Bobby Jenks selling Hinsdale house for $899K

Posted March 8 at 10:38 a.m.

ELITE STREET | By Bob Goldsborough | Former Chicago White Sox relief pitcher Bobby Jenks, who now throws for the Boston Red Sox, has listed his four-bedroom, 3,203-square-foot house in Hinsdale for $899,000.

Jenks, who turns 30 on Monday, is the latest former Sox to list a home in Hinsdale. As Elite Street first reported last month, fellow former reliever Scott Linebrink is asking $825,000 for his 11-room house in Hinsdale.

Jenks, who left the Sox in December when he signed a two-year, $12 million contract with Boston, paid $967,500 in mid-2006 for the house. Built in 1994, the house has three full baths, two half baths, vaulted ceilings, a master suite with a sitting room, a first-floor library, and a lower level with a cherry wood bar.

“For the price, it’s probably a little more roomy than some of the other houses in that price range, and the master suite is great because it has a sitting room, a great master bath and a nice closet,” said Diana Ivas of RE/MAX Elite, who is co-listing the home with her husband, Charles. “It has a nice finished basement with a bar and a great area for a pool table. The other thing you don’t find in a lot of the houses in Hinsdale is that it’s got vaulted ceilings, so when you walk in, the opulence is nice. It has vaulted ceilings in the master bedroom and the great room. So that’s kind of special.”

Jenks paid $2.05 million last summer for a massive, six-bedroom, 10,384-square-foot house in Mesa, Ariz.

“I did like it in Chicago,” Jenks told the Tribune’s Phil Rogers last month. “It was a good place for me and my family. The people there were always respectful. I lived there year-round for six years. We just figured Arizona was where we wanted to raise our (four) kids.”

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Update: Less than a month after his last price cut, Chicago Cubs starting pitcher Ryan Dempster again has reduced the asking price of one his homes near Wrigley Field, this time from $1.95 million to $1.899 million.

Dempster went 14 months without budging on his initial $2.25 million asking price for the 5,300-square-foot house before now clearly becoming more motivated to sell, with two recent price cuts. He paid $1.715 million in 2006 to buy the five-bedroom house from its builder. He has listed it because he traded up to another, newly built house a few blocks away that he purchased in late 2008 for $2.69 million.

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