Four days after throwing the Amazin's first-ever no-hitter on June 1, 2012, former New York Mets ace Johan Santana put his 3-bedroom Upper East Side condo on the market.
Former New York Mets ace Johan Santana put his 3-bedroom Upper East Side condo on the market four days after he threw the Amazin’s first-ever no-hitter on June 1, 2012.
But as it turned out, the hurler’s posh pad at 170 East End Ave. was no hit on Manhattan’s luxury market — Santana had to come way down from his original asking price and eventually sold it for a loss.
Former New York Mets ace Johan Santana recently sold his East Side pad for a loss. He sold for $3.15 million. That's $10,000 less than what he paid for the place six years ago.
The 1,750-square-foot, finely appointed unit sold last month for $3.15 million — $6,000 less than Santana paid for the pad in June 2008.
When the condo first came on the market last year, the Venezuelan lefty was asking for $3.875 million — a big-league sum, for sure, but one that was comfortably under Santana’s $5.25 million annual salary.
Loss on the sale or not, the place is finely appointed. It’s the work of noted designer Peter Marino.
A few days after his home sold on Oct. 14, Santana got a fat check from the Metropolitans, as the team bought out the final year of the pitcher’s contract — the 2014 season — following a 2013 campaign that was lost to injury.
The home, between 86th and 87th Sts., was purchased by a European family as an investment, according to Halstead broker Georgia Kaporis, who had the listing. The sale was not listed in public records until Wednesday, and was first reported by The Real Deal.
Santana, apparently, liked the kitchen as much as when a manager pulls him from a game prematurely. The broker for the sale said the appliances were rarely used.
Santana’s desire to sell had nothing to do with his departure from New York’s national league club. In fact, he barely stayed in the apartment back when he was anchoring the Mets pitching staff; the place was but one of numerous properties the two-time Cy Young winner owns.
“He has so many homes, this was just one he never used,” Kaporis said.
Santana was said to have loved the leafy views of nearby East Side greenspace.
Santana spent so little time at 170 East End Ave. that the kitchen was like a bad pitch sign from a catcher — the lefty just ignored it.
“The oven, the fridge, none of the appliances were ever used,” Kaporis said.
Santana’s old address was 170 East End Ave.
That’s a shame in a sense because the kitchen has a top-of-the-line Wolf range and Sub-Zero refrigerator, and the cabinetry is all custom, with sleek stone and wooden paneling.
Like the rest of the building, it’s the work of Peter Marino, the leather-loving designer famous for creating Warhol’s third Factory, tons of Gucci and Louis Vuitton stores and palatial homes for billionaires like David Koch and Stephen Schwarzman.
Santana spent some money customizing the interiors, including adding new curtains and electronic blinds.
But the blinds were rarely closed, since Santana’s favorite feature was the straight-on views of Carl Shurz Park, Gracie Mansion, the East River and, if he squinted, Citi Field off in the distance in Flushing, Queens.
Thursday, November 07, 2013