A few weeks shy of the Patriots’ 2019 season, Tom Brady was apparently readying for new digs.
The opulent Brookline mansion he built with Gisele Bündchen in 2015 hit the market last August with an asking price of $39.5 million.
The 42-year-old star quarterback could also become a free agent in March for the first time in his 20-year career.
Now, months later, the home remains for sale. And Brady’s future with the Patriots — he has yet to say for certain whether he’ll hang around for another season or two — remains unclear.
A media frenzy has fueled rumors that the celebrity power couple has looked at homes in ritzy suburbs outside New York City — their real estate search now inextricably tied to fans’ fascination with whether Brady will ever take the field again at Gillette Stadium donning a blue, red, and silver jersey.
Here’s what we know about about the Brady/Bündchen moving saga:
Speculation on Brady’s next move launched last August when the couple put their 5.24-acre 112 Woodland Road mansion on the market.
The sprawling property, perched aside The Country Club, features a 9,712-square-foot main house, a wine room, gym, spa, pool, a playroom, an “organic vegetable/herb garden,” and a 2,400-square-foot “barn-inspired” guest house with its own yoga studio and walls that open up to “provide a Zen-like experience,” according to the listing, which bills the property as “a one-of-a-kind masterpiece.”
The five-bedroom mid-century modern estate also touts five full bathrooms, two half bathrooms, and a three-car garage, along with a driveway that’s big enough to fit 20 vehicles.
By October, Brady and Bündchen — who built the home after offloading their Back Bay condo for a cool $9.2 million in 2012 — had dropped the price to $33.9 million. While sellers in Brookline often ask for six figures, sales in town have averaged $960,000 over the past month, according to Redfin.com.
With the house on the market, there was enough fodder for fans to wonder whether they should expect the six-time Super Bowl champion to play somewhere else this fall.
Brady tried to quell speculation that a potential sale meant he’d be moving on from the Patriots in 2020.
“I certainly hope not,” Brady told WEEI in August. “You shouldn’t read into anything. I think it takes a long time to sell a house. My house is a little bit of an expensive one, so it doesn’t fly off the shelf in a couple of weeks.”
Nonetheless, rumors were bolstered by the fact that Alex Guerrero, Brady’s trainer, put his Norfolk house on the market around that same time.
But Guerrero ultimately said the decision to sell was a matter of downsizing, and he has since relocated to Plymouth to be close to family, he told WEEI in November.
“I’ve got four kids,” Guerrero said. “I’ve got two that are married, two that are off in college. My wife and I decided it was time to downsize. It was a good time to sell. We wanted to be closer to the grandchildren. We have a granddaughter who lives in Plymouth with our daughter and son-in-law. We wanted to spend more time with her and be closer to her. It worked out great for us.”
Still, right around the time the listing for Brady and Bündchen’s Brookline mansion went up, the couple was reportedly house hunting outside New York City in the wealthy suburbs of Greenwich, Connecticut, and Alpine, New Jersey.
But it’s worth noting that the couple has been known to take on a real estate project or two while living here in New England.
They built a French-style chateau in Brentwood, California, before selling it to Dr. Dre for $40 million in 2014. That same year, they picked up a condo in Manhattan and later sold it for $13.95 million.
The couple also have a $25.5 million Manhattan pad at 70 Vestry St. in Tribeca, according to the New York Post.
All eyes have been — and will be — on Brady.
The brief write-up said the two celebrities “are rumored to have just purchased an English Manor-style stone mansion” for $9 million.
The rumors made another appearance in January, but were rebutted.
“They don’t have a house in Connecticut. That’s it,” Tom Curran, of NBC Sports Boston, said on Boston Sports Tonight. “They don’t have one.”
The listing for the property in question shows the mansion under contract.
The NFL Network’s Mike Giardi has reported that although the Brookline mansion remains on the market, Bündchen and the couple’s three children have been living in Manhattan since before the Patriots’ season ended last month. Brady has since joined them there, Giardi said.
His report came shortly after NBC Sports Boston’s Gary Tanguay reported earlier in January that the Brady and Bündchen clan is “planning to leave the area,” referring to the New England digs.
The Daily Mail snapped photos Monday of a moving truck parked outside the home — a day after assistants were seen shuffling cardboard boxes into Bündchen’s SUV, the tabloid says.
According to the Homes of the Rich report that set the rumor mill in motion, Brady and Bündchen were apparently taken with a 14,862-square-foot, seven-bedroom mansion on Lower Cross Road in Greenwich.
The 10-acre property was listed in January 2019 for $13.9 million.
Greenwich, roughly 30 miles outside New York City, is consistently ranked among the wealthiest towns in the United States. In 2019, the average household annual income was $336,692 in the town’s Old Greenwich neighborhood, according to Bloomberg.
Alpine, New Jersey, touts a similar standing: Last year, the town’s 07620 ZIP code was ranked as the most expensive in the state, with an average median list price for 2019 of $3,633,400, according to Forbes.
Should Brady and Bündchen chose to call it home, they wouldn’t be the only celebrities in the pricey enclave. Comedians-actors Tracy Morgan and Chris Rock live in town, among a few other famous faces.
Specifics on what, if anything, caught the famous couple’s eyes in New Jersey or elsewhere in Connecticut are unknown, since little has been reported outside of the Lower Cross Road listing and the Post write-up.
For Brady, his future in New England remains unwritten — or rather, unsaid.
With the prospect of Brady becoming a free agent this March, ESPN’s Adam Schefter told WEEI that, as of Wednesday, Brady and the Patriots have not talked over his contract.
“They haven’t had negotiations,” Schefter said. “They haven’t sat down to have the conversation they need to have — ‘Hey, what do you want to do?’ I am sure they are talking generally. Yeah, I am sure. They were at the Super Bowl on Sunday together.”
While taking questions on Instagram Tuesday, Brady was asked what team he will play for next season.
The quarterback scrunched up his face and shook his head.
He didn’t answer.