Former Miami Dolphins defensive end Andre Branch might be looking for a climate a little drier than Miami can offer. The free agent pass rusher was reportedly visiting with the Arizona Cardinals, but no deal is done yet.
One thing is certain though: Branch is leaving Miami. He recently listed his 4,000-square-foot bachelor pad in Fort Lauderdale for $2.3 million, so a move—to the desert or elsewhere—is in his near future.
The place he’s leaving behind isn’t just a standard bachelor pad. The sleek two-story residence is equipped with smart technology throughout, which is one of Branch’s favorite features.
“Having the ability to control every feature in my home from my phone is one of the best things about this house,” he says.
After purchasing the place for $1,845,000 in June 2017, Branch plowed $250,000 into upgrades. He added the aforementioned technology features and top-of-the-line appliances, and created an open-concept feel to give the home a true modern style, says listing agent Daniela Fernandez.
And on this South Florida property, modern meets ancient. The home has been dubbed “the treehouse,” because the courtyard out back was built around a centuries-old oak tree, which is an especially rare feature, especially for a home that’s only 2 years old.
Branch says the courtyard is what he’ll miss the most. “It’s perfect for hosting guests, and having the home built around the 200-year-old tree makes it one of a kind.”
The football player is all about hosting friends, teammates, and family, which is evident in the design of the home and backyard. On the main floor, the kitchen opens seamlessly into the living room, which is centered between the pool and courtyard—an intentional design choice made by Branch.
“It creates a more open space to entertain and socialize,” he explains.
One of the home’s four bedrooms was converted into the ultimate closet. This was done to house Branch’s massive wardrobe and shoe collection (peep the 200-plus pairs in this video). So a buyer will acquire a closet set up to be a sneakerhead’s dream.
The house is nestled within the trees just off the Intracoastal Waterway, far enough but still in close proximity to downtown Fort Lauderdale and just a short drive to Miami.
Though he’ll definitely miss this home, Branch knows the right owner will come along. “It’s perfect for the next South Florida resident,” he says.
Branch, 29, has played seven seasons in the NFL with the Jacksonville Jaguars and Miami Dolphins. He’s racked up over 25 sacks and forced eight fumbles.