Frank Thomas’ gigantic former mansion for sale

Frank Thomas’ gigantic former mansion for sale

The enormous, opulent mansion that White Sox great Frank Thomas built in the 1990s is for sale at $2 million less than he got when he sold it 18 years ago.

The nine-bedroom, 27,000-square-foot home on Midwest Road in Oak Brook was listed yesterday at $5.95 million. In 2003 Thomas sold it for $7.95 million. (See more photos below.)

Michael Sahli, the home’s owner and its listing agent through Home-Site Realty, did not respond to multiple requests for comment.

The Big Hurt’s former three-acre estate has been through a lot of hurt in the years since Thomas moved out.

The construction executive who bought it from him lost the property in foreclosure in 2014. The foreclosing lender, Bank of America, then sold it for $2.71 million, losing millions of dollars.

That buyer later forfeited the property to the feds after pleading guilty to defrauding banks out of $2.5 million. In December 2016, a federal government entity sold the property for $2.3 million to a land trust controlled by Sahli, the current owner.

Sahli’s listing says the home was “completely renovated” in 2017. The house has a dining room big enough to seat 14 people, a 12-person hot tub in the primary bedroom suite, an indoor basketball gym, a 14-seat theater, a hair salon and a specially ventilated cigar room. On the grounds are two outdoor pools, a fountain and an eight-car garage.

In the 18 years since Thomas sold the mansion for $7.95 million, no home sales in DuPage County have eclipsed that price, but a Hinsdale mansion came close in January. It sold for $7.7 million, the highest price on record in that suburb.

Thomas, who played 15 seasons for the White Sox, bought a house last year in South Barrington for a little under $1.6 million. It’s 17,800 square feet, about two-thirds the size of his old Oak Brook residence.

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