Retired Chicago Cub Kerry Wood throws $8.5M Winnetka mansion on the market

Wood and his wife, Sarah, bought the five-bedroom home in 2019

Retired Chicago Cub Kerry Wood Lists Mansion for $8.5 Million
Retired Chicago Cub Kerry Wood and their newly-listed mansion in Winnetka (Getty, Google Maps)

Retired Chicago Cub Kerry Wood and his wife, Sarah, are making a big pitch in the Chicagoland real estate market.

The former pitcher and his wife have listed their Georgian Revival-style mansion in Winnetka for $8.5 million, the Chicago Tribune reported.

Jena Radnay of @properties has the listing.

Wood, known for, among other things, striking out 20 batters as a rookie in a shutout against the Houston Astros in 1998, pitched for the Cubs from 1998 to 2008 and returned for his final two seasons.  He is currently a Cubs Ambassador and was recently elected to the team’s Hall of Fame.

The Woods bought the three-story mansion in 2019 through an off-market transaction, using an Illinois limited liability company. 

Built in 1902 for railroad executive Charles I. Sturgis and designed by architect William Otis, the mansion boasts a curved red brick perimeter wall and wrought iron gates.

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Inside the 11,250-square-foot home, there are six bedrooms, six bathrooms, and five fireplaces. The kitchen features white marble countertops, top-of-the-line appliances, and a Farrow & Ball blue island.

The second floor houses the primary bedroom suite with a fireplace, two walk-in closets, and three additional bedrooms. The third floor includes two more bedrooms, an office, and a game room. The basement, refinished by the Woods, has an arts and crafts studio, a gym with a sauna, a wine room, and a recreation room with a bar.

On the 0.71-acre property, the Woods added a swimming pool and a new pool house with amenities. Outdoor features also include an outdoor kitchen, pergola, fire pit, organic gardens, and a heated three-car garage with extra storage and a workbench.

The Woods are reportedly selling because they are “changing up things a bit,” with their son graduating from high school, Radnay said. 
The Woods have a history of real estate transactions in Winnetka and beyond. Notably, they previously owned a newly built mansion in Winnetka, a Tudor Revival-style mansion, a Beaux-Arts-style mansion in Lincoln Park, a vintage house in the Old Town Triangle, a River North condo, and a waterfront mansion in Fontana, Wisconsin.

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