By Laura Vecsey
A-Rod Gains Millions By Trimming Down
New York Yankees star Alex Rodriguez has been one of the greatest players in the game who has brought so much antipathy from Seattle, Texas and New York, but at least the not-so-universally loved MVP is very rich.
Now the recuperating third baseman (he's expected to be back in the line-up sometime after the July All-Star break) has pocketed $30 million, recouping the investment he made in a stunningly sleek modern home he built in his hometown of Miami.
After first listing the waterfront property for $38 million, Rodriguez pulled it off the market during his rehab stint after hip surgery in January. But the property continued to be quietly shopped, hence, the emergence of a buyer.
No doubt the Palm Beach couple that reportedly bought the place will love the 18,000-square-foot masterpiece that boasts an inviting infinity pool on the Inter-coastal waterway, but will anyone have the same use of the indoor batting cage?
Madonna Lightens NYC Real Estate Load
There's a little less material for the 50-something Material Girl now that Madonna has found a buyer for her 6-bedroom, 8-bath duplex at 41 Central Park West. With views of Central Park and Fifth Avenue and spanning 6,000 square feet, the co-op had been listed for $23.5 million, but word is that Madonna collected $19 million for the property she bought way back when she was Mrs. Sean Penn.
With homes in London and Los Angeles (she's got her Beverly Hills estate listed for $22.5 million) and New York, it's not as if Madonna is lacking when it comes to high-end crash pads. She now calls a $32 million Georgian townhouse on the Upper East Side her Big Apple abode.
Ready, Set, RGIII Buys for $2.5M
Electrifying rookie QB Robert Griffin III is on track to play in the Washington Redskins' season opener Sept. 9 against the Eagles, but recovering from knee surgery has not stopped the NFL star from shopping for a home.
Griffin and his fiancé have settled on a 5-bedroom traditional home in the Creighton Farms gated community near Leesburg, VA., about 30 minutes from D.C. The home comes with an elevator - a nice amenity for a scrambling QB whose legs and body are sure to take more pounding, especially if Redskins coach Mike Shanahan can't find a way to protect this scrambling young star.
Die Hard Real Estate Fan Bruce Willis Selling
Bruce Willis has listed the Beverly Hills home bought back in 2004, upping the price from the $9 million he paid to $22 million.
Is real estate that hot in Tinseltown? Apparently, especially if the property is steps away from the famous Beverly Hills Hotel.
At nearly 11,00-square feet with, Willis and his wife, Emma Heming, have thrown some cash and renovations to the meticulous 11-bedroom, 11-bathroom house at 1005 Benedict Canyon Dr. It helps that the place sits in the middle of one of America's most famous zip codes: 90210.