NY Knicks' Amar'e Stoudemire Scores Florida Mansion

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amar'e stoudemire

By Laura Vecsey

Perennial NBA All-Star Amar'e Stoudemire has returned to his Florida roots in a big way. In October, the New York Knick closed on a massive, custom home in Southwest Ranches, a posh suburb west of the Atlantic Coast city of Fort Lauderdale.

The $3.7 million property came at a nice discount, since the 14,555-square-foot ranch was originally listed for $4.65 million. It's no surprise that this business-savvy player was able to score a sweet deal. In addition to his hoops career, Stoudemire has kicked off a fashion line with designer Rachel Roy.

A native of Lake Wales in the north central part of Florida, the 6-foot-10-inch Stoudemire was the only high school player taken in the 2002 NBA draft. That landed the power forward in Phoenix, where he quickly dispelled any notion that teenagers could not make it in the NBA.

In 2010, the free agent signed a deal with the Knicks, taking up residence in a nifty rental at 99 Jane Street -- an exclusive West Village condo building.

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That $37,500-a-month rental was another real estate coup for Stoudemire, who benefited from the decision of its condo board not to renew the lease of a Goldman Sachs exec Richard Kimball Jr.

So with his Big Apple digs set, Stoudemire turned his attention to a new home closer to his Florida roots. The new crib in Southwest Ranches has six bedrooms, seven bathrooms, a nine-car garage, and is set on a private and well landscaped 2.35 acres.