LIST $2.235 MILLION
» It’s a tailor-made double play. With one purchase, a buyer can pick up the childhood home of the legendary White Sox owner Bill Veeck as well as the coach house where baseball’s Barnum spent the early years of his first marriage. Built around 1912 and expanded twice, the Colonial-style Hinsdale house has hit the market at $2.235 million; the price tag includes the four-room coach-house apartment where Veeck and his first wife, Eleanor, lived following their marriage in 1935.
Veeck’s father, William Veeck Sr., served as president of the Chicago Cubs from 1918 until his death from leukemia in 1933. Veeck’s mother, Grace, remained in the home until 1964. Celebrated, among other things, for his outrageous promotional stunts, Bill Veeck owned three major-league baseball teams—the Cleveland Indians, the St. Louis Browns, and the Chicago White Sox (twice)—between 1946 and 1980.
Situated on a shady half-acre lot, the five-bedroom house has large living and dining rooms, a sunroom overlooking a big lawn, and a master suite with a contemporary bathroom. “You get the warm style of another era, but you’re not sacrificing space or functionality,” says Tina Porterfield, the Prudential Rubloff agent representing the seller, Robert Nienhouse, who is downsizing now that his children are grown. An entrepreneur and a magazine publisher, Nienhouse bought the house in 2000 for $1.6 million and then updated its façade, kitchen, family room, and baths.
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Photograph: Dennis Rodkin