Carlos Zambrano's River Forest home on the market

Mercurial Cubs pitcher lists 4,000-square-foot home for under a million


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By Brad Spencer

Sports Editor

Carlos Zambrano has skipped town! Well, not exactly. The Cubs pitcher (or former Cubs pitcher or soon-to-be former Cubs pitcher) put his house in River Forest on the market last month.

Zambrano was suspended by the Cubs in August after being ejected from a game against Atlanta for throwing at Braves third baseman Chipper Jones and then subsequently cleaning out his locker and announcing his retirement before the game's conclusion. It was one of many flare-ups by the 30-year-old right-hander over his 10-year span with the club. He was immediately put on the disqualified list and did not pitch again this season. His status for next year, the last of a five-year $91 million contract with the organization, remains up in the air.

Zambrano's River Forest home, a 4,000-square-foot dwelling located on the 500 block of Edgewood near the Des Plaines River, went up for sale, listed by Weichert Realtors-Nickel Group on Aug. 8, two days before the incident occurred in Atlanta.

The three-level brick home, currently unoccupied, features five bedrooms, four baths, a loft and an office. A finished lower level includes a large recreation room and possible sixth bedroom.

The listing description boasts that the sunken great room includes a "dramatic wall of windows with a vaulted ceiling" — perfect for the 6-foot-5 Zambrano, also known as Big Z (or perhaps El Toro).

Zambrano, 30, who also owns a 6,700-square-foot house in West Lakeview, purchased the River Forest home in 2006 for $1.199 million. Jessica Rivera of Weichert Realtors-Nickel Group currently has it listed for $969,000.

Zambrano, who is due $18 million next year by the Cubs or possibly another organization, in 2009 paid $34,561.52 in property taxes on the River Forest home.

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Posted: September 30th, 2011 10:08 PM

Now your on to something.....Put Z in a Bears uniform and the Slackers will be crying in their cheese!

Edge of the Wood from River Forest  

Posted: September 30th, 2011 5:50 PM

@FormerOakPark It's actually a fairly good sized River Forest lot (50x200) but the house goes lot-line to lot-line.

The Packers Own The Bears  

Posted: September 30th, 2011 2:02 PM

Zambrona, Shrambano. Who cares as long as Bear Fandom bows and begs for Packer Mercy. My Oh My Its Great to Be World Champs. GO PACK GO!!


Posted: September 29th, 2011 11:52 PM

I love the real estate listing hype - "dramatic wall of windows." They don't mention "with a beautiful view of your neighbors roof, 10 feet away."


Posted: September 29th, 2011 10:49 AM

Z lived there everyday before his Lakeview purchase. Maybe he is a frugal kind of person. So long Z. RF will have you back whenever you retire.

Violet Aura  

Posted: September 29th, 2011 10:03 AM

Dayum! It ain't even of all that...For over a mil? Hell to the naw!

Jim M. from River Forest  

Posted: September 29th, 2011 12:49 AM

F.Y.I. His mother & other family members lived there when they were in town. Big Z lived in Lakeview


Posted: September 28th, 2011 7:28 PM

just got back from Google Maps. . . is that him in the driveway???? and, wow, If I was to move to River Forest, there's plenty other better houses to choose from. I wish him luck in this market.


Posted: September 28th, 2011 5:36 PM

Wow, if I earned $100M, I think I would want a home with somewhat more impressive features inside. It's certainly large inside, and newly renovated, but bland. And no land to speak off. Check it out on Google Maps - tiny lot. Maybe his Chicago house is better and the RF house is just a getaway cabin.

Ron Murphy from Oak Park  

Posted: September 28th, 2011 5:16 PM

Is that his time-out chair in the first photo? Looks brand new!

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