Retired Bear Tom Waddle Lists Lake Forest Home for Nearly $4M

July 19, 2013

Tom WaddleRetired Chicago Bears wide receiver Tom Waddle, who now is a Chicago-based sportscaster and sports talk show host, on Friday listed his six-bedroom, 8,161-square-foot mansion in Lake Forest for close to $4 million.

Waddle, 46, played for the Bears from 1989 until 1994.  After retiring from professional football, he began what has become a very successful broadcasting career.  Several weeks ago, Waddle signed off from WFLD-Ch. 32 after 17 years with the station, where he had been a Bears analyst and fill-in sports anchor.  He continues to work as an analyst for the NFL Network.  On the radio, Waddle has co-hosted a talk show with Marc Silverman since 2007.  Prior to that, he had spent 10 years as a show cohost on WGN-AM.

Waddle and his wife previously had owned a 4,756-square-foot house in Lake Forest’s Middlefork Farms area that they had built and then sold in early 2010 for $2.275 million.  They sold that home at the same time that they bought the 15-room mansion that they just listed.

In 2010, the Waddles paid $3.25 million for their mansion, which came on the market on Friday for $3.995 million.  They bought the home from its builder, who had completed the home in 2008.

The country-style home that the Waddles have listed has a lannonstone and wood exterior.  Features include seven baths, custom white oaks floors, wainscoting, coffered ceilings, millwork, a first-floor master suite, four en-suite bedrooms, a butler’s pantry, a finished lower level with a home theater and a second kitchen, a wine tasting room, an exercise room and a four-car garage.  Outside on the 1.78-acre parcel are terraces and an outdoor grill.

The Waddles’ listing agent, Debra Vargas of Coldwell Banker, declined to comment on the listing.  Waddle did not immediately respond to a request for comment on the listing.

This post originally appeared in the Chicago Tribune on July 15, 2013.

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