What does $1.375 million get you in Northbrook? A Cubs' home
A veteran Realtor, Susan Levinson has worked with numerous well-known clients through the years.
Jason Kipnis is the latest name on her list, and Levinson's reaction is pretty much the same always.
"I don't think it changes much," the Coldwell Banker agent said. "Not necessarily. It is the house. You don't want the focus to ever be on the owner. It should always be about the house."
Levinson isn't totally brushing off the extra interest that comes with selling a house owned by a known name, even though she always tries to protect a celebrity's status.
Word around Northbrook quickly leaked when Kipnis put his five-bedroom, 3,192-square-foot house up for sale for $1.375 million earlier this month.
A star athlete at Glenbrook North High School and a Northbrook native, Kipnis made a big name from himself as a major league baseball player.
Breaking in with the Cleveland Indians in 2011, Kipnis played nine seasons with Cleveland and was a two-time All-Star.
The Indians cut Kipnis loose after the 2019 season and he signed with the Cubs, the team he grew up rooting for.
Kipnis is fired up to get back on the field wearing a Cubs uniform.
"Playing for your hometown team is a lot of players' first dream as a kid," Kipnis said.
When baseball returns, most likely in late July, Kipnis will be an option at second base for new Cubs manager David Ross.
Kipnis hit 123 home runs and had 529 RBI in 1,121 career games with Cleveland.
In the 2016 World Series against the Cubs, Kipnis was 9-for-31 (. 290) with 2 home runs and 4 RBI.
And even though his Northbrook residence is up for sale -- Kipnis bought the Ridgewood Drive house for $1.23 million is 2016 -- he will still be living in Chicago.
In January, the 33-year-old Kipnis bought a 7,000-foot home in Chicago's Old Town neighborhood for $2.8 million.
Kipnis has reportedly been renting the Northbrook house on Ridgewood Drive and former Bears wide receiver Taylor Gabriel lived there in 2018 and 2019.
The home sits on a nearly half-acre lot and has a little something for everyone, according to the listing: An open floor plan with high ceilings, a kitchen with custom white cabinetry and stainless steel appliances and island and eating area that opens to the family room.
If it's entertaining you enjoy, the living room is converted to a library/office with custom built-ins, a large finished bonus room plus a full finished basement with a 40-foot recreation room.
The professionally landscaped property is in a serene and scenic neighborhood but close to everything.