Dave Birkett, Detroit Free Press
Published 11:13 a.m. ET May 15, 2020 | Updated 1:22 p.m. ET May 15, 2020
Matthew Stafford is selling his $6.5 million Bloomfield Township home, but the wife of the Detroit Lions quarterback said there’s nothing to read into the couple’s decision to move to a different location.
“No speculation is needed,” Kelly Stafford said in a video posted on Instagram. “We’re about to have our fourth child and I personally do not want to live on a lake or have a pool with four children under the age of a little over 3. So that is the reason that it’s on the market.”
The Staffords listed their 12,295-square foot house, including its finished lower level, on Thursday, on the same day Matthew Stafford talked to reporters for the first time this offseason.
Asked about trade rumors that swirled this winter, Stafford said he never paid them much mind and wants to stay in Detroit.
He declined comment about his house being on the market when asked through the Lions on Friday morning.
Tampa Bay Buccaneers quarterback Tom Brady put his Brookline, Mass., mansion up for sale last fall before leaving the New England Patriots as a free agent this spring. Philip Rivers, likewise, put his San Diego-area home on the market before leaving the Los Angeles Chargers for the Indianapolis Colts in free agency.
“I pay less attention to (the trade rumors) than my wife does,” Stafford said Thursday. “But it’s something that doesn’t bother me. Listen, I’m here, I want to be here. I love being a Detroit Lion, I love leading this team.”
The Staffords have split their time this offseason between the home they bought in Newport Coast, Calif., last year, and their home in Atlanta.
The couple is expecting their fourth child this summer.
“It makes us super sad (to sell our home),” Kelly Stafford said on Instagram. “That house has been incredible. We’ll never have another house like it. So it is a super sad thing, but it just makes us feel better knowing that there’s no real dangers of having tiny ones running around all the bodies of water, so that is the reason.”
According to a real estate listing, the Staffords’ Bloomfield Township home sits on 1.27 acres of lakefront property and includes an indoor half basketball court made of flooring the Detroit Pistons played on at the Pontiac Silverdome, five fireplaces, a sauna, a wine cellar, a glass elevator with service to all three levels and the largest infinity pool in the state.
They bought the five-bedroom house in 2013, and did a major renovation and addition in 2016.
“I sold them the house before they had children,” Jeff Barker, of Max Broock Realtors in Birmingham, who is co-listing the house with his son Matt Barker, told the Free Press. “And now with the fourth due soon, it’s just not conducive for them anymore. It has absolutely nothing to do with football.”
Barker said the family is “actively looking at properties” in Michigan.
Free Press sports editor Chris Thomas contributed to this report.
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