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MLB All-Star Mark Melancon's Anna Maria Island Home Has Hit the Market

For just under $11 million, the Arizona Diamondbacks pitcher's house can be yours.

By Kim Doleatto April 14, 2023

535 70th St. is on Holmes Beach, on Anna Maria Island.

From rock legends to celebrity authors and sports stars, the Gulf Coast is duly dotted with the multimillion-dollar homes of the rich and famous.

This one, in Manatee County, belongs to four-time MLB All-Star Mark Melancon, who now pitches for the Arizona Diamondbacks, and his wife Mary Catherine. It's full of homey, joyful details that make it stand out.

Arizona Diamondbacks pitcher Mark Melancon with his wife Mary Catherine.

Arizona Diamondbacks pitcher Mark Melancon with his wife Mary Catherine.

The couple bought the Holmes Beach address on Anna Maria Island for $1.45 million, back when it was an empty lot in 2018, and built their home from the ground up. Now, it could be yours—furniture and all, including those bubble couches—for $10,950,000 million.

The home is full of happy touches due in part to the Melancons' three young children and some creative help. “We wanted color and fun, and we built it with our family in mind. Emily Moss [of local design firm Emily Moss Designs] was great about bringing that in,” Mary Catherine explains. 

A crossword puzzle on the wall and basketball nets give this living room personality.

The two-story waterfront home is brimming with personality. There’s a crossword puzzle on a living room wall that includes their family names, plus basketball nets—all sports are welcome at the baseballer’s home—a pink bathroom, and outdoor swings “that you can really pump and get a good height out of, if you want,” says Mary Catherine.

Each bathroom has a unique character.

One of five full bathrooms.

But with 5,921 square feet, six bedrooms, five full bathrooms and two half-bathrooms, there’s plenty of room in this house for dedicated adult spaces too. A laid-back TV room above the two-and-half-car garage sports some of Melancon’s jerseys since his MLB debut in 2009. He’s since played for the New York Yankees, Houston Astros, Boston Red Sox, Pittsburgh Pirates, Washington Nationals, San Francisco Giants, Atlanta Braves and San Diego Padres. The room is a place that’s set away from the rest of the home—one “that doesn’t interfere with [the kids'] bedtime, where people can be louder,” Mark says.

A laid-back lounge room with some of Melancon's jerseys on display.

There's also a speakeasy with a built-in table surrounded by benches and textured concrete walls that look like brick. Built-in wine and liquor shelving make it easy to stay well-stocked.

One of six bedrooms. Many of the rooms have unique ceiling details.

The couple loves their 16-foot kitchen island, complete with a six-foot galley sink. “We were talked into the galley sink, and it's our favorite thing ever now. You can rest accessories on the sink. It becomes its own appliance,” Mary Catherine says. A dry pantry and decked-out smoothie bar act almost like a second kitchen, with a fridge, ice maker and dishwasher. The shelving holds a rainbow of ingredients like chia seed, coconut, açaí, and “anything you might want to throw into a smoothie," she says. 

The kitchen has quartz countertops and a 16-foot island.

A more formal dining area precedes the kitchen.

The home is outfitted with a Lutron lighting system, and lots of glass invites natural light and water views.

Outside, spanning 1,618 square feet, everyone can play. There’s an artificial turf lawn, for minimal maintenance and an always-perfect look. Fun fact: the couple also owns a company called Diamond Turf, a PGA-quality turf company.

Mark’s favorite part of the home is the outdoor grill area that overlooks the water. There’s also an infinity pool and spa and a five-hole putting green with sand dunes for a super-realistic golf experience. At night, the holes light up.

And then there's the water. Sitting on Bimini Bay, “the water is like glass, and every splash is a stingray or manatee,” he says. “When we hear something, we run outside to check out what it is.”

An infinity edge pool and spa.

A putting green.

The location is protected from higher winds, and kayaking with the kids is easy-peasy since “the water is so calm,” Mary Catherine says. There are also two docks for boat storage—but even from the dock, fishing and cast netting can yield a red snapper catch.

The home has multiple balconies and an outdoor kitchen and dining area.

With so much to love about the area, the Melancons aren’t abandoning the island, and have another home there. They also have family members who feel the same way and call the island home.

“The beaches are wonderful, the island isn't commercialized. In most beach towns in Florida, you'll have skyscrapers,” Mark says.

“Ultimately, we've always been attracted to a strong community feel. Anna Maria has that. We love interacting and being a part of something bigger than just our own network,” Mary Catherine adds. “It'll always be a part of our lives.”

Interested? Call Charles Buky of Coldwell Banker Realty at (941) 228-6086.

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