By LINDA MOSS
After being on the market for three months, Yankee legend Yogi Berra’s former Montclair home, a lavish Tudor mansion on Wayside Place, apparently has a buyer.
The house, which was listed for sale on May 26, went under contract Aug. 29, according to MLS. The closing is scheduled for Nov. 16.
Christine Lane, the Halstead Property broker handling the sale, couldn’t be reached for comment on Wednesday regarding the identity of the purchaser. The final sale price won’t be posted until the transaction is complete.
The 1.4-acre estate was initially listed for $3.199 million by Halstead Property, which describes itself as “the official luxury real estate firm of the New York Yankees.” But as of last week the listed price had been trimmed by $404,000, to $2.795 million, according to Halstead Property’s website and the MLS data on the house.
The 6,800-square-foot mansion has 13 rooms, with five bedrooms and 5 ½ bathrooms.
Halstead Property’s description of Berra’s former homestead told prospective buyers to “Live like a Hall of Famer,” and said that the house had been restored by its current owner, who is Rose Cali, the widow of New Jersey real estate magnate John Cali. Through a merger, John Cali’s company later became Mack-Cali Realty.
The mansion’s features include a large living room with a fireplace, “a turreted dining room with a cathedral ceiling,” its original hardwood floors, a slate roof, leaded-glass windows, a billiards room and a second-floor library, according to Halstead Property.
The property also has “bluestone terraces that surround a pool, outdoor fireplace, gazebo and bocce court,” the real estate firm said, as well as a porte-cochere and a circular driveway.
Local property taxes on the Wayside Place property were given as $57,733 a year.