Dykstra home, left a mess, on market for $14.9 million

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By Jonathan Stempel

NEW YORK (Reuters) - It is a six-bedroom, eight-bath mansion that was once vandalized, littered with beer bottles and dog feces, spewed raw sewage, and close to being deemed a biological hazard.

And it can all be yours for $14.9 million.

Lenny Dykstra's southern California mansion has been put on the market, six months after the former star center fielder for the New York Mets and Philadelphia Phillies Major League Baseball teams filed for bankruptcy protection.

Dykstra, 46, bought the 6.7-acre Thousand Oaks, California property from hockey legend Wayne Gretzky for about $17.5 million in 2007.

According to court records, there are $14.28 million of liens against the property, including $12.9 million owed to Washington Mutual, now owned by JPMorgan Chase & Co.

A lawyer for Dykstra was not immediately available for comment.

Last month, a company hired by the trustee said it had spent tens of thousands of dollars to improve the condition of the home, which was built in 2002.

"The house was left by Mr. Dykstra in an unshowable state, with raw sewage escaping from the main drain line left undone," wrote Brian Dubois of American Holdings & Land Inc. "The home was littered throughout with empty beer bottles, trash, dog feces and urine and other unmentionables."

He said the company restored the main drain line "so that the house didn't become a bio hazard," and moved to eliminate an odor that had become "an issue with neighbors."

According to court papers filed on January 26, the home is being sold in "as is" condition, and is being listed by Ewing & Associates Sotheby's.

Dykstra had filed for Chapter 11 protection after being hit with more than 20 lawsuits tied to his activities as a financial entrepreneur.

He lost control of the bankruptcy to a court-appointed trustee, who in November converted the case to a Chapter 7 proceeding, which is used when debtors liquidate assets. The trustee is now selling Dykstra's assets to pay creditors.

Known as "Nails" and "The Dude," Dykstra retired in 1996 after a 12-year playing career with a lifetime .285 batting average. He helped the Mets win the World Series in 1986 and the Phillies win the National League pennant in 1993.

The case is In re Lenny Kyle Dykstra, U.S. Bankruptcy Court, Central District of California, No. 09-18409.

(Reporting by Jonathan Stempel; Editing by Bernard Orr)