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Hines Ward in the trophy room of the home he helped design. SOURCE: Architectural Digest

Big changes are afoot for NFL star receiver and “Dancing With The Stars” champ Hines Ward.

On February 29, the former Super Bowl MVP was cut by the Pittsburgh Steelers after 14 years. Now comes news that Ward has listed his Atlanta dream home.

In some ways, the fact that Ward is willing to give up his custom-built home in the Sandy Springs real estate market in northwest Atlanta is even more surprising that his ouster from Pittsburgh. The Steelers were expected to move on without Ward, 36, who announced his retirement Tuesday.

But the dream house? This was a blindside hit, given Ward’s attachment to the 13,000-square-foot palace that sports 5 bedrooms, 10 bathrooms and an interior that gives it the airy, serene sheen of a W Hotel, which is exactly what Ward wanted — and got.

An architecture buff and self-proclaimed addict of HGTV, Ward finished the home in 2006 after working with architect David Grace and interior designer Ann Davis. It was Ward who sought the help of top-notch home-design pros because he wanted to build not only his dream house, but his “final house.”

It made sense, given Ward’s fondness for Atlanta. He moved there when he was just a toddler, after his Korean mother divorced his father soon after the family arrived in the United States. Later, Ward attended the University of Georgia and continued to make Atlanta his home. The dream house even included an apartment for his mom, but now much has changed.

That leaves Ward’s impressive house open for previews from some of the rich and famous who have made Atlanta one of the most desirable cities in the country, with athletes, actors and musicians making their home in the sprawling southern city. While Atlanta real estate market values have been among the hardest hit during the housing recession, that may not keep away high-end buyers from Ward’s $7.5 million listing.

Sources:

Pittsburgh Cuts Loose a Revered Receiver [NY Times]
NFL Rumors: 5 Teams That Could Use Hines Ward’s Veteran Leadership [Bleacher Report]
Hines Ward Announces His Retirement [NY Times]
Hines Ward Builds His Dream House [Atlanta Magazine]
At Home with Hines Ward [Architectural Digest]

 

About the Author

Laura Vecsey is a former sports columnist, news reporter and politics writer and has worked for the Seattle Post-Intelligencer, Baltimore Sun, Albany (N.Y.) Times-Union and Harrisburg Patriot-News. She was also a regional editor with Examiner.com. She is a graduate of Sarah Lawrence College.

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