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If you missed buying Dennis Kozlowski’s Bachelor Gulch home, you might give these a look:

Boxer Oscar De La Hoya is looking to sell his mountain retreat and training facility in Big Bear Lake, Calif. for $2.5 million.

The gated property, which is just over an acre, includes a 3,900-square-foot one-bedroom main house and a 3,262-square-foot three-bedroom guest house. A four-car garage, which Mr. De La Hoya used as a gym, has a steam room, office and murals that depict significant moments in the boxer’s career, beginning with his gold medal at the 1992 Olympic Games in Barcelona, Spain. (The 33-year-old boxer, who is 38-4 in his professional career with 30 knockouts, won the World Boxing Council super-welterweight title in May.) The property also has a stream with a footbridge and a putting green. Mr. De La Hoya, who studied to be an architect before turning to boxing full time, helped design the log buildings himself.

In the early 1990s, the boxer began training in Big Bear Lake, a resort community in the San Bernardino National Forest, about 90 miles east of Los Angeles. He bought the vacant land for about $220,000 a few years later and said he was drawn to the mountain community because of its privacy, which he says became important following his Olympic victory. “I didn’t have a private life anymore,” the boxer adds. “I needed a place where I could relax and focus on my training.” Mr. De La Hoya was among the first athletes to train in the area, which has since become a popular training site because of its thin air. (The town is about 7,000 feet above sea level.)

De La Hoya, who now lives and trains in Puerto Rico, says he is selling the Big Bear Lake site because he rarely visits it. Debra Parkinson of Parkinson Group Resort Properties, an affiliate of Christie’s Great Estates, has the listing.

Baltimore Ravens linebacker Ray Lewis is looking to sell an oceanfront home in Florida for $10.9 million ” more than double what he paid for it in 2004.

The 6,788-square-foot home, built in 2001, is in Highland Beach, just north of Boca Raton. It has six bedrooms, a swimming pool and balconies overlooking the ocean, according to the property listing.

Public records indicate that Mr. Lewis bought the property in March 2004 for $5.2 million. Listing agent Michael McIntyre of P.J. Nee Realty said waterfront property in Highland Beach has appreciated significantly since Mr. Lewis bought the house, but wouldn’t comment on any renovations Mr. Lewis may have made. “That’s just an asking price,” Mr. McIntyre said. “If it sells at that price, great. If not, he’s not in any rush.”

Lewis played for the University of Miami before being drafted by the Ravens in the first round of the 1996 draft. A two-time defensive player-of-the-year, he was named most valuable player of Super Bowl XXXV in 2001. He couldn’t be reached to comment.

In Palm Beach, sports-team executive Joel Glazer and his wife, Angela, have sold their house for just under $13 million. Mr. Glazer is the son of Malcolm Glazer, the billionaire owner of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers football team and the English soccer team Manchester United. The French Regency-style home of more than 10,000 square feet has six bedrooms, a media room and a 50-foot-long living room facing the water. The gated property, with 172 feet of frontage on the intracoastal waterway, also has a 125-foot-long deep-water dock, a pool and a cabana.

Mr. Glazer, who helps run Manchester United for his father and also serves as an executive vice president of the Buccaneers, bought the house from former HealthSouth chief executive officer Richard Scrushy for $12.75 million in 2004. The buyers are Clifton Robbins, chief executive of the Connecticut-based private investment firm Blue Harbour Group, and his wife, Deborah.

Wally Turner of Sotheby’s International Realty, who sold the home twice before, had the listing. Mr. Glazer couldn’t be reached to comment.

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