On the field Alex Rodriguez is known for his bat and glove, and off the field for his high-profile relationships with a bevy of Tinseltown A-listers, but A-Rod's real estate skills have largely gone unnoticed, until now. After owning a luxe condo at the highly desirable Rushmore Building at 80 Riverside Drive for less than a year, the Yankees slugger recently inked a deal to sell the full-floor penthouse at a huge profit, reports The Wall Street Journal.
The third baseman paid $5.5 million for the 35th floor apartment, which features stunning glass walls and enviable 360-degree views. But last October, soon after the Yankees were eliminated from playoff contention, Rodriguez quietly flipped the home back onto the market with a $8 million list price.
The quick flip seemed to do the trick because A-Rod is set to score a massive pay day from the sale of his maybe-never-lived-in crib. The new owner of A-Rod's penthouse unit can expect Warhol prints of Marilyn Monroe in the foyer, white wood floors, white walls, and a 60-foot-long living room that overlooks the Hudson River.
And what's even more impressive is that A-Rod seemed to do himself a favor last year during his epic Manhattan housing hunt. His well publicized interested in The Rushmore seemed to stimulate interest in the West Side condo building and increase prices. Whenever Rodriguez decides to retire from baseball, he has a real estate career just waiting in the wings.