John and Joan Cusack’s Childhood Home Sold

For over 40 years, this 103-year-old, five-bedroom Sheridan Road home housed the Cusack clan.

Photo: Courtesy of Redfin

List Price: $980,000
Sale Price: $940,000

The longtime Evanston home of the Cusack clan—including John and Joan—sold Friday afternoon.

Nancy and Dick Cusack moved in sometime in the late 1960s, according to Bonnie Wilson, the Koeing & Strey agent who represented the 103-year-old home in Friday’s sale. They then raised five children there, including the two movie stars. Dick Cusack, who was an ad executive and actor, died in 2003. Nancy Cusack put the house on the market in June.

Aside from being the place where the actors who created characters like Cyn in Working Girl and Lloyd Dobler in Say Anything grew up, the house has a lot of character of its own, Wilson says. “The wonderful moldings, and the [three] fireplaces, and all these windows looking out to the lake.” The home stands across Sheridan Road from Clark Square Park; Wilson says rooms on all three floors—the living room, the master bedroom, and a top-floor family room—have views of the water. There are also two sunrooms, one off the living room and one off the master bedroom.

The house needs updating: the baths, Wilson says, “are probably original,” and the kitchen “they probably did when they moved in.” A source who had toured the house says there are two old oil tanks still in the backyard and asbestos-based finishes that will have to be removed, as well as old, leaky windows that will demand updating.

Nancy Cusack initially listed the five-bedroom home for sale in June, asking $999,000. That came down to $980,000 in October, and the house went under contract in November. The sale, to people who are not yet identified in public records, came in at 94 percent of the initial asking price, and 96 percent of the reduced price.

The lot is more than a quarter-acre, and the back yard is big. The Cusacks, according to Wilson, were big entertainers, and used both the house and yard for parties. “Who knows how many famous people they entertained there,” she said. “Besides their children.”

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