Will A-Rod Sell the Home He Bought From Meryl Streep Now That He's Back Playing for the Yankees?
Editor’s Note: A-Rod’s suspension from baseball is over, he’s apologized yet again, and he’s joining the Yankees at their spring training facility in Tampa. But the big question from my perspective is, “Will A-Rod sell the gorgeous, historic, L.A. home he bought from Meryl Streep back in August?” Since he has three years and $61 million remaining on his contract, he hardly needs the cash. And it could be the perfect off-season or retirement pied a terre. Find out more about the troubled baseball star’s incredibly good taste in the feature below, written shortly after he made the purchase:
Normally you wouldn’t put Oscar winner Meryl Streep in the same zip code as New York Yankee Alex Rodriguez, let alone the same headline, but the controversial baseball star recently had the good taste and sense to buy Streep’s historical Case Study home in the Hollywood Hills for $4.8 million — well below the original $6.75 million listing price. Apparently Alex Rodriguez wants to sit out his season in style. While he’s being penalized for performance enhancing drug use, he’s spending some of his time working out at UCLA.
The house isn’t huge by Hollywood standards–it measures about 3,700 square feet with four bedrooms and four baths. But there’s value added from its historical significance. It was built in 1954 as part of L.A.’s famous Research House program, and to top that off, it was redone from top to bottom by prominent designer/architect Xorin Balbes, just before Streep paid $4.5 million for it in Feb. 2013. Apparently, it was not a hugely successful flip for the actress and her husband, sculptor Don Gummer.
The home has massive walls of glass surrounding a two-story living area that opens up to a courtyard with a pool, spa, fire pit and fountains. It features Italian marble flooring throughout, a walnut staircase with a sculptural railing, and extensive skylights. With so many floor to ceiling widows and lots of white wall space, it’s the ideal home for an art collector–just the thing for those portraits of A-Rod as a centaur that we’ve heard so much about.
Get more info and see more photos in my article on HGTV’s Frontdoor.com.