Chicago Bears' Devin Hester under contract to sell Chicago home
Devin Hester, the return specialist for the Chicago Bears, is reportedly under contract to sell his Chicago home.
The Chicago Tribune is reporting that Hester has finally found a buyer for his home in Riverwoods after multiple price chops, although there is still no word on how much the deal is going down for.
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Hester purchased the home for $2.2 million in 2008, and according to Coldwell Banker's Lori Progar, the home's listing agent, a lot has changed since then.
"When he bought it, it was a great house, and it suited his needs to a T," Progar told the publication. "He was single, and he loved the private location, loved the size and loved everything about it. It had a 'man cave' that any man would be envious of. Now, he is married with a family, and he has a different home. He now has a floor plan and house style that suits their family needs better. So he downgraded from a mansion-sized home with a finished man cave but upgraded his style and amenities in his new home."
The home first hit the listing market in April 2013 for $2.63 million. After it failed to sell, Hester reduced the price to $2.5 million the following month. Still sitting unclaimed, the residence was chopped to $2.25 million and finally to $1.99 million.
Listing records at Realtor.com reveal that the residence is a 10,000-square-foot mega mansion sitting on a prime 2.5-acre lot. The single-family residence has seven bedrooms, seven full and three half bathrooms. Interiors feature mixed flooring, large windows and drywall ceilings.
Exclusive living spaces include a game room, a club room, a media room, a bar, a family room and nanny quarters.
Outside, the house has a large tennis court, a children's play area, a garden with fountains and a four-car garage.
Check out pictures of the home here.
While Hester has landed a contract for the house, he might be on the verge of losing the one with his team. Rumors have it that the Chicago Bears may not sign the player for the next NFL season.
"Last season Hester was exclusively a return man, and some teams prefer not to allocate a big chunk of the salary cap to a player who does not contribute to offense or defense. Given all the needs the Bears have, it is likely they will look for a return man who also plays offense or defense," Dan Pompeii, an NFL columnist, wrote for Bleacher Report.