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Wanna buy Jeff Bagwell’s house?

Jan 22, 2013, 10:44 AM EDT

Bagwell House

It’s only $15 million. A bargain for 16,000+ square feet. Of course you’d have to move to Houston, and I wouldn’t wish that on anyone:

Magnificent estate privately situated, over 2.46 acres of incredible grounds on exclusive Timberwilde Lane. Extensively renovated & rebuilt 2009 by Steve Goodchild w/impeccable design & interiors by Marjorie Slovack. Grand gallery. Fabulous formals. Wine vault. Gourmet kitchen open to den. Billiard room/media room. Luxurious master suite. 4 guest suites. Loggia w/summer kitchen & fireplace. Saltwater pool/spa. 2 bedroom guest house. Separate fitness center/spa. Gated drive court + 6 car garage.

Downside: while there is absolutely no evidence for it whatsoever, there’s a nasty rumor going around that the place has mold. No one will say so publicly, but people suspect it and suspecting is good enough where Jeff Bagwell is concerned.

  1. heyblueyoustink - Jan 22, 2013 at 10:50 AM

    Does it come with its own “HGH Garden”?

    ( Kidding, sarcasm, KIDDING! )

    • dcfan4life - Jan 22, 2013 at 11:44 AM

      Poor taste. Like the idea of paying $15 million to live in Houston…

  2. foreverchipper10 - Jan 22, 2013 at 10:53 AM

    Looks nice. I’ll take two.

    • stex52 - Jan 22, 2013 at 12:13 PM

      I might consider it, but I’d have to renovate. Hate those stupid-looking castle turrets.

    • badintent - Jan 22, 2013 at 6:13 PM

      $15 million in this market ??In Houston ? I say he take $12Million if he gets an offer for that. His real estate agent must be Boras.
      It is any concidence that Bonds has put his Beverly Hills crib up for sale at the same time ???? for $25 million. just asking……………………………………………………..

  3. takemytalentstosoutheuclid - Jan 22, 2013 at 10:54 AM

    He’s got Loggia? So that’s where he’s been since Independence Day.

    • rocketsteadman - Jan 22, 2013 at 12:00 PM

      This is what I think of every time I hear Loggia.

  4. nolanwiffle - Jan 22, 2013 at 10:58 AM

    Someone should probably tell Bagwell (or his interior designer) that Dutch Boy now makes several colors other than white, off-white, egg shell white, beige, and ecru.

    • gloccamorra - Jan 22, 2013 at 5:24 PM

      He’d probably choose fawn beige, Malibu beige, and dusty beige.

  5. kirkvanhouten - Jan 22, 2013 at 11:01 AM

    Fun facts:

    A household that makes $170,000 a year would rank in the top 10% of wage earners in America. If their full salary was used to make annual payments on this house without interest, it would take them 88.2 years to fully purchase it.

    America….fuck yeah.

    • dan1111 - Jan 22, 2013 at 11:17 AM

      Only in America can a somewhat rich person not afford to buy a super extremely rich person’s house.

      • kopy - Jan 22, 2013 at 11:54 AM

        It’s an outrage. Everyone who makes more money than me should pay all the taxes, regardless of how much I make or if circumstances and choices completely controllable by me are limiting my income.

    • kirkvanhouten - Jan 22, 2013 at 12:13 PM

      Hmm…my comment, instead of a moderately interesting statistic has apparently been misconstrued as a comment on class disparity due to the inclusion of a Team American World Police quote at the end. To clarify, the undertone of my comment was merely “Look how expensive that house is!”.

      Let’s go back to debating politics on apparently every other Hardballtalk post.

      • dan1111 - Jan 22, 2013 at 12:30 PM

        My apologies for misconstruing the comment. Your closing remark appeared to be a commentary on the state of affairs in America. But yes, I think we can all agree that it is one expensive house!

