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Baseball star Nick Markakis and his wife Christina are putting their Sarasota home on the market. Now that he’s no longer playing for the Orioles—he has a new four-year, $44 million contract with the Atlanta Braves—they no longer need their spring training retreat.

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It’s located out east of I- 75, off of Fruitville, set on a gated and fenced five-acre lot, but not in a gated community. Built in 2007, there are 4 bedrooms and 4 baths. It’s a big family home—4,777 square feet—with plenty of room for the Markasis’s three young boys.

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In fact, the high light of the home is the pool area, with tropical plantings and a grotto with a waterfall—a great place for kids to play. There’s also an outdoor kitchen. The home takes adavantage of this with nice views from the indoors to the outdoor living area.

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Inside the style is part Mediterranean, part traditional, with lots of high-end, custom finishes: coffered ceilings, faux-painted walls, cherry wood flooring, etc. The master suite is particularly nice, with a sitting room and the requisite enormous bathroom.

The property is zoned for horses and there’s plenty of room to build a barn and other outbuildings.

Nick has played for the Orioles since 2006, moving to the Braves this year. He has won 2 Golden Gloves awards, and even played in the 2004 Olympics—for Greece, a result of his Greek heritage. He and Christina started the Right Side Foundation about five years ago and contribute a large part of his salary toward it. It helps distressed children in Maryland, where they have their permanent home.

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One nice touch for the new owner—a stone “M” is embedded in the pavers in the driveway, a souvenir of the Markakis’s tenure here. So long, guys—come back and visit.

551 Deer Hammock Road. Priced at $1.3 million. For more information call Samantha Kasprzyk-Benge of Key Solutions Real Estate at (941) 894-1255.