Put this one in the win column: “SportsCenter” host Scott Van Pelt purchased a massive estate in Bethesda, MD, for $4.25 million in March.
Earlier this year, it was announced that the popular anchor would be departing from ESPN’s Bristol, CT, studios and relocating to his native Maryland. He’ll continue to host the midnight edition of the network’s wrap of the day’s sporting events.
Van Pelt’s enormous Georgian Colonial-style estate was built in 2003, and features six bedrooms and 7.5 bathrooms, spread across a vast 11,519 square feet of living space.
The property covers just over 2 acres on a quiet road nestled between two golf courses—TPC Potomac at Avenel Farm and the Congressional Country Club.
If you’re not on the links, the backyard offers plenty of green space, with a private, shaded backyard. There’s a pool as well as a poolhouse.
Other notable features include an exercise room, game room, and a full bar.
The home is conveniently located about a half mile to the Beltway and less than 10 miles from the prestigious and upscale Tyson’s Corner, with plenty of shopping and a variety of restaurants to choose from.
And the purchase was far from a bad beat. The home had been on and off the market since 2014, when it was initially priced at $5.3 million. Listing details for the home state that over $6 million was spent on its construction, which means that the SportsCenter stalwart truly snagged a deal.
Since he is on his way out of the Nutmeg State, Van Pelt’s Farmington, CT, home landed on the market in February for $2 million. And he’s a motivated seller—the six-bedroom home was purchased in October 2014 for $3 million.
Measuring in at 8,801 square feet, the house sits on a 2.3 acre lot at the end of a cul-de-sac. As you enter the front door, you notice gleaming hardwood floors, as well as a formal dining room with a wood burning fireplace. An adjacent airy living room offers plenty of light.
The family room also features a fireplace and opens to a large kitchen with Carrara marble countertops and a sizable island.
An informal dining area has French doors that open to a large patio. Outside, the gas grill overlooks a secluded yard ideal for entertaining family and guests.
The master bedroom is located on the second floor and features a recently remodeled bathroom plus a walk-in closet. Two other bedrooms down the hall that share a Jack-and-Jill bathroom.
The fourth bedroom offers a full bathroom en suite. On the third level, you’ll find an additional two bedrooms with a shared bathroom and sitting area.
Last but not least, the lower level features a media room with seating for watching a big game, a wet bar, a workout area, and plenty of space for storage. For icy Connecticut winters, the home comes with a four-car heated garage.
Kara Sheehan with Washington Fine Properties represented Van Pelt on his purchase. Maggie Brennan with Coldwell Banker Realty holds the listing for his Farmington home.