  6. sabathiawouldbegoodattheeighthtoo - Jan 22, 2013 at 11:10 AM

    It seems unnaturally large. I am suspicious and will wait until next year to decide if I want to bid on it.

  7. Gobias Industries - Jan 22, 2013 at 11:34 AM

    I was sold until the “6 car garage” part. Where the hell am I going to park my other 17 cars? Under the hot Texas sun like the upper middle class do? Can you imagine? Nuts to that.

    • historiophiliac - Jan 22, 2013 at 11:38 AM

      Put up some carports. The neighbors will LOVE it.

    • kevinbnyc - Jan 22, 2013 at 3:30 PM

      4 story concrete parking garage. Just make sure it doesn’t cast a shadow over your saltwater pool/spa.

      • gloccamorra - Jan 22, 2013 at 5:28 PM

        Have you been to Houston? Shadows are the most sought after home amenity. If he had any there, they would have been included in the listing.

  8. barrywhererufrom - Jan 22, 2013 at 11:36 AM

    what’s with the Houston bashing? I live in the Northeast specifically New York. Our economy sucks and we are taxed at some of the highest level in the States. Houston’s economy is one of the fastest growing in the nation and unemployment is below the nations average. Way out of my price range. People in the Northeast will continue to escape to areas where you can work and not get taxed at some of the highest rates in the nation.

    • v2rotate - Jan 22, 2013 at 11:38 AM

      Spend a week in Houston and you will understand.

    • nolanwiffle - Jan 22, 2013 at 11:46 AM

      Houston…..too close to New Orleans.

    • mrfloydpink - Jan 22, 2013 at 4:16 PM

      “If I owned Texas and Hell, I would rent Texas and live in Hell.” – Gen. Philip Sheridan

  9. stex52 - Jan 22, 2013 at 11:39 AM

    Probably wants to settle back in New England, where he came from. Can’t blame him too much. I like visiting there more than anywhere else in the country.

    As to any other disparaging comments about the Texas Gulf Coast, I will merely note that the author LIVES IN CLEVELAND BY CHOICE.

    • Craig Calcaterra - Jan 22, 2013 at 11:46 AM

      The author does not live in Cleveland. Cleveland is 130+ miles from the author’s home. The author lives in a fortified compound on the outskirts of Columbus. BIG difference.

      But really, the anti-Houston stuff has everything to do with the oppressive heat and humidity and the urban sprawl of Houston. There are probably 10 places I’d rather live in Texas before I’d live in Houston, and I’m not terribly fond of Texas at the outset.

      • stex52 - Jan 22, 2013 at 12:01 PM

        My mistake, Craig. And I actually like Columbus better than Cleveland, whose main purpose I always saw as a great place to connect flights to New England.

        But ten places is a stretch. The humidity keeps if from getting as truly roastingly hot as it gets in much of the rest of Texas. As to urban sprawl, tell all of those Northeners and Californians to stop moving down here. I liked it much better when Texas only had about 12 million residents myself.

      • dan1111 - Jan 22, 2013 at 12:12 PM

        “The humidity keeps if from getting as truly roastingly hot…”

        This is one I really have not heard before. By all accounts (and my own experience) temperatures in a humid climate may be a bit lower, but they feel a lot hotter.

        I don’t know much about Houston one way or another, but if your argument for Houston is “it’s humid”, then I’d hate to hear the case against.

      • paperlions - Jan 22, 2013 at 12:26 PM

        Fortified compound? Does that mean that you fertilized the lawn, only buy cereals that are fortified with vitamins, and only drink fortified wine? Or do you mean that it has been fort-i-fied with the addition of spike-topped log walls and cannons?

      • historiophiliac - Jan 22, 2013 at 12:53 PM

        Don’t let him fool you, paper. Bat Cave is in North Carolina — not Ohio.

