Alex Rodriguez to Buy Manhattan Condo

Alex Rodriguez has reportedly negotiated a deal to purchase a 4-bedroom condo that takes up the full 35th floor of a new 41-story highrise located on Manhattan's Upper West Side.

The contract hasn't been signed yet, but Gary Barnett, the developer of The Rushmore, said in an interview with the Wall Street Journal that Rodriguez and his broker, Adam Modlin, had worked out the details a few days ago. Barnett's company Extell Development also released a statement saying Rodriguez "loved the building, the park and the water views, but we think that the clincher was the baseball field outside the front door."

As AOL Real Estate reported about a year ago, Rodriguez was being given the boot from his $30,000 per month two-bedroom rental at 15 Central Park West, as his landlord, steel magnate Leroy Schecter, put up as a joint $55 million sale the unit and its three-bedroom neighbor, then rented by Cendant founder Henry Silverman.

Rather than shell out for that hefty sale, Rodriguez, beau of Cameron Diaz, is said to be spending somewhere between $5.5 million and $6 million for the 3,600-square-foot unit in The Rushmore, located at Riverside Avenue and 64th Street.

With a seven-story base that gives rise to two towers, the 425-foot-high Rushmore has 289 1- to 5-bedroom apartments priced from $1,000,000 to more than $7,000,000, according to the listing broker, Corcoran Group.

Most of the 4-bedroom, 3½-bathroom residences feature treetop views, a separate dining room, a sitting room and a great room. An open kitchen has wood cabinetry, granite countertops, and glass backsplash or honed Calacatta marble brick mosaic backsplashes and under cabinet lighting.

The master suite features a walk-in closet and two additional closets. There's also a utility closet with side-by-side washer and dryer units. The baths offer a range of travertine, marble, and crystallized glass finishes with Kohler tubs, Toto water closets, and Waterworks fittings. Flooring would typically be either wide-plank natural oak or Brazilian Cherry wood in random lengths. (Photos from the model units can be seen in our gallery.)

The Rushmore also has a 7,000-square-foot wellness and training facility, a pool, a movie theater, and an indoor playground with complimentary membership and classes to an area designed and operated by Kidville, NY.

Sheree R. Curry
, who has owned three homes and once worked in Manhattan, is a three-time award-winning journalist who has covered real estate for six years. During her 20-year career, her articles have appeared regularly in the
Wall Street Journal, TV Week, and Fortune. She's been writing for AOL Real Estate since 2009 from a Minneapolis-area rental. She seeks a book publisher -- or at least a lender who'll give a reasonable mortgage rate to a self-employed mom.

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