Former Cubs pitcher ditches Glencoe home build for $3.7M

Unfinished property not close to move-in ready with sale by Jason and Elissa Hammel

Former Chicago Cubs pitcher Jason Hammel and the unfinished Glencoe residence (Getty, Google Maps)
Former Chicago Cubs pitcher Jason Hammel and the unfinished Glencoe residence (Getty, Google Maps)

Former MLB pitcher Jason Hammel couldn’t go the distance with a Glencoe real estate project.

After starting to build a new home, the former Chicago Cub and his wife, Elissa, sold the mansion that’s still under construction for $3.7 million, three months after it was put on the market, the Chicago Tribune reported.

Elissa Hammel said the couple’s passion for the project tapered off since starting it, and decided they wouldn’t use the home. Plus, they want to move to the Northeast to be closer to family.

The six-bedroom, 6,000-square-foot estate is unfinished and apparently not close to move-in ready, and was sold at the approximate asking price two years after the Hammels acquired the property for $1.1 million. The house stands on a 0.65-acre lot on Wentworth Avenue.

The eventual plan for the house calls for a total of 9,300 square feet, comprising a basement, five full bathrooms and three half baths. Lavish features include a golf simulator room, media room, fitness area, sauna, paneled library, bar and various recreational areas for sporting activities.

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The buyers are a Glencoe couple.

The Hammels’ Glencoe estate is on an unusually large lot for the northern suburb. Yet, Glencoe has become a hot-spot for residential real estate, as a number of high-end sales have occurred in the area in recent years, and some sellers are seeking big deals for a couple more.

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Two Glencoe lakefront mansions hit the market at around $14 million apiece in September of last year, one of them measuring at 8,239 square feet. Another 5,400-square-foot home was sold for $6 million in November.

Hammel, 40, pitched for the Cubs in 2014 and 2016 as part of a 15-year major league career that also included stints with the Colorado Rockies, Baltimore Orioles, Tampa Bay Devil Rays and Oakland Athletics.

— Quinn Donoghue