Friday, January 5, 2007

Moises Alou Who?

SELLER: Moises Alou
LOCATION: Noe Street, San Francisco
PRICE: $1,949,000
SIZE: 2,300 square feet, 3 bedrooms, 2.5 baths
DESCRIPTION: Rebuilt in 2005. Panoramic views of downtown SF and East Bay. Top open floor plan ideal for entertaining, panoramic view deck off the living room and landscaped slate patio off the kitchen. The kitchen includes: Wolf 6-burner stove, Thermador oven, built in Sub Zero refrigerator and Fisher Paykel dishwasher. Living room boats high ceilings and a romantic fireplace. Master suite with gas fireplace and bath with soaring ceilings. Limestone counters and floors. Two car garage, side by side parking.

YOUR MAMAS NOTES: Your Mama would like to confess: we do not know anything about baseball other than it involves bats, balls and a triangular shaped playing field. When we read this man was selling his house we drew a total blank. Who? He plays what position?

So Your Mama got right on the horn and called up our San Francisco sidekick Fiona Trambeau for some 411 on this man with the unusual name. Lawhd children, Fiona Trambeau is crazy in all kinds of ways, but top of that list is ball crazy. Fiona talked a blue streak about this man. Just about the only things we can recall are this man plays in the outfield, and has swung and caught in Chicago, New York and now in San Francisco where his daddy, Felipe Alou, was at one time a team manager. Typically, Miss Trambeau also ran her mouth about how good he looks and how nice his booty is, but that's just standard issue trash talk from Fiona and a different sort of story angle altogether babies.

Anyhoo, this Moises Alou is married to a woman named Austria–do y'all think this is her real name, 'cause Your Mama has never heard of anyone named after that par-tick-ular European country before–and they have lived out in family friendly Noe Valley for the last couple of years in this rather modest house. Your Mama has to say, after years of watching all the flash and excess that seems to go along with multi-million dollar sports contracts, we were somewhat surprised to see a professional ball player show some real estate restraint.

This house, rebuilt from the ground up in 2005, climbs up the side of a hill in three stories. The ground level contains a 2 car side by side garage...and all you San Franciscans know the value of a side by side...and an entrance foyer. Up the stairs and the second floor contains the bedrooms and bathrooms, three and two respectively. Up more stairs and you arrive at the open plan living/dining/kitchen area that includes big views and a little terrace.

Your Mama is not sure we have the lung power to be climbing all these stairs day in an day out, dragging the vacuum up and down, running after the kids. But we do like that kitchen with all the windows, and there's nothing Your Mama likes more than a lovely South facing terrace for her bitches to sun themselves.

It is unclear whether Mr. Alou and wifey are leaving the Bay Area or just moving house. However, back in November, the sports friendly blog sfist reported Alou is out of there, at least as a team player. Any San Francisco sport fans out there know what the latest skinny is, be sure to let Your Mama know.

Sources: real estate journal, sfluxe, sfarmls, sfist, fiona trambeau

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