I’ll admit it right here in print: I don’t really care if A-Rodstays in New York or follows the old Brooklyn Dodgers and heads for warmer climes. It’s not that I don’t get baseball, I do. One of the main reasons my husband married me was because I could name the full starting line-up, with positions, of the 1977 Yanks. My first real crush was #49, Louisiana Lighting, Ron Guidry.I’m a New Yorker, and I married a Bostonian, so baseball is always there.
I know New York is all a twitter today with news that A-Rod is considering buying a 9-acre $25 million Greenwich mansion.So, that means he’s staying? Like I said, I don’t care what that means to baseball; but I do care about what it means to real estate.
Coincidentally,I did a piece on this mansion a few months back.The sprawling stone estate is the brainchild of real estate developer and Antares Investment Partners co-founder Joseph Beninati. He calls it “couture-ready” real estate. That’s because the house has been standing there, unfinished, for many months now. When I say “unfinished,” you’d never know it from the outside. The inside is just framing. A lot of framing.
“It gives the buyer an opportunity to truly personalize the estate and make it something that’s unique to them as opposed to buying a resale, buying a spec home or buying a piece of dirt and building a home for 48 months,” Beninati told me in an interview several months ago (see video below).