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When Alex Rodriguez started looking for real estate a few years ago, he commuted between Manhattan and Miami Beach, where he had a waterfront home overlooking Biscayne Bay — for his new home, he wanted something a bit more secluded, the former Yankee, who has been dating Jennifer Lopez since March, tells Architectural Digest.

“Traveling as much as I do, what I really wanted was someplace peaceful, where I could rest and recover and be with my daughters,” the New York Yankees star says, of keeping his children — Natasha, 11, and Ella, 8, — at the forefront of the whole process.

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His sister Suzy Dunand — who is conveniently a real estate agent — advised him to check out a space in Coral Gables, a quieter part of metr—opolitan Miami. After Rodriguez bought one and a half acres in 2003, he hired architects Ralph Choeff and Paul Fischman and interior decorator Briggs Edward Solomon to design something perfect for himself and his family.

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“This house was the collaboration of a dream team,” says Rodriguez. Reflecting on the design process, he notes, “The words I kept thinking were long term. I kept imagining my kids rushing home from college for the holidays.”


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And we have no doubt they'll rush home — the space is serene, modern and, most essentially, equipped with a wet-edge pool, which is flanked with a barbecue cabana, lounge chairs and lush trees.

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The 11,000-sq.-ft. retreat is just one story, Cheoff explains, because “Alex wanted to accentuate the indoor-outdoor feel.”

Looking at the gorgeous photos of his new home, we're tempted to make a baseball pun … so we will. A-Rod hit this one out of the park.