A-Rod Lists His Historic Midcentury L.A. Home For $5.25M
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A-Rod Lists His Historic Midcentury L.A. Home For $5.25M

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By Jennifer Baum Lagdameo
This midcentury gem was also once home to Meryl Streep.

Now that he's engaged to be J.Lo's fourth husband, Alex Rodriguez has put his bachelor pad on the market—and it's priced to move. The former professional baseball player originally purchased the home from Meryl Streep in 2014, and he originally listed it at $6,500,000—although the price recently dropped to $5,250,000. Set just above L.A.'s Sunset Strip, the updated 3,700-square-foot midcentury residence has a prestigious Rising Glen Road address.

The living space features walls of glass that overlook a serene garden patio and full-height glass sliding doors open the living room to the front yard for true indoor/outdoor living. 

The living space features walls of glass that overlook a serene garden patio and full-height glass sliding doors open the living room to the front yard for true indoor/outdoor living. 

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The double-height space is anchored by a brick fireplace with a midcentury vibe. 

The double-height space is anchored by a brick fireplace with a midcentury vibe. 

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Designed by Honnold & Rex in 1954, the home—which is also known as the Honnold & Rex Architectural Research House—comes with a bonafide midcentury pedigree. After the success of the Case Study Houses, Architectural Products magazine began its own series of "research" houses in 1954. Like the Case Study Houses, the Research Houses experimented with new materials, products, and design methods.

The light-filled, open-plan living and entertaining spaces feature double-height ceilings and a variety of bespoke built-ins. 

The light-filled, open-plan living and entertaining spaces feature double-height ceilings and a variety of bespoke built-ins. 

The open kitchen features warm wood paneling, a center island, and a deluxe wine fridge. 

The open kitchen features warm wood paneling, a center island, and a deluxe wine fridge. 

The home was recently renovated by designer/builder Xorin Balbes. The four-bedroom, four-bath home features an expansive indoor/outdoor floor plan that opens to a resort-like pool and grounds. Highlights include clean midcentury lines, a soaring white brick-inlay fireplace, expansive walls of glass, and gorgeous city views.

A view from the kitchen towards the living space.

A view from the kitchen towards the living space.

The dining room. 

The dining room. 

The bright and airy master bedroom has windows overlooking the living room below.

The bright and airy master bedroom has windows overlooking the living room below.

An expansive picture window in the master bedroom frames a gorgeous L.A. view.

An expansive picture window in the master bedroom frames a gorgeous L.A. view.

The master bath has an elegant soaking tub.

The master bath has an elegant soaking tub.

The home office overlooks the pool. 

The home office overlooks the pool. 

The backyard has a zero-edge swimming pool and a spacious lounge area with a fire pit. There's also a high privacy wall topped by a perfectly manicured privacy hedge.

The backyard has a zero-edge swimming pool and a spacious lounge area with a fire pit. There's also a high privacy wall topped by a perfectly manicured privacy hedge.

1514 Rising Glen Road is currently listed for $5,250,000 by Carl Gambino of Westside Estate Agency Inc.

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