Two Chicago Sports Stars Sell Cook County Homes

April 27, 2012

A current and a former Chicago sports star have both sold their Cook County real estate, but only one of the athletes have left town.

Basketball and Baseball PictureMark Buehrle, the former White Sox pitcher who led the team to a 2005 World Series Championship, has sold his suburban home in Lemont.

The pitcher, who reunites with ex-White Sox coach Ozzie Guillen down in Miami with the Marlins, was unable to strike out the housing crisis and had to take a loss on his home.

In February of 2005, Buehrle, 33, paid $770,000 for the seven-room, four-bedroom house in Lemont’s Ruffled Feathers subdivision. Buehrle surely had his feathers ruffled as the home was sold for $550,000. The deal closed on March 29 after originally being listed for $624,500 in January.

The 4,000-square- foot home features 31/2 baths; one fireplace; a double staircase; a main-level master bedroom; an outdoor fireplace; a full, partially finished basement with 9-foot ceilings; and a 3 1/2-car garage, all on a half acre lot.

Fans of the pitcher, one of only 21 to pitch a no-hitter in the history of Major League Baseball, should not feel too bad about Buerhle’s loss. His contract with the Miami Marlins will pay him $58 million. Somehow, Buerhle will survive the few hundred thousand dollars he lost on the sale of his home.

In related news, Chicago Bulls forward Kyle Korver is selling his North Shore mansion. However, fans need not worry. The three-point assassin is not leaving the team. Korver and his wife, Juliet Richardson, are planning on building a new home outside of Chicago.

Korver, in his second year with the Bulls, put the 16-room Glencoe mansion on the market last month for $1.499 million. The Bulls star and his wife lived there for 19 months before deciding that it was time for a change.

Korver purchased the mansion for $1.38 million. The single-family, two-story North Shore mansion is now under contract after a price cut to $1.475 million.

The home, located in the New Trier township, features five bedrooms, five full baths, heated and hardwood marble floors, sauna, three fireplaces, gourmet kitchen, and a finished basement with a theater, rec room and game room. One could safely assume a basketball hoop is located somewhere on the property.

Korver, 31, is averaging 8.1 points per game as the Bulls clinched home court advantage throughout the playoffs. Hopefully moving further away won’t disrupt the guard’s stats. Although, given the fact that Korver is most successful shooting from beyond the arc, this should not pose a problem.

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