Dear sweet, cuddly infant Lord Baby Jesus, the newest owner of Ricky Bobby’s monstrous lakefront mansion from Talladega Nights thanks you and your tuxedo T-shirt for blessing them with the $4 million it took to buy the thing.
(Just kidding. Who knows if the new owner of this house prays to sweet Lord Baby Jesus. But whomever they’re praying to, if anyone, it’s working.)
Talladega Nights, as you probably haven’t forgotten, is a 2006 movie that follows the life of fictional NASCAR star Bobby when a new driver enters the picture and ends up, directly and indirectly, making him lose his legendary status, dignity, home, job, wife—you know, everything. He even delivers pizzas for a while.
But before Bobby lost everything, he was thanking the 8-pound, 6-ounce infant Christmas Jesus for the $21.2 million he made during the race season in his huge North Carolina mansion. (That’s an accurate annual income estimate for a top driver in NASCAR’s highest level, the Cup Series.)
This 9,802-square-foot home on about 1.3 acres in a gated community, with its five bedrooms and nine different bathrooms, was the one Bobby said his prayers in—until his best friend moved into it with Bobby’s former wife, of course.
The online listing says in addition to all of the other areas we didn’t get to see in the movie, the mansion has its own “owner’s lakeside retreat” with a private study, huge bathroom, balcony, fireplace and three closets. It also has a private beach and two piers, because, according to the realty group that sold it, another home used to sit on the property and used the second one.
The house sold for under list price, which the Charlotte Observer reports was $4.5 million originally and went down to $4.2 million during almost a year of it being on the market. Down another few million and the rest of us might have been able to afford it, right?
That’s what we have to keep telling ourselves.