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Dolphins’ Tannehill buys $4.3M home in Fort Lauderdale

Ryan Tannehill
Ryan Tannehill

Ryan Tannehill must feel rock solid in his quarterback job for the Miami Dolphins.

The four-year starter just spent $4.3 million cash on a canal home in Fort Lauderdale’s Colee Hammock area.

Tannehill, 27, and wife Lauren closed on the property on March 4, according to public records.

The Texas gunslinger tried to make his big purchase quietly through a Santa Monica, Calif., trust fund but was outed by the name of the fund’s trustee, John Ufer.

Ufer is Lauren Tannehill’s father.

Tannehill jumped at the chance to buy the crib one day after it was listed. MLS records show it came on the market Feb. 15 for $4.5 million. The Tannehills inked the contract for $200,000 less the next day. They even grabbed most of the sellers’ furniture.

So what did the famous lovebirds get for a chunk of Tannehill’s $20 million-a-year salary?

Listing agent Sheryl Hodor of Coldwell Banker Previews International declined to discuss the buyers’ identity but said they fell in love with the one-of-a-kind property.

“It’s built on a coral ridge,” Hodor said, “and that give it more elevation that anything else in the area and no flooding.”

The 5,400-square-foot, one-story home, designed by a Frank Lloyd Wright disciple in 1981, boasts four bedrooms and 4 1/2 bathrooms plus a separate guest house with one bedroom and a gym. The lot has 100 feet of canal with a dock and is a short walking distance from Las Olas Boulevard.

The Tannehills have been bullish on the southeast side of Fort Lauderdale since they arrived. In June 2014, ever so quietly and through the same trust, the Tannehills bought two adjacent lots just north of the new house for $750,000 and $1 million. They leveled the existing houses and planned to build a large home, but those plans are on hold.

Until they moved into their mansion last week, the Tannehills lived in a two-bedroom townhouse at the Portside Yacht Club.

Miami Dolphins quarterback Ryan Tannehill discusses his six-year, $96 million contract extension during a news conference at the team's training facility in Davie on Tuesday, May 19, 2015. Video by Charles Trainor Jr / Miami Herald Staff

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