Celebrity real estate roundup: Steve McQueen, Babe Ruth

Most I\immortal Yankee’s farm for sale
Zillow
Aug 12, 2013

By Laura Vecsey

Steve McQueen’s Aura Lives On

King of Cool Steve McQueen was a Hollywood fixture, complete with cars, motorcycles and homes that oozed southern California lifestyle. But the hunky star was one of the first actor/celebrities to branch out … to Hailey, Idaho. Now the “Crazy M Ranch” that McQueen and his third wife owned is on the market for $7.4 million.

The 500-acre compound at 100 Creek Cove Rd. is nestled at the bottom of the Pioneer Mountains. The spread is a lot less rustic than when McQueen owned it, and sports a new name, too: “Pioneer Moon Ranch.”

Most Immortal Yankee’s Farm For Sale

The New York Yankees may be suffering through a nightmare season with 39-year-old captain Derek Jeter nursing his aging legs and Alex Rodriguez, 38, facing a 214-game suspension in a performance-enhancing drug scandal. But there’s always the ghost of Babe Ruth to bring a smile to the fans of Gotham baseball.

Now the ultimate Yankee star’s former farm is for sale in Sudbury, Mass.

The Babe and his wife Helen took refuge in his beloved “Home Plate Farm” after he was traded to the Yankees, having been introduced to the area when he was playing for the Boston Red Sox. The Babe bought the spread in 1922 and famously enjoyed his time as gentleman farmer, raising chickens, turkeys and an occasional pig and horse.

While the Babe was a well-known lover of food and beer, and said the farm helped trim a few extra pounds off his voluminous midsection, none of the Yankee greats' shortcomings ever diminished his status as a baseball god.

And while Yankee Stadium was called The House that Ruth Built, the same could not be said about the Sudbury farm. After he and Helen divorced in 1926, the farm was sold. The place has gone through several owners, but the ghost of Ruth still lingers: A corner of the living room still holds evidence of Ruth’s presence in the form of a mark on the floor where he used to put out his pipe.

The 5-bedroom, 3.5-bath home measures 5,231 square feet and the 2-acre lot holds the original barn, also updated, as well as several patios and a gunite pool.

The Ultimate Do-It-Yourself Home For Sale

When you’re the owner of one of the world’s largest chains of building materials’ stores, this is what you come up with: A 10,000-square-foot custom mansion complete with lap pool, wine cellar, media room and enough tile and marble to fill several aisles of Home Depot superstores.

Call this the ultimate do-it-yourself home building project, because the residence of Home Depot founder Bernie Marcus is still on the market in Atlanta. Originally listed for sale in 2011 for $3.9 million, the 5-bedroom, 8-bathroom abode at 7460 Wildercliff Dr. is now listed for $3.2 million.

Marcus bought the property back in 1985 for $260,000 and the custom construction was completed in 1987.