Former Charger Shawne Merriman sells home at a loss

Former Chargers star Shawn Merriman completes short sale in San Diego

Retired NFL linebacker Shawne Merriman has parted ways with a home in San Diego, selling the property for $1.059 million.

On and off the market over the past four years, the 3,950-square-foot home relisted as a short sale in December with an asking price of $1.049 million. Merriman purchased the house in 2005 for $1.465 million, records show.

Built in 2005, the single-story Mediterranean is highlighted by detailed wainscoting, stone accents and raised ceilings with exposed beams. A center-island kitchen, a great room and living room with fireplace are among living spaces. The master suite, one of four bedrooms and five bathrooms, has a masonry fireplace and an expanded bath with a steam shower.

Landscaped grounds of about a quarter of an acre contain a large entertainer’s patio, an outdoor fireplace and a pool and spa, set off by canyon views. Elsewhere is a three-car garage.

Jeff Grant of Sand & Sea Investments Inc. was the listing agent. Kyle Crabb of Redfin represented the buyer in the sale, which closed in late February.

The recent transaction marks the second sale made by the former football player in the last year. Last summer, Merriman sold a one-bedroom condo in San Diego’s Gaslamp Quarter for $217,5000 -- less than half of what he paid for the property in 2007.

Merriman, famous for his "Lights Out” sack celebration, played seven seasons for the Chargers and Bills and led the NFL with 17 sacks in 2006. More recently, the 30-year-old moonlighted as a wrestler and announcer for the WWE.

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