11 Pro Bowl titles, six Super Bowl appearances, four Super Bowl championship titles, three Super Bowl MVP awards, two NFL MVP awards…and the list goes on! Despite having a bright future in Major League Baseball as a left-handed power hitting catcher for the Montreal Expos, Tom Brady’s heart was set on football as he declined an offer from the MLB and enrolled at the University of Michigan. For the first two years, Brady struggled to get any playing time as a backup quarterback until 1998 when he caught his first major break and took the field. Immediately proving his talents and setting a handful of Michigan records for passing and yardage, Brady had high hopes of joining the NFL.
Drafted in the sixth round of the 2000 NFL Draft by the New England Patriots, Brady slowly rose to the top of the charts as he became the Patriots’ franchise player and took his team to six Super Bowls, the most of any quarterback in NFL history. Now ranked as the greatest quarterback to ever take the field, he might be among the highest paid athletes in the world but his success doesn’t stop on the field. The proud endorsee of many popular brands including Under Armour, Stetson and Movado, Brady brings in $7 million annually from endorsements alone with his career earnings totaling $152 million, second only to Peyton Manning. But, even that is mere pennies compared to the lady of the house.
Marrying Brazilian supermodel Gisele Bundchen in 2009 after being set up on a blind date three years prior, Brady might be a millionaire on the field but his gorgeous wife certainly out-earns and outranks his superstar status with career earnings of over $1 billion. And, as you might imagine, the hottest couple in the spotlight joined forces and bank accounts after tying the knot, which has led them to build quite an impressive real estate portfolio starting with their Boston penthouse and moving from their California digs to their stunning mansion in Brookline, Massachusetts.
First living in a 3,412 square foot condo from 2004 to 2008, Brady sold his Boston bachelor pad shortly before he and Bundchen said “I do” and settled into their three bedroom, five-bathroom penthouse in Massachusetts’ prestigious Back Bay community. Months later, the couple listed the pad for $10.9 million only to reduce the price to $10.5 million in 2011 before finally accepting an offer in 2012 for $9.271 million. In the meantime, the couple was busy building their first mansion in Los Angeles’ Brentwood neighborhood right next door to Arnold Schwarzenegger.
Stretching across 22,000 square feet, the Brady’s Brentwood abode was fit for an NFL king and his supermodel queen with eight bedrooms, a butler’s room, a six car garage, swimming pool and dozens of other amenities but, it still wasn’t home. Setting their sights on the east coast once again, the celebrity “Tomsele” sold the estate to Dr. Dre for $40 million as news broke that they had purchased five acres of land in Brookline, Massachusetts for $4.5 million in 2013.
Brady and Bundchen rented their former penthouse in Back Bay as they built their 14,317 square foot dream home adjacent to Pine Manor College and, coincidentally enough, right next door to Patriots owner Robert Kraft. The home, which was designed by Richard Landry and has a stone masonry façade, is absolutely breathtaking with a library, grand living room and formal dining room on the first floor in addition to a balcony with overhead views of the state-of-the-art gym perfectly suited for Brady’s high-intensity training. The chef’s kitchen is absolutely stunning with a pantry and separate wine storage but, the master suite truly steals the show after a short climb up the ornate staircase opens to the second floor where walk-in closets and a massive master bathroom await. Just down the hall, three of four bedrooms belong to the Brady children: Jack, Benjamin and Vivian.
The home also features a sunroom for the family and their guests to enjoy New England’s beautiful afternoons in addition to a playroom for the children as well as a private theater for family movie nights. With no space left untouched or unfinished, even the basement is remarkable with a full spa that is complete with a rehabilitation tub, massage table and sauna. Bundchen, a fitness enthusiast, insisted that Landry include a yoga studio as well.
Moving outside where the long list of amenities continues, the Brady estate has a guest house above a multi-car garage in addition to a 1,700 square foot house for the property and home’s caretakers. The oversized swimming pool, multiple balconies and spacious patio only add to the home’s appeal while the ornate details of the design and landscape match the history and charm of the quaint town nestled just outside of Boston.
While the Deflate-Gate scandal may have left Brady sidelined for a few games, fortunately he’s bounced back in the NFL as a true rags to riches story after coming quite a long way from his early days at Michigan where he fought to simply take the field. Now living the dream life with a gorgeous wife, three happy kids, a mansion in Massachusetts and a penthouse in New York City, dozens of awards, four Super Bowl rings as well as millions (if not billions) in the bank, we can’t help but wonder—what more could a guy want?