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Chicago Sports Stars Buying and Selling

June 20, 2012
Patrick Sharp

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Two Chicago sports stars are on opposite ends of the real estate fence.

After being outbid by Chicago Cubs president of operations Theo Epstein on a new 7,800-square-foot mansion in Chicago’s Lakeview neighborhood, Chicago Blackhawk Patrick Sharp has found a new home not too far away.

Sharp, 30, purchased a newly constructed, six-bedroom mansion in the Southport Corridor of Chicago’s Lakeview neighborhood for $2.95 million. Epstein paid out $3.25 million for the property Sharp originally wanted.

So what did the Chicago fan favorite get for the hefty sum? A  14-room, brick-and-limestone mansion on an extra-wide corner lot. For $2.95 million, the mansion includes five full baths, two half-baths, multiple decks, an outdoor fireplace, a three-car heated garage, a custom spiral staircase, a three-zone chef’s kitchen, a dumbwaiter (an elevator for those who didn’t know like this writer) and a butler’s pantry.

“Its floor plan has a center entrance and the layout is not your conventional, rail-car format,” said Jennifer Ames of Coldwell Banker. “And it’s laid out nicely for entertaining, with a lower level with a wet bar and a wine cellar, plus a couple of nice outdoor decks. It really is a nice house if you like to entertain.”

Devin Hester of the Chicago BearsIn related Chicago sports real estate news, Bears wide receiver and amazing punt returner Devin Hester has put his Gurnee home on the market.

The five-bedroom, 3,100-square-foot home is listed at $329,900. The price is probably more in line with property taxes on one of Chicago’s most famous real estate, Michael Jordan‘s Highland Park mansion. But don’t feel bad for Hester, the listed home is just one of three the Bears favorite owns.

The Gurnee home features 3.5 baths, family room with fireplace, an upgraded kitchen, a master suite with two walk-in closets and vaulted ceilings, a two-story living room and three-car garage.

Hester will be taking a loss on the home. He purchased the property for $436,000 in 2006.

Hopefully Sharp and Hester’s  Chicago real estate transactions will somehow help their respective teams bring back championships to the Windy City. Wishful thinking.

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