The three-bedroom, 1,820-square-foot Wheaton townhouse that former Major League Baseball player, former Chicago White Sox broadcaster and former Chicago Cubs minor league coach Jimmy Piersall owned until upon his death in 2017, was listed for $345,000.
Piersall, who died at 87 in 2017, played for 17 years in the major leagues – though not for either Chicago team – and retired in 1967. For the last 40 years of his life , Piersall was a familiar figure in Chicago, notably as a television broadcaster for White Sox games for four years with Harry Caray in the late 1970s and early 1980s, then remained a forward-looking analyst. match and post-match for another two years. Piersall later served as a baseball analyst for WSCR-AM and WMVP-AM and also served as a minor league coach for the Cubs for 14 seasons.
Piersall owned the eight-room townhouse in Wheaton with his third wife, Jan, whom he married at an Oak Brook restaurant in October 1982. Records show that in August 1978 she paid $91,500 $ to buy the townhouse from its builder.
Located in the Wheaton Oaks development, the two-story townhouse features three bathrooms, a vaulted living room with a fireplace, a dining room with crown moldings and a kitchen with white cabinets, under-cabinet lighting, white appliances, a tile backsplash, and a walk-in pantry. Other features include a second floor loft with a fireplace, a partially finished basement, a new roof, a new furnace and a master bedroom with a walk-in closet and a renovated bathroom.
Listing agent Joanne Spagnola of Baird & Warner Fox Valley told Elite Street the townhouse is located “in a neighborhood gem.”
“The neighborhood (is) complete with a swimming pool and a clubhouse, and residents are walking their dogs or having happy conversations with each other,” she said in a text message. “(This townhouse) is beautifully designed…with a private yard, desired floor plan, spacious kitchen and (partially) finished basement.”
The townhouse is just two blocks from where Piersall and his wife met. The pair first met at a women’s racquetball demonstration at the nearby Wheaton Sport Center in 1979, Jan Piersall told the Tribune in 1992.
Jan Piersall died after her husband, and her children from a previous marriage listed the townhouse in early June for $350,000. They reduced the asking price to $345,000 on June 27.
The townhouse had a property tax bill of $4,918 in the 2021 tax year. Homeowners must also pay $400 per month in homeowners association dues.
Goldsborough is a freelance writer.
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