John Smoltz has the most incredible backyard I have ever seen. The former Atlanta Braves Cy Young Award-winning pitcher lives in a multi-million dollar mansion in Milton, Ga., and he turned his backyard into an amazing sports complex.
Smoltz showed off his backyard in an episode of HGTV’s “Million Dollar Rooms” that aired recently (h/t Cosby Sweaters). The mansion is over 18,000 square feet, has 10 bedrooms, 14 bathrooms, spans 22 acres, and is home to Smoltz, his wife, and their six children.
Smoltz did much of the work creating the yard and estimates he spent over $2 million and thousands of hours of labor on it. He says he has a full-time landscaper and that it takes seven hours to cut all the grass.
Here’s what the yard contains:
- - 9-hole golf course (according to Smoltz; listings say 18 holes)
- putting green that has lights to practice at night
- baseball field with splash zone beyond left field
- fishing pond
- tennis court
- volleyball court
- full basketball court
- football/soccer field
Other cool details: The golf course has a watering system featuring 38 different zones and is irrigated through the pond. The baseball field is made of synthetic turf. Smoltz says many teams have gone there to work out when their fields were in poor condition.
“This is a lot,” says Smoltz, “but it’s so much fun.”
The backyard is not the only amazing part of the mansion. Not only does it include a theater, bar, eight-car garage and fitness room, but the whole bottom floor is a museum-like trophy area.
The floor features newspapers, jerseys, gear, and other memorabilia in well-lit cases. Smoltz’s memorabilia includes his Cy Young Award trophy, a replica World Series trophy from the Braves’ 1995 win, and a torch Muhammad Ali carried for the Atlanta Olympics.
The estate was actually for sale last January and listed for $7.2 million. It’s unclear whether Smoltz is still looking to sell, but the listing on the often outdated site Realtor.com says the property is still active. You have to wonder why Smoltz would be selling something he put so much time and effort into perfecting.
In case you can’t sit through the entire video, below are some shots of the yard:
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