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Tuesday, February 19, 2013

HGTV: Tour Alex Rodriguez’s Miami Beach Home for Sale

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New York Yankees third baseman Alex Rodriguez has batted his Miami Beach abode on the market for $38 million. The 14-time MLB All-Star purchased the property for $24 million in 2010, supposedly to share [more]

I think this house is a perfect microcosm of A-Rod: there are some great things you would never get anywhere else, but it is overdone, gawdy, ostentatious, and altogether unlikable.

andrewberg Posted: February 19, 2013 at 12:10 PM | 20 comment(s) Login to Bookmark
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   1. Tim Wallach was my Hero Posted: February 19, 2013 at 02:27 PM (#4371944)
Somehow, I read HGHTV.
   2. JJ1986 Posted: February 19, 2013 at 02:33 PM (#4371948)
Does it come with the centaur painting?
   3. Zach Posted: February 19, 2013 at 04:05 PM (#4372018)
Looks more like a conference center than a home.

Why would you put white furniture in a beachfront home?
   4. Fernigal McGunnigle has become a merry hat Posted: February 19, 2013 at 04:23 PM (#4372046)
Why would you put white furniture in a beachfront home?


My experience spending a lot of time in vacation cottages as a kid was that a lot of beachfront houses have white, or at least formerly white, furniture.
   5. RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: February 19, 2013 at 04:34 PM (#4372060)
Probably needs a new hot water heater though since his can't handle too much pressure.
   6. Tippecanoe Posted: February 19, 2013 at 05:11 PM (#4372117)
it is overdone, gawdy, ostentatious,

To be fair, most $38M houses could be described this way.
   7. Yeaarrgghhhh Posted: February 19, 2013 at 06:51 PM (#4372194)
It's actually a lot nicer and more tasteful than I expected.
   8. What did Billy Ripken have against ElRoy Face? Posted: February 19, 2013 at 08:41 PM (#4372260)
Includes three acres of prime pasture land and stables.
   9. phredbird Posted: February 19, 2013 at 08:45 PM (#4372262)
Does it come with the centaur painting?


i visualize a white marble one on the lawn.
   10. Misirlou is on hiding to nowhere Posted: February 19, 2013 at 08:49 PM (#4372264)
It's actually a lot nicer and more tasteful than I expected.


I agree. Gawdy it's not, except for its size.
   11. phredbird Posted: February 19, 2013 at 08:54 PM (#4372269)
Why would you put white furniture in a beachfront home?


you haven't spent much time at beachfront properties, i take it. or, what fernigal said. these places tend to favor light colors for walls and furniture. it enhances the airiness of the architecture.

but you're right, once they get dirty they look shabby. they have to be kept clean.

btw, i clicked the link and i found rodriguez' home to be quite impressive. i don't think its vulgar at all. i really like the architecture. not too crazy about some of the furnishings, they aren't very interesting, but they may not even be his. agents for properties like this will do very extensive staging of their own to show them off.
   12. Misirlou is on hiding to nowhere Posted: February 19, 2013 at 09:03 PM (#4372272)
Why would you put white furniture in a beachfront home?


To be pedantic, it's not technically beachfront. Since the view is of the Miami skyline, that means it's on the west side of the island. The beach is on the east side. It's basically a waterfront mansion with a view of the city. I Imagine Jeter's on Davis Island in Tampa is not much different.
   13. puck Posted: February 19, 2013 at 09:26 PM (#4372277)
It looks like a helluva place to throw a party.
   14. Dock Ellis on Acid Posted: February 19, 2013 at 09:36 PM (#4372283)
A-Rod put a place in the UWS for sale a year or two ago, and that place looked pretty good too. He actually has decent taste in houses, or at least his realtor does.
   15. Canker Soriano Posted: February 19, 2013 at 10:17 PM (#4372305)
It looks like a helluva place to throw a party.

I don't think it's gawdy or ostentatious. It's a pretty sweet place, and nicely designed for indoor/outdoor parties. That's a nice little media room as well.

I think the biggest downside is that it's in the Miami area. All that open space, you're just asking for pythons.
   16. akrasian Posted: February 19, 2013 at 10:27 PM (#4372310)
While it looks good for entertaining, it doesn't look like it's really set up for massive parties - rather it looks like it would be perfect for having 5-6 couples for an outdoor party, for instance. For such a massive, expensive place - the individual rooms seem almost intimate. I liked the media room - gaudy ones have rows of individual chairs - this just has everybody sharing a (huge) couch. It really is a nice place. Unfortunately I don't have quite enough for the down payment.
   17. Canker Soriano Posted: February 19, 2013 at 10:44 PM (#4372317)
Unfortunately I don't have quite enough for the down payment.

The thing about a $38M house is - I don't know what I think I should be getting for $38M. Is it twice as luxurious as a $19M house?

Maybe if you're super-wealthy, it makes a difference, and you can really see where the extra money goes because you're used to those surroundings. But I think if I had a $3M house, it would seem so much nicer than what I have now that I'd be hard pressed to determine that a $38M house was somehow 12x better.

(Unless you're talking about sheer amounts of land. If your house comes with 5000 acres of Texas property, then I could see how that would add up. 5000 acres? 1000? I have no idea how much land would cost, so I don't even know what's a reasonable number to put there. 5000 acres is about 8 square miles. That seems like a lot of land, even in the middle of nowhere.)

   18. Never Give an Inge (Dave) Posted: February 20, 2013 at 12:02 AM (#4372347)

It looks like an awful lot of space to basically do nothing with. Lots and lots of sofas and chairs for a four-legged beast.

I agree though, it does look like a great place to throw a party. And not gaudy like the intro claims.
   19. BourbonSamurai Is a Lazy Nogoodnik Posted: February 20, 2013 at 12:15 AM (#4372354)
The thing about a $38M house is - I don't know what I think I should be getting for $38M. Is it twice as luxurious as a $19M house?


Judging from my one buddy who has ridiculous finance parents, the difference between a 10 million house and a 20 million house is like the difference between Downtown and Versailles.

(sadly they downsized. Alas, spring break parties of my youth.)
   20. madvillain Posted: February 20, 2013 at 12:17 AM (#4372358)
I just waded through 4-5 of those slideshows. To my taste, Arod's place was easily the nicest. Coulda just been the photographer had a great eye, but the spaces and layout of Arod's mansion seemed almost perfect. Jordan's place by comparison was tacky and claustrophobic.

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