The Real Deal Miami

Miami Beach waterfront estate once owned by “Pudge” Rodriguez sells for $19M

Seller, Bob Nichols, completed a gut renovation of the property after purchasing it for $8M in 2006

August 23, 2016 06:00PM
By Ina Cordle

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6385 Pine Tree Drive Circle and Bob Nichols

A British family has paid $19 million for a Mediterranean-style waterfront estate in Miami Beach that was once owned by retired baseball player Ivan “Pudge” Rodriguez, The Real Deal has learned.

The 12,600-square-foot property at 6385 Pine Tree Drive Circle has nine bedrooms, 11 bathrooms and two half-bathrooms. It sits on a 1.1-acre double lot, with 175 feet of water frontage overlooking Indian Creek. In addition to an 8-bedroom main house, built in 1937, the estate includes a two-bedroom guest house, stand-alone caretakers’ cottage and one-bedroom private entry guest suite, according to the listing.

It originally came on the market in September 2015 at $25 million, and the price was later lowered to $21 million. 

The Jills’ Jill Hertzberg and Jill Eber of Coldwell Banker had the listing. Miami-Dade County property records show the seller as Robert “Bob” Nichols, the co-founder of AeroTurbine and current COO of AerSale. He purchased the home for $8.05 million in 2006 and completed a total gut renovation “down to the studs,” Hertzberg told TRD.


6385 Pine Tree Drive Circle

“It is one of the most beautifully done properties I have seen,” she said. “It wasn’t done as a spec home. He was going to live in it, so the finishes, the detailing  — I don’t even know a house that has these finishes.”

Douglas Elliman’s Howard Marcus represented the buyer, a “low-key” family from the United Kingdom, he told TRD

The home’s features include a media world with pub and 1,000-bottle wine cellar. Outdoor amenities include a pool/cabana complex, pool and Jacuzzi, koi pond and private pier.

Records show Rodriguez, who formerly played for the Texas Rangers, Florida Marlins, Detroit Tigers, New York Yankees, Houston Astros and Washington Nationals, owned the home for five years. He and his wife Mirabel purchased it for $5 million in 2001 and sold it to Nichols in 2006.