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Saturday 17 November 2018

Dropped shot: McIlroy sells his US mansion for $11.5m - less than he paid six years ago

On the move: Rory McIlroy has sold his Florida mansion
On the move: Rory McIlroy has sold his Florida mansion
On the move: Rory McIlroy has sold his Florida mansion
Geraldine Gittens

Geraldine Gittens

Golfer Rory McIlroy has sold his waterfront mansion in Florida for $11.5m, which is less than he paid for it six years ago.

McIlroy's trust bought the six-bedroom property, which has its own dock, for $9.5m and a vacant lot for $2.25m in 2012.

Neighbours in Palm Beach, Florida, included tennis stars Serena and Venus Williams.

The 10,577 square-feet home has six bedrooms, seven bathrooms and two half-bathrooms, a pool, a dock, a large synthetic putting green, and an exercise area.

There's also a one-bedroom guest house on the property, and a 1,400 square-foot garage which has enough room for four cars. The driveway has two extra spaces.

In a promotion video for Bose in 2013, McIlroy said he felt it was the right time to find a US base as he was spending so much time playing there.

He said he couldn't believe he could call the mansion his home.

"Considering how I grew up, how hard my mum and dad worked for me, how little we had in comparison to all of this," he said.

"It is something I really appreciate and something I definitely don't take for granted."

He added that he loved the "feel" of the place as soon as he walked in.

"It's very modern, very contemporary," he said.

"When you come in you can see straight out the back and onto the water ... it's uplifting in a way."

Earlier this year, it was reported Rory and wife Erica had moved into Ernie Els' old home nearby and the property was put up for sale with a $13m price tag.

Local reports said that the home had now sold for $11.5m, a quarter of a million less than the golfer was said to have paid in 2012.

Irish Independent

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