Bronx bomber turned broadcaster Alex Rodriguez can finally say, “See ya!” to his home in L.A.’s Hollywood Hills. The former New York Yankeesmegastar had been trying to unload his midcentury modern manse since November 2018, and after a fairly steep price cut, he’s finally sealed the deal for a reported $4.4 million.
But he didn’t exactly knock it out of the park with this sale.
Records indicate A-Rod purchased the four-bedroom, 3.5-bathroom home from none other than Hollywood icon Meryl Streep in 2014 for $4.8 million. Rodriguez originally listed the property for $6.5 million in November 2018 before dropping the price to $5.25 million in March.
The most recent price cut came on the heels of a huge real estate purchase he made with his fiancée, Jennifer Lopez, in February: a sweet $6.6 million beachfront home in Malibu, CA. The couple also recently sold their New York City condo in the famed 432 Park Avenue tower (aka the tallest residential building in the Western hemisphere) for a tidy $15.75 million.
A midcentury modern home with a history
Whoever scooped up the 3,700-square-foot stunner can boast about its former celebrity occupants, as well as its unique design history. The two-story home was built in 1954 by the architectural firm Honnold & Rex as part of Architectural Products magazine’s Research House Program. Similar to the Case Study House program (which commissioned houses by Charles Eames and Richard Neutra), the Research Houses started out as a modernist architecture experiment using innovative materials and design techniques.
This property, known as the 1954 Research House, was recently renovated by award-winning designer and builder Xorin Balbe, who put a contemporary spin on the midcentury characteristics of the home.