If owning the place where The Greatest boxer of all time retreated from the paparazzi and other trappings of fame would be a bucket list item realized, then take a peek at this listing for the 81-acre Michigan estate where Muhammad Ali (nee Cassius Clay) spent his down time.
Currently for sale by Ali's widow Lonnie, the Berrien Springs property at 8105 Kephart Lane sits on over a mile of St. James River frontage was purchased by the heavyweight champion back in 1975—before he was diagnosed with Parkinson's disease—as a place to spend summers with his family, and ultimately retire.
The tastefully appointed Southwest Michigan estate and grounds include a main house, a carriage house, several barns, garages, Ali's private office, gym, tennis courts, gardens, gazebo, fire pit, and a pool with a bath house and an outdoor kitchen.
The main house—where Ali and his family actually spent their time—was built in 1900 and features four bedrooms and two full bathrooms, an "expansive" living room, a family room, a kitchen with imported tile and a large pantry, and a three-car garage, spread across nearly 4,000 square feet.
The carriage house has multiple bedrooms for guests, but the real draw is the sun room and deck overlooking the river, pond, and fountain.
For sports fans, the real draw though is the private "Triple Crown Gym" and its full-size, regulation boxing ring plus training equipment, training tables, a steam room, private baths, a massage room, laundry, and a jacuzzi. Lord knows Ali must have needed a lot of help with recovery after all those championship bouts.
Although the Ali Family has not lived at the property for several years prior to his death in 2016, listing agent Tim Mitchell says the property is in immaculate condition and has been maintained by the same groundskeeper for more than 15 years.
"You have to see it to really appreciate it. The annual flowers are planted each year by the nursery next door," Mitchell told MLive. It may have also been where "The Champ" coined the phrase, "Float like a butterfly, sting like a bee."
For more photos and details, view the full listing with Cressy & Everett Real Estate broker Tim Mitchell. According to the Detroit Free Press, the list price is specific for a reason: $2,895,037, with the last two digits representing Ali's 37 career knockouts.