April is a time of great hope: flowers are blooming, birds are singing and the baseball season is just underway. Ah, spring!
It’s also when home sellers are primping their curb appeal, homebuyers are touring, and the state of the real estate market is still in flux. Hope and expectation are in the air…
Baseball and real estate: two of April’s finest. So we decided to look at four MLB players’ houses that were just bought or just listed. Which home do you like best?
Ryne Sandberg, Chicago Cubs – Lake Bluff, Illinois
Sandberg recently joined the Cubs as an ambassador and bought this French Country style four-bedroom for $1.1 million. The most modest of the four homes, it’s fitting for a retired baseball player who inexplicably refused to dive for the ball his entire career. You weren’t wearing a cummerbund out there, Ryne!
This home is just a short walk from Lake Michigan, but if you’re expecting Sandberg to take a joyful leap in, well…
Miguel Cabrera, Detroit Tigers – Grosse Pointe Farms, MI
Cabrera, one of the best (and best-paid) hitters in the game today, upgraded his digs from this more modest home in Birmingham, MI. His new home, which he bought for $3.2 million, sits on Lake St. Clair and includes a gorgeous solarium and swimming pool. A small critique, though: while there’s no ceiling on Cabrera’s talent, the ceilings in his house are actually quite low.
Troy Tulowitzki, Toronto Blue Jays – Cherry Hills Village, CO
After last year’s blockbuster trade, when Tulowitzki was sent from the Colorado Rockies to the Toronto Blue Jays, it makes sense that he’d list this home for $5.485 million. That said, while Tulo’s a star on the big stage, he’s not into home staging. It makes it difficult to envision living here, though the two and a half acres and swimming pool certainly help.
Matt Cain, San Francisco Giants – Paradise Valley, AZ
Contrary to what some fans believe, many professional athletes don’t live in the city where they play. Cain is putting his sleek, resort-like home in Arizona on the market for $5.85 million.
A star pitcher who’s just this season returning from arm injury, Cain still knows how to find homeplate. But, with a kitchen as big as that, he might have trouble finding plates in his home. Probably the on-site putting green, swimming pool and mediation pond make up for it…
Which home is your favorite? Vote below and see what others said. Something you really like or don’t like? Let us know in the comments section.