The Cubs this summer traded left-handed Lilly to the Dodgers, the club that originally drafted him in 1996. Lilly, who could have filed for free agency early next month, agreed to terms on a three-year, $33 million contract in October, in a deal that was finalized this week rather than test the open market.
The native Californian left behind his furniture for staging purposes in this five-bedroom, five-bath Wrigleyville home (pictured at the end of this post). He and his veterinarian wife, Natasha, decorated it themselves, says listing agent Mike Lavorato of d'Aprile Realty.
The corner home, with four bedrooms including the master suite on one level, features a wide limestone center entrance, a wine cellar, a private rear yard, two roof decks, a rubber roof, and 2.5-car heated garage that has a covered breezeway to the home. There is also a complete lower level with 11-foot ceilings, a fireplace and a guest suite.
"My favorite part of the property is its unique setup," says Lavorato. "It has a really large center limestone entrance because it is on a corner lot. Most Chicago homes have a side entrance [or a] front entrance on the lower Browse through photos of millions of home listings or search foreclosure listings left. This home also has a self-contained backyard courtyard, which is kind of neat. Any outdoor space in this neighborhood is great."
A virtual tour is expected to be added to the listing later this week, says Lavorato, who adds that three brokers scheduled showings on the first day of the home's debut on the Multiple Listing Service.
Lilly, 34, purchased the home for $2.15 million in 2006, shortly after it was built. This one-owner home is one of approximately 12 properties that he owns, totaling close to $20 million in value. He reportedly paid cash for some and only owes about $2 million on all his properties combined, which is a sign of being far more real estate savvy than some other pro athletes, as HousingWatch reported in "Sports Stars: From Homebuyers to Renters."
His main retreat is a ranch in San Luis Obispo, Calif. where his wife, an adjunct professor at California Polytechnic State University's animal science department, can keep her horses. Given the distance to L.A. from San Luis Obispo, and that most ballplayers like to maintain residences near the ballfield, the Lillys will more than likely be looking to add to their portfolio with a property closer to Dodger Stadium.
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