      • umrguy42 - Jan 22, 2013 at 1:16 PM

        Definitely a big difference – Every time I’ve had to drive through in the winter, the snow is ALWAYS a problem near Cleveland, and a mere nuisance in Columbus :p

    • APBA Guy - Jan 22, 2013 at 12:06 PM

      Since Craig threw down the gauntlet, let’s concede that’s he’s right about the heat and humidity in Houston. It’s like Thailand. Plus, those days when the wind is “just right” and the refinery smells descend on West Houston are “unforgettable”. But in the 3 years I lived in Texas, a year of which was me getting used to the heat, the friendliest people I met were in Houston-by far.

      Now, having said that, there is a huge reason I live in NorCal, and that is the weather, but I’d give a lot to have a Rudy’s down the street, and a Chuy’s. Still, if I could afford a $ 15M place, it would probably be in SoCal, the only place in the Continental US where the weather is better than NorCal.

      • stex52 - Jan 22, 2013 at 12:20 PM

        My sister settled in Northern California. I like that very well, too. But her sons, who grew up there, will not come to visit Houston in the summer. They can’t manage it. Just a side comment. I’d have to say it is indeed a rare day when refinery smells reach west Houston.

        If money was absolutely no object, I would consider an estate in Monterrey, or on one of those islands off of the Maine coast. However money is an object, and family is near. So we stay.

        And no, humidity is not a selling point for Houston. I was challenging the assertion that there were ten places in Texas with more livable climates.

      • paperlions - Jan 22, 2013 at 12:33 PM

        Hey, no humidity in Lubbock. A bit of wind though, and you will see small bits of New Mexico regularly blowing by. But it is flat, so if you ever wanted to see the curvature of the earth personally, that might hold so interest for you. Plus, Buddy Holly was born there (I seem to remember that being mentioned once or twice or 12 gazillion times).

      • stex52 - Jan 22, 2013 at 12:50 PM

        I had Lubbock in mind. Go about two hundred miles west into the New Mexico mountains and I like it very well. But Lubbock makes my list of not very livable places.

      • Craig Calcaterra - Jan 22, 2013 at 12:55 PM

        The official girlfriend of Hardball Talk just moved in with me after spending the past several years in San Antonio. I visited several times this past year and came to like San Antonio a lot. Yes, it was hot as hell too, but I found the town to be pretty neat. Her folks lived up in Boerne, and we did a lot of hill country stuff, which I also liked.

        Wouldn’t choose to live there, but if someone said “you have to move to Texas,” I’d go down that way before Houston.

      • jwbiii - Jan 22, 2013 at 12:56 PM

        I like the summer in Austin. It’s kind of a crapshoot. If the wind is from the south, it’s Gulf weather, like Houston. If the wind in from the west, it’s desert weather, like Lubbock. Variety is truly the spice of life!

      • stex52 - Jan 22, 2013 at 1:13 PM

        Ah, yes, Boerne. The place about 23 million Texans would like to move to. It’s a good thing we don’t all do it at once.

      • paperlions - Jan 22, 2013 at 1:16 PM

        Yep, once you get into the NW mountains, things that way are pretty cool, diverse habitats (other than bare sand or cotton), wildlife, mountain streams. Lubbock is windy, hot, dry, bland, and a million miles from anywhere….but then, it is also a cheap place to live, relatively safe, and fairly convenient in that you don’t have to drive far in town to find what you want or need….it is just that….once you are out of town…there is nothing until El Paso, Amarillo, Albuquerque, or Dallas….depending on the direction you are driving.

    • cur68 - Jan 22, 2013 at 12:33 PM


      I’s -23 degrees Celsius today. There’s a lazy wind. You know, the kind that’s too lazy to go around you? Just goes right on through you. Managed to convince my dog to walk about 4 blocks before she sat down and refused to go on. Dragged me back home and hid under the bed, too. The air is so dry, its impossible to keep hydrated: everyone in the house has occasional nose bleeds because of it.

      Its an averaged Alberta winter day, here. Winter lasts for about 8 months. The other 4 are pretty much just bad sledding days.

