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Former Cubs pitcher Kerry Wood buys suburban Chicago mansion for nearly $4 million

Kerry and Sarah Wood, shown in July 2017, have purchased a vintage mansion in Winnetka and are making major upgrades to the home.

Former Chicago Cubs pitcher Kerry Wood and his wife, Sarah, in July paid just under $4 million for a six-bedroom, 7,798-square-foot vintage Georgian Revival-style mansion in Winnetka.

Wood played for the Cubs for most of his 15-year major league baseball career. During his retirement, he and his wife have run their Wood Family Foundation, and he also has served as a special assistant for the Cubs.

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In June, Wood and his wife listed their six-bedroom, 11,000-square-foot French Provincial-style mansion in Winnetka for just under $4.4 million, and that house remains on the market today for just under $4.3 million.

Now, Elite Street has learned that, through an Illinois limited liability company, the Woods paid $3,999,000 million in July for the vintage mansion, which was designed by architect William Otis. And they are making major upgrades to the home, including constructing an estimated $92,400 pool, an estimated $90,000 pool house and an estimated $125,510 for an outdoor fire pit, outdoor kitchen, pergola and patios, according to Winnetka village records.

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The 17-room mansion was built in 1894 for Charles I. Sturgis, the controller of the Chicago, Burlington & Quincy railroad. He sold the mansion in 1919.

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The mansion was not publicly listed on the market when the Woods bought it, so its extensive current details are not publicly known. However, a Winnetka Historical Society blog post written about the house by the seller notes that the mansion has a library, a butler’s pantry and a newly built three-car garage. The mansion also has 4½ baths, five fireplaces, a screened porch and a sunroom, and sits on a 0.71-acre property.

The Woods’ attorney for the deal, Adam Damerow, also is a board member of the Wood Family Foundation. He declined to comment on the transaction.

Buying and selling real estate has become something of a second career for Wood, who now has owned six Chicago-area homes since 2003, as well as a mansion on Geneva Lake in Wisconsin and another one in Arizona.

Wood and his wife first bought a River North condo for $712,000 in 2003 and then sold it in 2005 for $760,000. The couple paid $1.3 million in 2004 for a vintage house in the Old Town Triangle that they sold for a loss in 2008 for $1.2 million.

The couple traded up to a four-bedroom, Beaux-Arts-style mansion in Lincoln Park in 2008 that they bought for $3.32 million. They sold it at a loss in 2017 for $3 million.

The Woods also paid $4.63 million in 2010 for a historic Tudor Revival-style mansion in Winnetka that they sought to raze, but they ultimately decided not to and instead sold that mansion at a loss in late 2013 for $4.18 million. They then paid $4.2 million for the six-bedroom, 11,000-square-foot French Provincial-style mansion that they now have on the market.

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In Wisconsin, the couple has fared better, paying $3.8 million for a waterfront mansion in Fontana in 2014 and then selling it in 2017 for $4.7 million. However, they lost money on an earlier, approximately 8,000-square-foot house that they had owned in Paradise Valley, Arizona, selling it in 2011 for $2.27 million after buying it in 2003 for $2.52 million.

Bob Goldsborough is a freelance reporter.

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