Exit Sandman: Mariano Rivera closes sale of Rye mansion for $2M loss

New York Yankees legend sells 13K-sf home for $3.8M, down from $5.7M he paid in 2006

Mariano Rivera and 1 Brook View Lane in Rye (Getty Images, Compass, iStock/Photo Illustration by Steven Dilakian for The Real Deal)
Mariano Rivera and 1 Brook View Lane in Rye (Getty Images, Compass, iStock/Photo Illustration by Steven Dilakian for The Real Deal)

Mariano Rivera built a Hall of Fame career closing out victories in the Bronx, but he closed on the sale of his Westchester mansion for a loss.

The New York Yankees legend sold his home at 1 Brook View Lane in Rye for nearly $3.8 million, the Wall Street Journal reported, about two-thirds of the $5.7 million he paid for the then-newly built property in 2006.

The five-time World Series champion had been trending toward a loss on the 13,000-square foot mansion for some time. Rivera and his wife, Clara, first placed it on the market for $4 million in 2020, acknowledging that they’d bought the home at the height of the mid-2000s housing boom and were the first to occupy it, according to the Journal.

The nine-bedroom home includes dual turrets on each side of the entrance as well as a sports bar, an office, a billiards room and a home theater. The 1.2-acre property includes an outdoor pool and a basketball court.

A Compass team including Heather Harrison and her husband, Zach, had the listing. Compass’ Kevin Maller represented the buyer, who was not identified but had been renting the home for about $19,000 a month. The tenant bought the property after another prospective buyer made an offer for it.

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The Riveras decided to sell after their three grown children moved out and plan to downsize to a smaller home nearby.

Rivera, who spent his entire 19-year career with the Yankees, is widely considered the greatest relief pitcher in baseball history. The 13-time American League All-Star holds Major League Baseball records for career saves in both the regular season (652) and postseason (42) and in 2019 became the first player to be unanimously inducted into the National Baseball Hall of Fame.

Rivera isn’t the only former Yankee to lease his home before selling it in recent weeks. Last month, ex-Yankees and Mets pitcher David Cone sold his West Village condo for $8.3 million after renting it out for several years.

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[WSJ] — Holden Walter-Warner