By Colleen Kane
As baseball players are traded, bought, or signed as free agents, they leave behind homes and need new ones. Consequently, real estate markets from Boston to San Diego are awash each spring in high-end homes for sale belonging to departing and arriving Yankees, Dodgers and Braves.
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Not all players' homes are mansions and penthouses -- the following properties owned by 300-300 club members, Hall of Famers, and a 12-time All-Star and a 21-season veteran include at least one ranch house. All but one, however, appeared on TopTenRealEstateDeals.com's annual list of Luxurious MLB Homes, starting off with a timely addition from one of New York's most prominent longtime Yankees.
Price: $17.95 million. Location: New York. Bedrooms: 4 Bathrooms: 5 full, 1 half. Square footage: 5,425. Jeter is selling his Midtown East apartment in Trump World Tower at UN Plaza, according to the New York Post. The apartment was once home to another heavy hitter: Jeter bought it for $12.72 million in 2001 from Donald Trump. The 16-foot ceilings and south-facing, 77-foot wall of windows allow panoramic Manhattan views. The bachelor Jeter's pad includes ultra-suede wallpaper, a pool table, poker table, dining for 14, and a tabletop Pac-Man machine. The Post reports that Jeter is downsizing to a smaller pied-à-terre. But he still has room to spread out at his recently completed 30,000 square-foot spring training home in Tampa, Fla.
Price: $3.1 million. Location: Boston Bedrooms: 4.
Bathrooms: 3. Square footage: 2,500. After seven seasons with the Red Sox, Papelbon signed a four-year contract with the Phillies over the winter and has put his Beacon Street condo up for sale. The penthouse has coffered ceilings, custom cabinetry, and two rooftop decks—one with a hot tub with a view of downtown and the other overlooking the Charles River. The highlight for baseball fans, though, is the two Fenway Park seats in the nursery.
Price: $1.8 million. Location: San Francisco. Bedrooms: 4. Bathrooms: 3. Square footage: 2,815. In March, the prominent Giants pitcher sold his Diamond Heights San Francisco house for $1.8 million—and according to Top Ten Real Estate Deals and "several Bay Area agents," that sum was $5,000 more than the asking price. Built in 1968, the updated and light-filled home has a modern kitchen and a solarium, as well as views of the city and bay.
Price: $5.35 million. Location: Seattle.Bedrooms: 7. Bathrooms: 5. Square footage: 7,100. At 49, Moyer is one of the most well-traveled players, having played for eight teams. He recently became the oldest pitcher to ever win a major-league game. Moyer's house, built in 1933, is also one of the older houses in this collection, with charming details like the basement door under the stairs. Two features that are probably not original to the house are the batting cage and the outdoor pizza oven. The property also has a saltwater pool, bath house and croquet court.
Price: $2.195 million. Location: Scottsdale, Ariz. Bedrooms: 6. Bathrooms: 7 Square footage: 7,905. Reggie Sanders played most of his career as an outfielder with the Reds, but he also played for seven other teams. He’s one of just six members of the exclusive 300-300 club, meaning he has hit 300 home runs and has stolen 300 bases. Sanders' Spanish-style house , built in 1999, sits on nearly an acre in a gated community. The house has a master chef kitchen and a wet bar, and a den with cherry wood built-ins. The backyard has a spa, waterfall and pool.
Price: $3.995 million. Location: Westlake, Texas. Bedrooms: 5. Bathrooms: 8. Square footage: 8,554 The New York Yankees' first-baseman Mark Teixeira's 2005 estate has been on and off the market (currently on) since his departure from the Texas Rangers after the 2007 season. Its wood-paneled grand entryway, exposed beam ceilings, and stone fireplace add rustic touches to the house. The outdoor space includes a roomy private patio with kitchen and fire pit, and a pool.