[Updated at 4:57 p.m. with comment from the seller, Beth Shubin Stein] The man who tends to the injuries of the Bronx Bombers put his Chelsea condominium up for sale today. Christopher Ahmad, the head team physician for the New York Yankees, listed his five-bedroom unit at the Caledonia for just a hair shy of $5 million.
Ahmad purchased the apartment, at 450 West 17th Street between Ninth and 10th avenues, with his wife, fellow sports doctor Beth Shubin Stein, from the building’s developer, the Related Companies, for $3.5 million in January 2009, city property records show.
The couple is selling because two of their three children attend school on the Upper West Side, Shubin Stein told The Real Deal. But otherwise, she added, “I’d like to live here forever.”
The 2,476-square-foot unit, listed with Prudential Douglas Elliman’s Leonard Steinberg and Herve Senequier, is currently configured as a four-bedroom with a den.
It was originally planned as a three-bedroom and a studio, but the couple had the developer combine the two separate units while the building was still under construction, creating a kind of “kids’ wing,” complete with a laundry room and a second kitchen, Shubin Stein said.
Ahmad and Shubin Stein also redid their bathroom to install a six-foot shower with three shower heads, including a rain shower, she said.
The unit is on the highest floor of the low-rise section of the Caledonia, and has higher ceilings than most of the other apartments in the building. “That’s one of the best things about the apartment,” Shubin Stein said. “It’s a very ‘loft feeling’ apartment.”
The couple put the condo on the market in March 2010 for $4.75 million, according to Streeteasy.com. They were feeling somewhat strapped for cash after purchasing a home in the Hamptons, she said, but later decided they could afford both properties and pulled the listing.
The Caledonia’s amenities include a roof terrace, an Equinox gym, children’s playroom and a library.
When not helping diagnose Yankees pitcher Michael Pineda’s right-shoulder injury, for example, Ahmad splits his time between the New York Presbyterian Hospital, where he is an orthopedic surgeon, and an associate professorship at Columbia University.
Stein works as an orthopedic surgeon at the Hospital for Special Surgery and is an assistant professor at Weill Cornell Medical College. She is the team physician for the United States Federation Cup Tennis team.
Steinberg and Ahmad did not immediately return calls seeking comment.