New York Yankee shortstop Derek Jeter's home on Greenwood Lake in Orange County, NY is for sale. You can have it today at it's listing price of just under $15 million. And you better bring your check book because the retired New York Yankees Captain is only accepting cash offers.
It is an impressive, if somewhat anomalous stone castle, complete with medieval rooftop battlements and a tower. It’s part Downton Abbey, part manicured parkland and part homage to what a successful career in major league baseball can buy you. Jeter and his parents restored what was once the stone and slate “Castle” know as the Tiedemann Estate after purchasing it in 2003 for $425,000. Soon after, workers began restoring the main building, as well as a stone walking bridge, a guest house, a caretaker's house, a garage and a boat house.
Work was also done to improve the 4.01-acre lot (including a model Statue of Liberty), dredge the lagoon and restore the dark slate exterior which had deteriorated over the home’s 100 year history. Inside, the remodeled residence now has eight bedrooms – including two master bedroom suites – 6 full bathrooms and 5 half-baths, four indoor kitchens with top of the line appliances, a game room, a bar, a media room, two sun porches and several other living and meeting rooms. Of course professional athletes have to keep in shape, so there is an indoor exercise room. The entire house measures in at a whopping 12,590 square feet.
Jeter was interested in the Castle because it was once the boyhood home of his grandfather. When the Jeters purchased the property, in was in decrepit condition. It had been empty for months. Chain link fences and "No Trespassing" signs guarded the haggard estate. At one time, it was a single-family home that was later converted into apartments. When the Jeters bought it, the weeds were tall, the lawns unkempt and the lagoon so laden with algae that the white feathers of a pair of nesting swans were tinged green.
Now, the renovations are done and The Castle has been restored beyond its original grandeur. Granite and marble counter tops adorn the kitchens, hardwood floors are shiny and new, and Energy Star windows keep the drafts out. Outside the main house is a guest house, a pool house, infinity pool, extensive gardens, and a boat house on the cleaned lagoon. It has a fifth kitchen outdoors with a wood burning fireplace on a large patio. And a four car garage for the Jeter-mobiles.
You'd better have a pile to afford this castle. Aside from the $14,750,000 selling price, you'll have to pony up the property taxes, which come in at $70,000 every year. If you're still interested, contact Associate Broker Diane Mitchell of Wright Brothers Real Estate. For more information, visit the Castle's website.