Angels' Albert Pujols puts his Irvine mansion up for sale at $7.75 million

Angels' Albert Pujols puts his Irvine mansion up for sale at $7.75 million
Professional baseball player Albert Pujols is asking $7.75 million for his home in the Shady Canyon area of Irvine. ( | Inset: Los Angeles Times)
Angels slugger Albert Pujols is taking a swing at a home sale, listing his mansion in the Shady Canyon area of Irvine for sale at $7.75 million.
Set on half an acre on a cul-de-sac, the Spanish Colonial-style home was designed by Irvine-based architect John Henderson and completed in 2010.
Entered through a gated courtyard with a fountain, the home features a rotunda entry with a sweeping staircase, formal living and dining rooms, a center-island kitchen, five bedrooms and 6.5 bathrooms in roughly 9,200 square feet of space.
Broad archways, hand-painted finishes and wrought iron fixtures are among the details. Rustic wood beams top a great room with a fireplace.
A lower-level lounge area is outfitted with a game room and a wine cellar. Curtains slide away to reveal a theater room with a wet bar.
The master suite has a fireplace, a sitting area, a soaking tub and French doors that open to the grounds.
Outdoors, a large flagstone patio surrounds a curved swimming pool with a waterfall feature. A separate spa sits adjacent to the pool.
Views take in the surrounding valley and canyon area.
The house previously sold in 2012 for $5.55 million, property records show.
Michael Franco of Beach Cities Real Estate holds the listing.
Pujols, 36, has won three Most Valuable Player awards and made 10 all-star teams in 15 seasons with the Angels and St. Louis Cardinals. He is entering the fifth year of a 10-year, $240-million contract he signed with the Angels in 2012.

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