By Colleen Kane
CNBC.com

Athletes are bigger, better, faster and/or stronger than the rest of us, and some of them almost achieve the superpower of flying. The pros perform on a larger-than-life scale, and many live that way as well. In the interest of gawking at eye candy, we've gathered more than a dozen of those athlete mansions and houses, including more than a few in the Miami area. These homes' square footage ranges from a relatively modest 6,000 to a positively palatial 28,000.

That 28,000 square foot complex belongs to Michael Jordan. Costing between $12 million and $20 million to build, the Jupiter, Fla., it's located in the 55-estate luxury community developed by eminent golfer Jack Nicklaus, the Bears Club. The community is already very private, but Jordan's grounds have a two-story guardhouse. Naturally, the sprawling estate also features an athletic wing with a basketball court and gym, a guest house, and a pool house.

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Slideshow: Coolest athlete homes

Boston Celtics guard Ray Allen has a 10,630 square foot mansion in the Blakely Woods neighborhood of Carnation, Wash. Allen once upon a time played for the now-decamped and renamed Seattle SuperSonics. Located on nearly 4.5 acres, the estate features a grand vaulted entryway, six fireplaces, three family rooms, two laundry rooms, wood-paneled office and gourmet kitchen, a full-size basketball and tennis court, pool with kitchen cabana including all stainless steel appliances, a putting green, Jacuzzi and a children's play house.

Former L.A. Dodgers and current Texas Rangers third baseman Adrian Beltre put his dazzling Bradbury, Calif., Mediterranean-style mansion (16,600 square feet) on 4.16 acres on the market last year. The entryway has a 35-foot custom-painted ceiling, inlaid marble floors, a crystal chandelier and dual staircases. As for sporting features, there's a rec room with batting cage, an infinity pool, golf greens, and tennis and basketball courts.

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