By Bob Goldsborough, Special to the Tribune
September 19, 2013
Former Chicago Cubs left fielder Alfonso Soriano on Friday listed his three-bedroom, 3,828-square-foot penthouse condominium in River North for $2.95 million.
In late 2006 the Cubs signed him to an eight-year, $136 million deal, the richest in the club's history. With the Cubs in a rebuilding mode, they traded Soriano, 37, in late July to the New York Yankees for a minor league pitcher.
Through a bank trust, Soriano paid $2.65 million in December 2006 for the 44th-floor condo. Features include 3 1/2 baths, a master suite and two additional bedrooms, two large his-and-hers walk-in closets, a marble entryway, a kitchen with a granite island, a fireplace, a 150-square-foot private terrace, a built-in surround system and a wine cellar. Two parking spaces are included.
Listing agent Sergio Aguirre of Northlake Realtors declined to comment on the listing.
Shaw-designed home on the market
An 18-room, 8,600-square-foot mansion in Kenwood designed by Howard Van Doren Shaw has been listed for $2.65 million.
Built in 1910 for Thomas E. Wilson of Wilson and Co. Meatpacking and Wilson Sporting Goods, the five-bedroom, Tudor Revival-style house, which sits on a 0.6-acre parcel, is believed to be the largest Shaw-designed house in the Chicago area that still serves as a single-family home.
Features include an ornamental plaster ceiling, extended bays with crenelated details and heraldic shields, a heated sleeping porch, a heated solarium, a grand ballroom and three period wood-burning fireplaces. It also has a coach house, a five-car garage and professionally landscaped gardens.
Much original detailing remains, including mahogany and oak period wainscoting and woodwork, built-in cabinetry and bookcases, leaded and stained glass, rich carving, original custom chandeliers and sconces, and original herringbone bricks in the driveway, front porch and carriage walk.
Rita McCarthy of Coldwell Banker has the listing.
Italian-style mansion lists in Naperville
A three-story, 6,100-square-foot Italian-style mansion near downtown Naperville recently was listed for $3.28 million.
Built in 2004 by its current owners, the four-bedroom mansion, which is made of Granbury stone, has 5 1/2 baths, 10-foot ceilings, a third-floor lounge with vaulted ceilings, an exercise room, travertine floors, a wood-burning pizza oven, beams, arched windows, an elevator, a wine cellar, a dipping pool under a loggia, a master suite with a balcony and 45-foot closet, and seven fireplaces.
The owners are Rick Mattioda, who owns Leopardo Cos., a commercial construction firm, and his wife.
"When you enter this Italian oasis, it's as if you have entered a villa in the Tuscan countryside," said listing agent Gail Niermeyer of Coldwell Banker. "The loggia with the spa dipping pool is so private you don't even know you are steps from downtown Naperville. The lower level was inspired by the owners' European travels and heritage and is like a small Italian restaurant and wine bar."
Cook Co. official buys North Side house
Cook County Commissioner Bridget Gainer, D-Chicago, and her husband have paid $1.2 million for a 4,350-square-foot vintage house in the Graceland West area of Ravenswood.
Gainer, 44, declined to comment on the purchase. It was listed for $1.195 million. Built in 1904, the home has a kitchen with a 12-foot island, a great room with a fireplace, a spalike master suite, a full finished basement and attic, and a dining room with original built-ins and stained glass.
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