Miguel Cabrera becoming a Grosse Pointer?
Grosse Pointe Farms — A company linked to Tigers first baseman Miguel Cabrera paid $3.2 million cash Monday for a gated estate across from Lake St. Clair and next door to a Ford Motor Co. heir.
The six-bedroom, seven-bath, 11,176-square-foot home along Lake Shore Road appears to be a perfect match for the notoriously private Cabrera, who also owns a home in Birmingham. The new house, known as Fox Hill, sits on two acres behind a gate and at the end of a driveway longer than the distance between home plate and the Green Monster at Fenway Park.
It’s unclear when, or if, Cabrera will move into the home. But he would be among the newest residents in a town known for auto barons and ballers named Dodge, Ford, Yzerman and Gibson.
“I think Miguel’s trying to remain a little bit private so without talking to him, I can’t confirm or deny anything,” said John Cappeller Jr., an attorney for the company that purchased the home, Florida-based Fox Hill Estate LLC.
Fox Hill Estate LLC shares the same address as other companies and groups linked to Cabrera, including the 2012 Triple Crown winner’s charitable foundation, according to public records.
The company purchased the estate from area auto dealer Kenneth and Linda Meade.
Rumors have swirled about the buyer’s identity.
The seller’s real estate agent, Cathy Champion, a Tigers season-ticket holder, never met Cabrera during the sale process.
“The buyer is very shy. I don’t know if Miguel bought it or if Victor Martinez bought it or whoever,” she said. “It’s a beautiful place to live.”
The house listing claims the estate is “the most impressive in the Pointes.”
“Resort-like outdoor setting offers an in-ground pool ... hot tub, blue stone patios, chipping and putting green, koi pond and extensive grounds and newly landscaped gardens,” the listing said.
The home features an eight-car garage, a greenhouse and a newly renovated kitchen.
Taxes are $47,930 a year — more than three times the per capita income in Detroit.
For that amount, the home comes with a Ford. A Ford neighbor, that is.
Edsel Ford II., great-grandson of Ford Motor Co. founder Henry Ford, lives next door in a $3.3 million estate.
He could not be reached for comment.