Mario Williams ended his disappointing tenure with the Buffalo Bills in March 2016, and he put his estate on the market two months later for $3 million.
Williams finally sold the 13,200-square-foot mansion, which sits on 5.1 acres on the border of Orchard Park and East Aurora, for $2.5 million on Tuesday, according to a document filed with the Erie County Clerk’s Office. Businessman Ian Finn is the buyer.
It is the second-highest home sale in Erie County over the last three years, surpassed only by a $4.45 million transaction in Aurora from June 2016, according to the Buffalo Niagara Association of Realtors.
The all-stone mansion on Woodcrest Drive has a pool and spa, balconies and a security camera system.
The home itself features limestone, imported marble, custom millwork, moldings, cherry wood bookcases, and other architectural detailing. It includes five full and four half-bathrooms, a surround-sound system and two laundry rooms. It also includes a workout room and a four-car attached garage.
It was built in 2005 and Williams bought it for $2.5 million from former attorney Kenneth P. Bernas in 2012, shortly after signing here as a highly coveted free agent.
Bernas was convicted in 2011 of swindling 53 clients by taking out presettlement loans in their name without their knowledge. Prosecutors said Bernas committed his crimes in part to pay for the construction of the opulent home, which he modeled after Buffalo’s Miller Mansion.
Williams listed the home for sale again in May 2016 with Michelle Winer of Hunt Real Estate ERA.
Bills, Sabres shakeups drive high-end home sales in Orchard Park, Buffalo