Baseball’s Chipper Jones Puts Sprawling DOUBLE DIME RANCH on the Market
About 20 miles from the Mexico border, the roughly 9,100-acre ranch of the former Atlanta Braves third basement includes two homes, a hunting lodge and an air strip.
"When people ask me where I live, I say Northern Mexico," quips retired Atlanta Brave Larry "Chipper" Jones, whose Texas ranch is about 20 miles from the Mexico border. Now that the longtime third baseman has been hired as a special assistant for the Braves, he is putting the roughly 9,100-acre ranch on the market for $20.77 million.
Known as Double Dime Ranch, the property has two main houses-a 5,260-square-foot renovated home for Mr. Jones, and a roughly 6,400-square-foot home for his parents-as well as a nine-bedroom hunting lodge, a riding arena and an air strip. The property also has a gym, several guest cottages and about 40 lakes and ponds.
Jones, 43, combined two properties to create Double Dime: In 1999 he bought about 4,000 acres, then added another 5,100 acres in 2004. "My dad and I had hunted in South Texas and loved it," he said. Plus, the property had equestrian facilities for his mother, who keeps about 10 horses on the ranch. "You gotta keep the mom happy." he said.
Mr. Jones, who co-hosts the Sportsman Channel TV show "Major League Bowhunter", said his parents have lived on the ranch for over a decade, while he used it primarily for hunting trips until retiring from baseball after the 2012 season. About a year ago he moved there full-time. But not that he's rejoined the Braves, and with his parents "getting up there in age," he said his family is returning to the Atlanta area. He and his wife have found a new house in the Atlanta suburb of Cumming, he said, and he's looking for a new home for his parents.
Considered one of the greatest switch hitters in baseball, Mr. Jones is expected to be inducted into the Baseball Hall of Fame.
The listing agent is Robert Dullnig of Kuper Sotheby's International Realty, who is listing the ranch with Whitetail Properties.
By Candace Taylor, The Wall Street Journal