Tom Brady and Gisele Bundchen, just a year after moving into the sprawling mansion they had constructed from the ground up in the tony Los Angeles neighborhood of Brentwood at a cost of $40 million, are turning around and selling that same, 14,000 square foot home — for $50 million.
It seems like an odd way to go about house-flipping. The L.A. house took four years to build. But reportedly the sale is prompted by the couple’s desire to relocate nearer to Tom Brady’s workplace — namely Foxborough, Massachusetts, home of the New England Patriots, where the future Hall of Fame quarterback earns his keep.
Brady and Bundchen are already said to be building a new, ever bigger estate, complete with its own yoga studio, on a five-acre lot in the Boston suburb of Brookline, Massachusetts. That’s just about an hour up the road from Foxborough.
Still, the decision seems somewhat odd given how warmly they spoke of the Brentwood estate in an interview with Architectural Digest just after moving in.
“I like simplicity and coziness,” said the Brazilian super-duper model and product-branding queen. “I want to live in a place that feels like a real home, where you can put your feet up on the couch and just relax.”
“Gisele and I have eight sisters between us, and there are lots of kids,” Tom Brady added. “We built this house as a sanctuary for our family—a place where we can enjoy being together. It was important for us to plant roots for our family.”
Apparently, those roots will now be planted in the snowy northeast, rather than in sunny Southern California with an expansive view of the Pacific Ocean.
In fairness to Tom Brady, the NFL off-season — which was the only time the couple had available to spend in the Brentwood palace — is a short one, especially for Brady’s Patriots who have been to five Super Bowls and eight AFC championship games in his tenure. That means he’s working steadily from the end of July until late January or early February almost every year.
And that doesn’t count the various mini-camps and off-season workout sessions held by the Patriots and all NFL teams every year. Given that Brady has offered every indication that he plans to play the remainder of his career with the Patriots, the convenience of a permanent home in Massachusetts makes sense.
The $10 million profit that Tom Brady and Gisele Bundchen hope to make from selling the L.A. home is mostly an afterthought. Tom Brady has an estimated net worth of $120 million — and that’s only half of what his supermodel spouse has on her ledger: a cool $240 million.