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Four-time Major League Baseball champion and All-Star Darryl E. Strawberry, now an ordained Christian minister with wife Tracy, paid $829,000 on April 29 for a lakefront home a few blocks off of S. International Drive.

Located in the 7000 block of Lake Willis Drive, the custom-built home sits on 1.66 acres fronting the 150-acre spring-fed Lake Willis.

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Built in 1992, the home features four beds, 3.5 baths, with 3,971 square feet on the first floor and 2,068 square feet of unfinished area on the second floor for a new owner to design themselves.

Strawberry helped lead the Mets to a World Series title in 1986.
Strawberry helped lead the Mets to a World Series title in 1986. (Associated Press)

Between 1995 and 2005, Strawberry faced a series of problems with drugs, short stints in prison and bouts with cancer. Darryl and Tracy met at a drug recovery convention in 2003, were married in October 2006, became pastors and founded The Daryl Strawberry Foundation, which is dedicated to helping children with autism.

The two opened a Christian recovery center in Orlando in 2014 for addiction, spiritual and biblical recovery aid.

The home's top features include a large brick-paved lanai, 8-foot heated pool, boat dock with two jet ski lifts.

The couple acquired a mortgage of $124,350 for the home purchase from Angel Oak Mortgage Solutions out of Atlanta.

The property was listed by Watson Realty Group and sold by Reid Realty Group.

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