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Yogi Berra's NJ home ready for next inning

April 30, 2014 at 8:02 PM ET

In addition to being one of the most enduring and beloved characters in Major League Baseball, New York Yankees’ legend Yogi Berra was also part of one of the greatest love stories.

Yogi Berra's wife, Carmen, fell in love with the grand staircase in their Montclair, N.J., home.
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Yogi Berra's wife, Carmen, fell in love with the grand staircase in their Montclair, N.J., home.

For 65 years, Yogi and his wife, Carmen, enjoyed a wonderful marriage. They had just celebrated their 65th anniversary in January, with accolades from friends and fans that had long come to revere the good-hearted Berra and his beloved wife.

The storybook marriage ended with Carmen’s recent passing due to complications from a stroke earlier this spring. Now comes word that the couple’s home in Montclair, N.J., a community where they had lived since 1958, is now for sale.

How can you be sure it’s Berra’s house?

Just look at the list price for the Colonial at 19 Highland Ave. in Montclair: $888,000.

The National Baseball Hall of Fame catcher wore No. 8 during his entire career with the Yankees.

The home where Yogi Berra lived with his wife, Carmen, is for sale for $888,000, a nod to his New York Yankee days.
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The home where Yogi Berra lived with his wife, Carmen, is for sale for $888,000, a nod to his New York Yankee days.

The six-bedroom home was built in 1902 and is being marketed as Yogi’s home, which is being called “a truly special home for a special buyer.”

Among its many architectural details, there’s a spacious foyer that leads to a three-story spiral staircase. French doors in the living room open to a canopied side porch.

There’s a formal dining room, and a wood-paneled den that also includes a fireplace. The master suite boasts a dressing room, large bathroom and decorative fireplace. Central air, hardwood floors and an arts and crafts room give the place extra appeal.

And, as is fitting for the longtime Yankee great, the home includes seasonal views of the Big Apple.

The family room in the home of Yankee great Yogi Berra.
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The family room in the home of Yankee great Yogi Berra.

While Berra, who turns 89 on May 12, and his wife had been living in a nearby retirement home at the time of Carmen’s passing, the couple’s ties to Montclair are long and deep. The Yogi Berra Museum and Learning Center is also located in Montclair.

Meanwhile, the legacy of the Berras marriage endures, even with Carmen departed and their home on the market. In writing about the passing of Carmen Berra for The New York Daily News, columnist Mike Lupica described how their home exuded the love and warmth that came from the couple’s loving alliance.

“There have been other marriages between sports and show business since. Never one that seemed as iconic as that. But the marriage to talk about and the Yankees love story to talk about is the one between Yogi and Carmen,’’ Lupica wrote.

“If you were lucky enough to know her, to know the two of them, you understood it all the moment you walked through the front door of their home. You saw the way he always looked at her and she looked at him. Better than anyone, she saw all the good in her husband, the intelligence; understood why people always have said that they just wanted to go through life standing next to Lawrence Peter Berra, because good things always seemed to happen to him.”

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