By Erika Riggs
Pocket listings -- where homes aren't marketed publicly on the MLS -- are fairly common in high-end real estate. This tactic was used with Madonna's L.A. home; Simon Cowell's house is currently being floated as a $20 million pocket listing; and in January, Barry Bonds' Beverly Park house hit the market this way as well. Almost a year later, Bonds' home is officially on the MLS and with a price cut.
First offered at $25 million, the house at 44 Beverly Park Circle is now down to $23.5 million. Although Bonds spent the bulk of his MLB career with the San Francisco Giants, he preferred a L.A. home base, buying the enormous estate in 2002 for $8.7 million, according to property records.
Like Bonds, the home has a presence, sprawling more than 17,000 square feet on a 1.85-acre lot. A circular motor court leads to the Italian-style home's entrance. An ornate entryway opens with 30-foot ceilings and hand-painted Trompe L'oeil murals. Venetian plaster walls and imported limestone and Italian Travertine flooring continue into the main living areas.
Among the home's features: a 12-person theater, "commercial-grade" gym and a full spa, which includes "steam sauna and tanning salon ... a hydrotherapy tub and Swedish full-body therapy rooms."
Outside there isn't a baseball diamond, but a 2,100-square-foot sports court, pool and loggia with outdoor kitchen. A two-story guesthouse rounds out the rest of the grounds.
A star baseball player from the moment he began playing, Bonds broke several records during his time with the Giants. However, allegations of drug use and a recent denial to the Baseball Hall of Fame during his first year of eligibility have marred the slugger's reputation.
The listing is held by Mauricio Umansky of The Agency.
Wondering what it would take to pay for Bonds' colossal casa? Using the Zillow mortgage calculator, the monthly payment is estimated to be $93,345, assuming a 20 percent down payment on a 30-year fixed mortgage.
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