How to piss off another real estate agent, in one easy step:
I think my name appears in this article more often than its subject, Manny Ramirez. Oh, well.
I consider it bad manners to dis’ someone else’s listing. But, in this case, I’m not really criticizing it, just … discussing it.
BOSTON — Manny Ramirez often is accused of having his head in the clouds. You might feel that way, too, in his penthouse condominium, with its bird’s-eye view of Boston and a $6.9 million price tag.
The Citgo sign that hovers over Fenway Park, which Manny would love to put behind him after demanding a trade from the Red Sox, is visible, as are nearly most Boston landmarks from his 37th floor condo in the North Tower of the Residences at the Ritz-Carlton.
The stunning views and the "white glove" service are the selling points of his 4,500-square-foot, four-bedroom, six-bathroom pad, which includes three valet parking spaces. Monthly condo fee: $4,000.
The 2004 World Series MVP trophy sitting on the shelf beside the widescreen television in his living room is not for sale. But the 3-foot Pedro Martinez bobblehead statue can be had.
"If you want the furnishings, they’re available," Wil Catlin, partner at Boston Realty Advisors, said on a recent tour.
Ramirez might grouse about the intense media and fan spotlight athletes get in Boston, but that didn’t stop him from opening his home to reporters and photographers after he put it on the market, a first step in severing his ties with a sports-intense city. It’s been on the market about two weeks.
Ramirez can’t wait to get out of town. But he’s owed $57 million over the next three seasons, so he and wife Juliana aren’t ready to slash prices just because there have been no offers.
"As you can imagine, if he doesn’t sell it right away, I don’t think it’s going to affect his lifestyle too much," Catlin said.
That’s a good thing, because the asking price is too high, says John A. Keith, an independent broker who operates The Boston Real Estate Blog. The unit is priced at about $1,530 per square foot.
Source: Ramirez Enjoy’s Bird’s-Eye View of Boston, by Ken Maguire, The Associated Press (by way of the Washington Post)