By Amanda Banion
Five years after he killed himself, former football star Junior Seau’s oceanfront home on The Strand in Oceanside is back on the market, at a reduced price of just under $2.8 million.
Seau’s body was found on the morning of May 2, 2012, in his home at 604 South Strand. A coroner found the cause of death as a self-inflicted gunshot to the chest.
Seau had bought the house in 2005, at the height of the housing bubble, for $3.2 million. It went on the market for just under $2.3 million shortly after his death, and ultimately sold for $1.97 million about a month later.
The four-bedroom house has two and one-half bedrooms, a game and media room, and ocean views, both from the house itself and an expansive second-floor balcony. It checks in at 3,028 square feet. It was built in 1997 and sits on a 4,727-square-foot lot, facing the ocean.
The house sold again for $2.3 million in May 2015, and went back on the market in March 2016 for $3.5 million. It was subsequently reduced in price to $3.19 million but when it didn’t sell was taken off the market last October.
It was relisted at $2.8 million in March and, in May, the listing price was reduced by $1,000.
The latest listing reads: “REDUCED FOR A FAST SALE!! Seller Motivated! Enjoy this amazing beach home & reap the benefits of extraordinary vacation rental income. Remodeled interior & exterior. This gorgeous home is light & bright with a fantastic floor plan. It features a beautiful kitchen, 3 bedrooms, 2.5 bathrooms upstairs & kitchenette, game/media room, bedroom & bathroom downstairs. Wonderful ocean views & direct access to the beautiful beach. Purchase this home now and benefit from Spring, Summer & Fall Rentals! Sold furnished.”
After Seau’s death and its subsequent sale, the house at 604 South Strand has been used primarily as a vacation rental.
Born on Jan. 19, 1969 in Oceanside, Seau played college football at the University of Southern California (USC). He was a fifth-round draft pick by the San Diego Chargers in 1990. He wound up playing for the Chargers for 13 seasons before being traded to the Miami Dolphins, for whom he played three years, and then the New England Patriots, where he ended his professional football career after the 2009 season.
A member of San Diego’s only Super Bowl team, he was later inducted into the Chargers Hall of Fame and the team retired his jersey No. 55.
After his suicide, studies by the National Institutes of Health (NIH) concluded that Seau suffered from chronic traumatic encephalopathy (CTE), a type of chronic brain damage that has also been found in other deceased former NFL players.