Mike Tolbert isn’t ready to say goodbye to San Diego just yet.
The former Chargers fullback, who turned down a more lucrative contract from the team to sign with the Carolina Panthers in 2012, has bought a home in the Scripps Ranch area of San Diego for $2.225 million. The purchase comes after Tolbert put another home in the same area on the market in February for $1.3 million.
Set at the end of a cul-de-sac, the Mediterranean-style home has a casita, a pool and spa, a sports court, a bocce ball court and a turf field on more than half an acre. The west-facing lot takes in canyon and mountain views.
Living spaces replete with dark hardwoods and wrought iron chandeliers include a center-island kitchen and breakfast room, formal living and dining areas, a theater room and a game room with a wet bar in more than 6,000 square feet. There are five bedrooms and seven bathrooms.
Built for indoor-outdoor living, the family room features a wall of glass that opens to an outdoor patio. An outdoor sitting area with a fire pit sits adjacent to the pool.
The property originally came to market in 2014 and was most recently listed at $2.295 million, records show. Felicity Hunter of Coastal Premier Properties was the listing agent. Dale Soliven of Realty Enterprise represented Tolbert in the sale, according to the Multiple Listing Service.
Tolbert, 29, has rushed for 2,032 yards and 32 touchdowns in seven seasons with the Chargers and Panthers. He was a Pro Bowl and First Team All-Pro selection in 2013.
His other house, a 4,773-square-foot residence built in 2008, currently shows a status of pending.