For sale: a lavishly appointed 10,000-square-foot Mediterranean-style villa on Saadiyat Island in Abu Dhabi. Swimming pool. Downstairs guest suite. Domestic and service kitchens. Enough surrounding acreage for short game practice. Lake, sea and golf course views. Quick drive to shops and beach-side resorts.
Oh, and a round of golf with Adam Scott.
Consider it a perk for anyone who snatches up Scott’s modest abode, which is now on the market at an asking price of AUS $7 million (about $6.2 million U.S. dollars).
According to the Property Observer, an Australian publication, Scott’s playing schedule in the United States and Europe has kept him from fully enjoying the spread, which he purchased “off plan” in 2008 for roughly the same price that he’s now hoping to sell it for. At the time he bought it, Scott intended to use the home as a base for playing on the European Tour, but you know how things go. Busy, busy, busy. The villa was completed six months ago, and Scott has never lived in it.
Nice pad, to say the least, but in case the specs alone are not enough incentive, Scott has dangled an additional carrot: he’ll play 18 holes with whomever buys it.
Scott’s Middle East pied-a-terre overlooks Abu Dhabi Golf Club, the 27-hole facility that plays host to the European Tour's Abu Dhabi HSBC Golf Championship. But the venue for the round is TBD, according to Andrew Colvill, the head of investment sales at LLJ Property, which is handling the sale
“Whether the round of golf takes place in Abu Dhabi or on one of the courses in America or Australia, Adam will definitely honor the commitment to play,” Colvill said.
It’s been a busy year for Scott, both on the course and in the real estate market. In 2013, he ranked as the second-highest earning Australian athlete (behind basketballer Andrew Bogut) banking an estimated $15.5 million dollars in prize money and endorsement deals, according to the Business Review Weekly.
But it wasn’t all profit, all the time. Late last year, he sold another property -- a split-level apartment in the Queensland suburb of Surfers Paradise -- at a $2.4 million loss.
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