"It's really minimalistic. The only thing I have to focus on is training and that's the way I like it. There's no frills, there's nothing to distract you up here. It's just an empty space and a log cabin and snow." -- J.J. Watt on his new offseason cabin in the "middle of nowhere"
Damn, these quotes had us so excited for the next chapter of the Legend of J.J. Watt, and quite honestly, for fans of the Rocky movies, perhaps the best chapter of the Legend of J.J. Watt.
A log cabin in the middle of nowhere in the dead of winter, it was Rocky IV all over again!
We all wanted to picture a bearded J.J. Watt shoulder pressing a rickshaw with a Texans cheerleader, Toro, and John Weeks sitting in it and then running ten miles in the snow to the top of a mountain and screaming "LUUUUUUUCCCCKKKKK!!!" We wanted that to be J.J.'s new winter reality.
Unfortunately, J.J. Watt's idea of "minimalistic" differs greatly from the actual definition.
J.J. Watt did indeed buy a house that has some cabin-like traits. Well, it appears to be made of logs, at least. Beyond that, it appears as though J.J. Watt has bought himself a nice new ranch, with 4500 square feet of home and 36 acres of land to lose himself in the Wisconsin winters.
Today, courtesy of TMZ, some of the pictures of Watt's new pad leaked online, and it's really, really nice. Here are a couple tweets with the pictures:
— Busted Coverage (@bustedcoverage) March 3, 2015
Remember that log cabin JJ Watt bought? pic.twitter.com/xaqsT1BjVi
— Sean Larson (@seanlarsonATQ) March 3, 2015
So where is J.J.'s new fortress of solitude? Well, a search of county tax records thanks to Busted Coverage show that the house in a town called Summit, Wisconsin, which is about 32 miles from Milwaukee and 15 miles from Pewaukee, where Watt graduated high school.
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(For the record, Busted Coverage also informs us that the house is 34 miles from Whole Foods, 7.8 miles from the nearest Panera, and that Buffalo Wild Wings is 17.6 miles from his house. Oh, and 2.5 miles from the nearest Starbuck's. Good to know.)
How much did this new compound (which we shall call the "Dream Big, Work Hard" Ranch) cost? All told, $800,000.
Not exactly minimalistic....unless you're a Saudi Arabian prince. Or Roger Goodell.