Yankees’ Ichiro Suzuki checks out Midtown’s Cassa, as apartment search heats up

By Leigh Kamping-Carder | August 02, 2012 10:30AM

Ichiro Suzuki, the newest member of the Yankees, has apparently beefed up his search for a Manhattan residence.

The baseball star, who joined the Bronx Bombers earlier this month, had already hired celebrity broker Adam Modlin to help him find a rental within easy commuting distance to Yankee Stadium, as The Real Deal reported. But he has also enlisted the services of several other brokers — including two from Prudential Douglas Elliman and one from Platinum Properties — who recently lined up showings at the Cassa Hotel & Residences at 70 West 45th Street, The Real Deal has learned.

Suzuki checked out a four-bedroom duplex at the 48-story tower on Monday, before returning yesterday to scope out a triplex penthouse. The 37-unit property, located between Fifth and Sixth avenues, features a mix of condominium and rental apartments, plus a hotel.

The four-bedroom duplex spans the 34th and 35th floors and boasts two master bedrooms, each with an en suite bathroom, the listing says. The unit is available for $25,000 per month, up from $20,000 when it was first listed in May, according to Streeteasy.com.

The five-bedroom penthouse, asking $60,000 per month, is outfitted with mahogany-embossed leather floors, hand-painted mirrors, etched ceilings, a cast-iron staircase and a private roof deck, the listing says.

While price may be less of a concern for the 10-time All-Star, Suzuki does have to find a landlord willing to accommodate his small Shiba Inu dog, and he is looking to sign a three-month lease. Both of the units at Cassa are furnished and available for short- or long-term rentals.

Ashley Teitel, an agent at Prudential Douglas Elliman who is handling rentals at the development, declined to comment on Suzuki.

Cassa was originally developed  by Assa Properties, but in February the Chinese firm HNA Property Holding Group took over the stalled project. There are currently 22 active rental listings at the building, asking between $8,000 and $60,000 per month, according to Streeteasy.com.

Elliman’s Isaac Nematnejad confirmed that he was working with one of Suzuki’s assistants but declined to discuss what the baseball player was looking for. The names of the remaining brokers were not immediately available.

Modlin did not immediately return a call seeking comment.