August 30, 2007

Chicago Tribune - RedEye Edition

Famous Places

Sox catcher at home in Burr Ridge

By Bob Goldsborough for RedEye; Bob Goldsborough is a RedEye special contributor.

White Sox backup catcher Toby Hall has paid $1,175,000 for a newly built, 5,000-square-foot-plus single-family house in Burr Ridge.

In December, Hall, 32, signed a two-year, $3.65 million contract with the team to back up starting catcher A.J. Pierzynski.

Hall’s new 11-room house had been listed for $1.25 million. Features in the five-bedroom house include four and a half baths, two fireplaces and a master suite with his and hers closets, a whirlpool and a double sink. Other features include a kitchen with granite countertops and top-of-the-line appliances, a breakfast room, hardwood floors and a three-car garage.

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Burr Ridge long has been a popular area for White Sox players. Hall is the only current member of the Sox who owns a home in the suburb, but former South Siders who have owned homes in Burr Ridge include Bo Jackson, Lance Johnson, Carlos Lee, Dan Pasqua and Robin Ventura.

With the team’s recent roster changes, Hall now is one of the Sox’s only Chicago-area homeowners. Pierzynski paid $1,625,000 last year for a house on the North Side; reliever Bobby Jenks paid $967,500 last year for a house in Hinsdale; pitcher Mark Buehrle paid $770,000 for a house in Lemont in 2005; and pitcher Jon Garland paid $293,500 for a condo unit in a loft building on the Near South Side in 2003.

While the house in Burr Ridge is Hall’s first Chicago-area residence, he has been a longtime homeowner in Florida, where he played for the Tampa Bay Devil Rays from 2000 through 2006. He purchased a newly built, 2,130-square-foot home in Bradenton, Fla. in 2001 and sold it the following year. Hall then bought a 4,052-square-foot house in Tampa in late 2002 that he sold in early 2005. Hall purchased his current, 4,451-square-foot home in nearby Odessa in early 2005 for $932,000.

Baumgarten sells: WGN morning co-anchor and reporter Robin Baumgarten has sold her custom-built, single-family house in Edison Park on the Northwest Side for $705,000 and has paid $378,000 to purchase a home in southwest suburban Orland Park.

Baumgarten, 37, had paid $595,000 in 2004 to buy the two-story, 10-room Edison Park home from a home builder. Features in the four-bedroom house, which had been listed for $739,900, include three and a half baths, two fireplaces, cherry hardwood floors and a large family room.

Other features include a master bath with a double sink, a kitchen with granite countertops and stainless steel appliances, and an adjoining great room with a fireplace. Outside is a rooftop deck above the two-car garage.

Baumgarten’s new house in Orland Park had not been on the market, so limited information is available about the home. Public records show that the 1,938-square-foot house was built in 1985 and sits on a 0.24-acre property.

Rookie’s new pad: Bears rookie defensive end Dan Bazuin has paid $495,000 for a newly built, nine-room house in north suburban Lindenhurst.

Bazuin, 24, agreed to a four-year, $7.65 million contract with the Bears last month.

Located on one of Lindenhurst’s many lakes, Bazuin’s new house has four bedrooms, two and a half baths, hardwood floors, an open layout, cathedral ceilings, a family room with a masonry fireplace, a master suite with a balcony and a whirlpool tub and a 2.5-car garage.

Bazuin’s house had been listed for $549,900, and the asking price later was reduced to $525,000.