Texas Super Bowl Rentals: Royal Rip Off?
Hundreds of North Texans are looking forward to windfall real estate profits leasing their home to strangers during Super Bowl XLV in Arlington, Tex., next month. From an affordable $1,000 per night for an ordinary 3-bedroom, 2-bath only five miles from Cowboys Stadium -- "Can almost walk!" -- to a $1.2 million Highland Park mansion that is asking $13,000 per night, North Texas homeowners are seeing dollar signs.
Some locals are putting together elaborate packages with maids, stocked pantries, gourmet meals, limos to the game, and their influence around town to guarantee reservations, like agent Piper Young's interior designer client. But the highrollers have not come out of hiding yet, and many of the over-the-top-priced homeowners are still waiting for the phone to ring.
"They'll start ringing once we know which teams are playing," says Arlington-based Realtor Jamie Adams, who is known as the agent to the sports stars including Nolan Ryan, Daryl "the Moose" Johnston, and Dirk Nowitzki.