Like his personal life, the sale of Manny Ramirez’s penthouse condo comes with a little controversy. The retired slugger and outfielder finally sold his Boston Ritz-Carlton apartment after several years on the market. However, Boston real estate agent Michael Doherty is suing the listing broker and buyers, saying they fleeced him out of a $110,000 commission on the expected $5.55 million sale, according to Boston.com.
Doherty says in court documents that he notified the buyers of the availability of Ramirez’s apartment, however the buyers and their agent stated that “Doherty did not represent the couple at the time the sale agreement was reached.”
Ramirez picked up his 37th-floor penthouse at the extra-luxe Ritz-Carlton for $5,778,790 in October 2001. He first listed the property in 2009 for $8.5 million — about a year after he was traded to the Los Angeles Dodgers.
Ramirez was at the height of his career with the Red Sox, but due to his erratic behavior, he was traded to the Dodgers. He briefly played for the Chicago White Sox (claimed on waivers) before he signed a one-year, $2 million deal with the Tampa Bay Rays where he ended his career abruptly in retirement rather than face the 100-game ban imposed on him after he failed several drug tests. Outside of issues with the MLB’s drug policy, Manny Ramirez was also recently arrested for reported domestic violence against his wife. The two live currently in Florida.
Manny’s Boston property bounced around from agent to agent after it first hit the market, and it was re-listed a few times with significant price cuts until it recently sold for its reduced price of $5.5 million. Although Boston real estate holds several high-end properties, it hasn’t been completely unaffected by the market. Median Boston home values hit at $337,800 and home values in Chinatown, where Ramirez’s condo was located, are $633,200, which are high but still not at the real estate peak.
Ramirez’s Boston penthouse has floor-to-ceiling windows, a large private terrace with views of the skyline as well as marble floors and over-sized living spaces with 10-foot ceilings, 4 bedrooms and 5.5 bathrooms.
This Ritz-Carlton residence also includes three valet parking services, a doorman, concierge and valet.
Photos via Boston.com.