The longtime ranch-style home of Chicago Cubs legend Ron Santo recently came on the market in Bannockburn for $719,000.
One of the most popular ballplayers in Chicago history, Santo, who was the Cubs star third baseman from 1960 to 1973 and then was a Cubs radio broadcaster for the final two decades of his life, died of bladder cancer in 2010. He was posthumously inducted into the Baseball Hall of Fame last year.
Santo's widow, Vicki, listed the three-bedroom home in late June, and the home since has found a buyer who has signed a contract and is waiting on a contingency. Assuming the deal goes through, the sale is set to close Sept. 19, said listing agent Arlen "Corky" Peterson of Prudential Rubloff.
Vicki Santo bought the house in 1979, and she and Ron married in 1982. Built in 1962, the recently renovated house has 21/2 baths, skylights, a living room with a club feel and a large deck with an outdoor kitchen made of stainless steel. The house sits on a 0.54-acre lot.
"We had a lot of happy times there," Vicki Santo told Elite Street. "The home is beautiful, and I just hope that the people who buy it will take care of it and love it and have the happy times that we had."
Ron and Vicki Santo would spend several months a year in Arizona, where he would prepare for a season of Cubs broadcasts before and during spring training. She said she is planning to make Arizona her permanent home.
"Our family is basically out in Arizona now, so it seems like a logical move for me," she said. "It's sad (to leave), because we've been here since 1979."
Ron and Vicki Santo always considered the house to be cozy.
"When you come into this house, No. 1 you see homey," Ron Santo told the Tribune in 1993.
In the same report, Vicki Santo said: "I think Ron and I have the same philosophy on the house. We don't want rooms we don't use. We don't need big. Big doesn't fit us. We like comfortable. We like elegant, but above all we like comfortable."
Peterson hailed the Santos' recent renovation work.
"It was beautifully decorated and beautifully detailed," he said. "The house is perfect — just ready to move in."
Former Cub sells Bucktown home
Former Cubs outfielder Doug Glanville has taken a loss in Bucktown, selling his four-bedroom house there last week for $815,000.
Glanville, 42, played for the Cubs from 1996 to 1997 and again in 2003. He now is a Chicago-area homebuilder, a broadcaster and the author of occasional articles in The New York Times and at ESPN.com.
Glanville paid $977,000 in early 2006 for the 2,330-square-foot brick house. Built in 2001, the two-story house has 31/2 baths, an open floor plan, maple hardwood floors, crown moldings, a media room with a wet bar, and a kitchen with granite countertops, 42-inch maple cabinets, stainless steel appliances, a built-in desk and a breakfast bar.
Glanville has had the house on and off the market for the past three years. He listed it first in 2010 for $899,000 and most recently was asking $824,900.
Listing agent Izetta Carroll of Prudential Rubloff declined to comment on the deal.