study downstairs, and a library and wet bar upstairs, along with a huge game and media room.

The home also has a three-level elevator, a winding staircase and three-car garage. The outdoor spaces include a spacious lanai, a huge deepwater dock which will accommodate four sailboats, and an irrigation system using reclaimed water.

The same home sold for $1.2 million in March 2009, so the price drop this year could make it enticing. Similar homes in the neighborhood have an average for-sale price of $706,000, although they don't have the waterfront views that this one has.

Hopefully the team's solid play in the American League East division will continue and keep them near the top of the standings.

Find more great homes in St. Petersburg at AOL Real Estate.

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