With fresh ink on a new contract with the Oakland Raiders—$34 million worth of contract, in fact—professional football center Rodney Hudson had a little cash to throw around on a vacation or investment home or two. And so this winter finds Hudson taking ownership of a Florida getaway to the tune of $3.1 million. The seller was fellow pro athlete Rudy Gay.
The property is situated in Landmark Ranch Estates, a gated community in a small community inland from Fort Lauderdale. The home is only one level, with vaulted ceilings throughout, so space and scale are fundamental to the design.
The interiors show off material choices, a variety of textures and patterns, and a glossy, moody palette that works with grays, dark browns, and a little metallic or crystalline shimmer. They begin with a gallery decorated with ornamental columns, a marble and hardwood floor, and an icy crystal chandelier before giving way to a living room with an inlaid stone floor and a complex tray ceiling finished with a black and white pattern.
In the kitchen, another pattern emerges—a meandros border for the waterfall island. Marble tile, a stainless farmhouse sink, and white cabinetry make for an ethereal execution, but the space transitions open concept-style to the family room, where things warm up quite a bit, and balance out the composition.
The 8,000 square-footer contains six bedrooms and eight baths, with the master receiving a plum treatment that includes a bit of abstract expressionism on the bedroom ceiling, a period-style chandelier, and a bath with an Escher-esque pattern tile floor and a stand-alone soaking tub.
The lot extends to well over two acres, a substantial slice of the Everglades that is waiting to be explored by an inventive landscape artist.