      • historiophiliac - Jan 22, 2013 at 12:57 PM

        Oh, they’ve got wind in Texas. It’s like walking around in a hair dryer when it’s 115* F in the summer.

      • stex52 - Jan 22, 2013 at 12:57 PM

        Not to rub it in, Cur. You know I wouldn’t do that. But as I sit in my temporary office today, it is 20 degrees C in Houston under a crystal clear blue sky. Just a slight sea breeze and a humidity of 55%.

        Talk to me again in August. Or June or July or September or even May most years. But the tradeoff is a climate where you can persist in most outdoor activities year round.

      • umrguy42 - Jan 22, 2013 at 1:19 PM

        Oh c’mon, cur, I’m sure Alberta has lovely summers. Is it still scheduled this year for 2-4:30pm on August19th, or did they move it?

      • cur68 - Jan 22, 2013 at 1:29 PM

        Summer = mosquitos the size and disposition of sidewinder missiles.

        And South Texas, you got a real mean streak in you. Real mean.

      • paperlions - Jan 22, 2013 at 1:37 PM

        I worked in MN for 4 summers doing research, a couple of those years were in counties on the Canadian border in a lot of bogs, marshes, swamps, and fens. We created a “mosquito index”. One guy would stand still for 1 minute after exiting the vehicle, the other would slap him in the middle of the back at the end of that 1 minute and carefully peel the hand away to count the mosquitoes. Anything under 20 wasn’t too bad. Any skin that wasn’t covered in clothes had to be covered in deet. The ‘skeeters would be bouncing off of your face and hands constantly, as soon as your sweat washed the deet off of a spot, the mosquitoes would let you know so you could re-apply the toxins.

        The most amazing thing is how fast those things can fly. If you sprint 50 yards down the road, it only takes them a few seconds to catch up to you.

  10. barrywhererufrom - Jan 22, 2013 at 11:42 AM

    unemployment rate in Houston 6.3%
    unemployment rate in NYC 8.8% USA unemployment 7.8%..if their crime was rate was high I would get your point. I just hope its not the elitists’ in some people who put down areas in the South. Just like in sports maybe the stats that I posted don’t show the full picture..ok i am done

    • dan1111 - Jan 22, 2013 at 12:02 PM

      What you do not realize is that NYC is very scrappy and also a great clubhouse presence and team leader.

    • koufaxmitzvah - Jan 22, 2013 at 12:04 PM

      Poverty rate in Texas:

      “Despite its growth and diversified economy, Texas also has had the less fortunate history since 1980 of having a larger percent of its population living in poverty than the overall US average.”

      Read more here:

      I like living in Texas, and I definitely don’t mind paying taxes for education, women’s health, income balancing, and shit like roads, fire departments, and the like.

      I don’t live in Texas because my tax rates are cheap. I am not a corporation. Corporations are not people, friend.

  11. tdbj89 - Jan 22, 2013 at 11:56 AM

    fot those of u hating on living in houston im sure u have never lived there. it has its good parts and bad. but im sure bagwells house isnt in the hood lol.

  12. andyreidisthegoat - Jan 22, 2013 at 12:51 PM

    I wouldn’t wish that I anyone


    why what is wrong with houston and why would someone in the media make a comment like that. you aren’t a blogger your’re the author. not professional. And I don’t live in houston and could really care less if you like it or don’t. just struck me as an odd comment.

  13. mudhead123 - Jan 22, 2013 at 12:58 PM

    Texas as a state sucks

  14. markofapro - Jan 22, 2013 at 1:34 PM

    Yo, mud. YOU suck.

  15. waybright25 - Jan 22, 2013 at 3:45 PM

    It’s 70º and sunny down here in Houston. Let me guess, you’re probably freezing your balls off anywhere except Phoenix or LA.

  16. waybright25 - Jan 22, 2013 at 3:46 PM

    Cleveland…the butthole of America!

  17. scottgilroy - Jan 23, 2013 at 7:03 PM

    When itvwas first bought, it was just a condo

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