Matthew Stafford is OUT as Lions QB, Here's the Home He's Leaving Behind

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If you want to talk about loyalty to a franchise, Matthew Stafford is your guy. Stafford started playing with the Detroit Lions back in 2009 at the age of 21 and 12 years later, he's now 32 and moving on after requesting a trade.

Why? Well, Detroit hasn't won a playoff game since 1991. The franchise QB was 3 years old at the time. That might be a contributing factor.

Stafford will be moving on to Los Angeles to play for the Rams and is leaving behind quite an impressive mansion. It isn't often that we get to take a look inside of the private homes of celebrities and high profile athletes. However, sometimes moves like this allow us to take a peek behind the curtain, if you will.

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As listed by Jeff Barker, the home in Bloomfield Hills, MI hits the market at an asking price of $6.5 million. The mansion resides in a suburb about a half hour north of Detroit.

So what is it that such a long tenured quarterback is living like? Stafford is currently playing on a deal that guarantees him a minimum of $60.5 million so his choice of homes is pretty much unlimited.

The house that caught Stafford's fancy at one time and is now up for sale happens to be 7,720 square-foot estate on a 1.27 acre lot.

The most notable thing that we gather at a first glance is the amazing view view. That view is provided by a desirable corner lot, giving panoramic views of Upper Long Lake. In fact, the listing agent even tells us that the property comes with a total of 441-foot of lake frontage.

Major renovation was done to the building in 2016 to bring it up-to-date. It's wild how quickly real estate can begin to feel a little bit aged. With this renovation, we find the finest and materials and craftsmanship. The design was also modernized to make the most of the gorgeous structure's footprint.

Entering the home to a two-story foyer and walls of windows really gives it a unique vibe. If there's one thing that we can't say enough about some homes it's that natural lighting is key. Having lots of windows can really transform the feeling of any space, especially one this large. 

From there, we head to the kitchen where we find the likes of granite floors, a pair of islands, countertop seating, and everything that one would need to accommodate a gourmet chef including a Wolf stainless appliance suite.

Don't forget the wine cellar because that is just as important as the kitchen itself, of course. Inside, we find space for 625 bottles in a temperature controlled cellar.

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For those who enjoy entertaining along with a little bit of rest and relaxation, we find a variety of unique entertaining spaces. The first that caught our eye features a bar and pool table alike. It looks like the perfect place to sit down and enjoy an event together. Perhaps it would be ideal for a day like Super Bowl Sunday.

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Following along with the R&R theme, the home also hosts its very own basketball court. This isn't just any court but instead one that has a very special feature.

Not only is the floor complete with the logo of the Detroit Pistons. It has also been built with original wood from the floor of the Silverdome where the Pistons played until it was closed in January of 2013. If that's not an exclusive feature, we're not sure what is.

Of course, the master suite is decked out for a king or queen. Not only does it involve plenty of space to really spread out.

It also comes equipped with a closet that seems to go on for days.

We would think that most buyers would probably have to do a little bit of shopping in order to fill a closet like this.

Naturally, the en suite bathroom also has just about every amenity that one could ever want or need. We will let the pictures do the talking here. 

A couple of other features worth mentioning are a coffee bar, glass elevator, five fireplaces, a sauna, and a steam room.

The home also includes a walkout lower level with an infinity pool that promises to be the largest in the state of Michigan.

The theme of being an entertaining home continues with the likes of an outdoor barbecue area. Who wouldn't love to look over that beautiful lake during the summer with a couple of burgers on the grill?

Don't forget the three car heated garage and private dock that allow storage for all of the toys!

It really does look like Stafford was living the good life with this Michigan home. We would think that, with his commute to Los Angeles, he will probably find that $6.5 million isn't going to buy him quite as nice of a layout. Perhaps, it's time for a little bit more spending, though. Stafford is still slated to make over $10 million on each of the final two years of his contract and that's if the Rams don't extend him.

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