NFL’s Leonard Williams pays $7 million for Fort Lauderdale home
New York Giants defensive end Leonard Williams has paid $6.8 million for a waterfront home in the Las Olas Isles neighborhood of Fort Lauderdale.
Williams bought the three-story property at 527 Royal Plaza Drive from married couple Galo Coba and Jessica Atkins, according to a deed.
Marc Hameroff of Engel & Völkers represented the sellers and Tanya Vanterpool of Macken Realty represented the buyer.
The 7,660-square-foot home features five bedrooms, five-and-a-half bathrooms, a two-car garage, and third-floor flex space that is now used as an entertainment room but can be converted into a gym, office, or living room. sixth bedroom, according to Realtor.com.
The house was built in 2012 on 0.2 acres. Coba paid $3.8 million for the home in 2018, records show.
The house is a “smart home”, according to Realtor.com. (Smart homes allow remote control of appliances and lighting through a cellphone or computer.) The kitchen includes Wolf appliances, gas stove, wine cooler, and butler’s pantry. The master suite has a fireplace and an oversized bathroom with a sauna. The courtyard has a pool, spa and summer kitchen.
Williams posted an Instagram Story at the start of Memorial Day weekend, showing a wooden serving board of lobster and steak in front of a grill in the summer kitchen, with a caption, “First meal in a new home.” .
Williams, 27, was originally drafted by the New York Jets in 2015 and traded to the Giants in 2019, according to his profile on the Giants’ website.
The seller, Coba, purchased another Las Olas Isles property in January. He paid $7.7 million for the house at 444 Royal Plaza Drive.
South Florida’s waterfront residential real estate market is a magnet for athletes, with Fort Lauderdale attracting its share of the activity.
In October, Los Angeles Chargers star defensive end Joey Bosa, through a trust, paid $5.8 million for the home at 2401 Solar Plaza Drive in the city’s Idlewyld neighborhood of east of the Las Olas Islands.
The deal came on the heels of retired NBA legend Scottie Pippen, who sold the three-story mansion at 2571 Del Lago Drive at Harbor Beach in Fort Lauderdale for $10.5 million.
Pippen had won six world championships with the Chicago Bulls and a gold medal with the 1992 Olympic Dream Team.