Alex Rodriguez’s Miami Beach Pad for Sale: A Palace of Art and Lost Love for $38 Million



Less than a year after it was completed, the 19,861-square-foot Miami Beach house of Yankees superstar Alex Rodriguez is being listed for sale at $38 million by One Sotheby’s International Realty. Our initial observation is that celebrities like to build and flip houses faster than that obnoxious guy on Bravo: Apparently Courteney Cox is a whiz at it, having come from a family of contractors, and Jeremy Renner claims to have renovated and flipped at least 15 residences in the Los Angeles area.

A-Rod may have a different reason than mere monetary gain, however (if the house sells at asking price, it gives the third baseman a $14 million profit). It was conceived as the love nest for him and Cameron Diaz during their highly public year-and-a-half-long relationship, which sadly hit the rocks around the time the place was being finished. After divorcing his wife, Cynthia, during the messy fallout from his affair with Madonna, Rodriguez seemed to have found a kindred spirit in the equally athletic actress: The pair were often seen jogging, boating and kayaking together, and the waterfront locale would have provided easy access to pristine Biscayne Bay.

Art appreciation became another pastime for the duo, who were spotted everywhere from Paris to the West Village soaking up the work of such edgy hipsters as Harmony Korine and Adam McEwen. The break-up, however, did nothing to deter Rodriguez’s aesthetic passion, and the Miami house became a showplace for his collection of pieces by Andy Warhol, Dan Colen and Hanna Liden, among others. During last year’s Art Basel, he even held an open house for high-profile collectors and gallerists; the guest of honor was New York darling Nate Lowman, who created a site-specific installation in the slugger’s second-floor batting cage.

Now, we’ll see who will be the second occupant of the North Bay Road structure, which features 275 feet of water frontage, two boat docks, Zen gardens and a steam room adjoining the gym. It seems Rodriguez will have to find a new vacation paradise for his current amour, former professional wrestler Torrie Wilson.