Ivan Rodriguez Torres, who often goes by the name of Pudge, played for the Texas Rangers, the Florida Marlins, Detroit Tigers, Washington Nationals, Houston Astros, and the New York Yankees in his career. The catcher received the American League MVP award in 1999, and many baseball lovers believe him to be one of the best catchers the sport has ever seen.
The World Series winner (he was with the Florida Marlins at the time) was more than just a great player though. He also loved the good life, as a home that he once owned on Pinetree Drive in Miami Beach was recently purchased for a whopping $19 million by a family from Britain. The Miami Beach home is on the waterfront, and it has a Mediterranean style and a lot to offer the new owners.
The property is located at 6385 Pine Tree Drive Circle, and it features 12,600 square feet. It’s a stunning property that features a 1.1-acre double lot. The new family should have plenty of room since the home has nine bedrooms, 11 bathrooms, and two half bathrooms. The lot overlooks the Indian River, and it has 175-feet or prime waterfront. That’s not all though. It also offers a standalone caretaker’s cottage, a guesthouse that has two bedrooms, and a private entry guest suite with one bedroom.
The home, built in 1937, has always been impressive, and it’s great it was able to fetch the $19 million price tag. However, the initial asking price when it hit the market was $25 million, which was eventually dropped to $21 million. The final asking price of $19 million is still quite good though, especially when you consider the home’s history.
The last time it sold was to Robert Nichols in 2006. He is the cofounder of AeroTurbine and is now the chief operating officer for AerSale. When he bought the home, he paid $8.05 million and then did a complete overhaul of the home’s interior. Even with the money he put into the renovation, he was still able to make a nice amount with this sale. The renovations he did have helped to make the home a real standout according to those who have seen it.
Some of the features that make the home special and that have helped to drive the sale include the wine cellar, which is large enough to include a thousand bottles. It also has a media room and a pub. The new owners can enjoy the koi pond, the pool, cabana, and jacuzzi, and their own private pier.
Before Nichols owned the property, Pudge Rodriguez and his wife were the owners. They bought it for $5 million and lived in the home for about five years before selling it to Nichols.
While they say that home prices are dropping for sellers in the area, when it comes to a gem of a property such as this one, it’s still possible to get a decent amount of money for the property. Hopefully, the new family will enjoy the home for many years to come.