Baseball Hall of Famer Cal Ripken Jr., known as “The Iron Man,” has sold his 25-acre estate in Reisterstown, Maryland, at auction.
The house was first listed for $12.5 million in September 2016. The house was last listed for $9.75 million, according to Realtor.com. Daniel DeCaro of DeCaro Auctions, which handled the sale on May 12, did not disclose the identity of the buyer or how much for which the house sold.
However, Mr. DeCaro did say that it was “the highest selling home in Baltimore County this year.” According to data from Redfin, the most expensive house sale of 2018 so far in the county was a Glyndon, Maryland, mansion for $2.825 million that sold in March.
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Eight people participated in the on-site auction, which did not require a reserve, according to Mr. DeCaro. Although having Mr. Ripken’s name attached to the house helped garner publicity, Mr. DeCaro said, it was not the deciding factor for the sale. “I don’t think anybody bought it because it was Cal Ripken’s property.”
At 26,000 square feet, the house has six bedrooms, 10 full bathrooms and five half bathrooms. The house also features a home theater, gourmet kitchen and several walk-in closets.
The house is also decked out with sports-related amenities, as befits its previous owner. The property includes a baseball diamond, a batting cage, an indoor basketball court and a training gym. Mr. DeCaro would not disclose whether the buyer also came from the sports world.
The property, which is located about 30 minutes from Baltimore, also has a pool, a five-car garage and a pond with a dock.
Mr. Ripken, who played for the Baltimore Orioles from 1981-2001, earned his nickname by playing in a record 2,632 straight games.
A representative for Mr. Ripken did not respond to request for comment.
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