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.
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.
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.
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.
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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