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Home plate really means just that to some new apartment owners in San Diego, where the nation's first condo-overlooking-a-ballpark is going up. The Legend is a 23-story tower being built by Bosa Development inside the gates of Petco Park, home of the San Diego Padres.

Owners on two sides of the condominium will have views into the stadium. Those two-bedroom units have already sold out, at prices in the $800,000s. The penthouses topped $1 million, and only 68 units of the 178-unit building remain unsold, though it won't be completed until August. The seventh floor holds a clubhouse with a full field view for all residents, including those on the nonview side of the build-ing, where units start in the $500,000s.

The concept may catch on. The city of Nashville is planning ballpark-view condos around a new 10,000-seat stadium for its AAA minor-league team, the Sounds. And in Minneapolis, many of the same development firms that worked on the San Diego project are considering a similar plan there. But it's not always easy getting municipalities to agree. The biggest complication is fan and homeowner traffic getting in the way of each other during games.

One thing nobody has to worry about in San Diego: the condos are out of range of even big-league hitters. The neighborhood "kids" won't be causing any broken windows.

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