Known as “Riverboat Ron,” Rivera was let go by the Panthers in 2019, and has set sail for Washington, DC, for a new post with the Redskins.
Rivera picked up the property in 2011 for $1 million, the year he joined the Panthers. The spacious 5,442-square-foot build offers five bedrooms and five bathrooms, and is in “one of the best lots in the gated community of Heydon Hall,” according to the listing details.
For Panthers fans, the home contains a few special touches.
Inside, you’re greeted by an entry with curved stairs, leading on to the living area and a formal dining room.
The kitchen includes high-end JennAir double ovens and cooktop, a built-in fridge, and a beverage fridge. It also has an island with a built-in nook for the dog bowl—possibly a custom addition.
The Riveras are dog lovers and recently held a fundraiser for the Humane Society of Charlotte, where they adopted their adorable pups.
— Ron Rivera (@RiverboatRonHC) March 23, 2020
The master suite on the main level includes a bath with heated tile floors. A custom wine cellar and study with French doors includes a Panthers logo on a stained-glass window.
Upstairs is a media room, a separate office with built-in desk and cabinets, and additional storage.
Outside, the covered terrace offers another surprise for the next owner: an outdoor TV with an autographed cover from Rivera.
“I asked him to autograph it when movers were finishing up,” says the listing agent, Bryan Criminger with Allen Tate Realtors-Charlotte-SouthPark. “He added ‘2013 and 2015 NFL Coach of the Year.’ The TV and cover are included in the sale for the buyer.”
Criminger notes that many of the home’s winning features are outside.
“The outdoor living space with the saltwater pool, outdoor kitchen with grill, pizza oven, warming drawer, beverage fridge, and custom fire pit are standout features of the home,” he says.
In addition, the nearly half-acre property comes with a separate apartment with a kitchen, over the two-car garage.
And, because the sellers have since vacated the well-kept home, it’s move-in ready.
Coach Rivera recently dialed up another real estate play. He purchased a $2.3 million Pebble Beach vacation home in February. Located on a country club, the 1920s, fully renovated three-bedroom retreat is near the golf course and the beach.
River, 58, played nine seasons for the Chicago Bears, where he won a Super Bowl ring with the 1985 team. After retiring as a player, he began his coaching career in 1997.
He coached in Carolina from 2011 to 2019, and racked up the most wins for the team of any of its coaches, including a Super Bowl appearance in the 2015 season. Despite his success, he was fired midway through the 2019 season.
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