The Chicago Cubs have spent the past 106 years trying to make it back to the World Series. Perhaps it's because the team is perpetually rebuilding, never quite settling on the right formula.
Now with the Tampa Bay Rays, outfielder David DeJesus learned this firsthand in 2013 when the Cubs surprisingly traded him, saying they wanted to go with a youth movement.
The trade left DeJesus with a home in suburban Wheaton, IL, where his wife grew up. DeJesus bought the 6,000-square-foot home for $1.05 million in 2011, after joining the Cubs. The home is now on the market for $1.6 million.
The traditional brick home has five bedrooms, five full bathrooms, and two half-baths on roughly three-quarters of an acre. The interior features a remodeled master suite with dressing room, walk-in closet, tray ceiling, and crown molding.
The home has walnut floors and a kitchen remodeled by Drury Design, a Chicago-area design firm. The open kitchen includes a breakfast area and faces a family living area with elegant ceiling beams. Rooms are painted white and tan.
The finished basement has a rec room, bathroom, bedroom, and bar area, which is perfect for watching the Cubs stumble through another season. A masculine den features a wood-beam ceiling and built-in bookcases with windows looking out to the mature trees on the property. Jackie Gibson is the listing agent.
When he was traded by the Cubs to the Washington Nationals in August 2013, DeJesus says he was shocked. "It's one of those moments where you're, like, 'Whoa,'" DeJesus told ESPN. "Time stops. So I look over at my wife and she's crying. She grew up in Wheaton."
The trade to Washington was a brief stopover in DeJesus' career. DeJesus has since moved on to the Tampa Bay Rays, where he had a hot spring but slumped a bit in June. He's likely hoping his hitting slump, and his home-selling slump, will both end soon.
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