Michael Horne
House Confidential

Bud Selig’s Stadium-Sized Home Base

His home is nearly 5,000 square feet. His lot is bigger than Miller Park's playing field. Yes, the rich are different.

By - Mar 1st, 2013 12:33 pm
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Allan Huber “Bud” Selig and his home have much in common. They both came from humble origins yet took on elements of grandeur over time, eventually becoming unrecognizable from their former selves.

Selig went from selling used Fords to becoming the Lincoln of Major League Baseball, where he earns over $22 million per year as commissioner, or more than all but five players. [Bio.]

Bud Selig's House

Bud Selig’s House

His Bayside home, near the Schlitz Audubon Nature Center, started out simply enough in 1985 as a French Provincial of about 2400 sq. ft. and, like its owner, no particular promise of greatness.  Yet nearly a quarter century later it had become a 4,902 sq. ft. “Contemporary” grown too big for its lot. So, in 2009 Selig bought the home next door and demolished it, expanding his property to 130,295 sq. ft. That’s bigger than the playing field at Miller Park.

In April 2012, Mark Brick of B&E General Contractors, who handles remodelings and such things for Selig, told the Village of Bayside Architectural Review Committee that “the house … was torn down to create an estate for Mr. Selig with a garden and sculpture area,” according to the minutes of the meeting.

Brick then asked for permission to landscape the demised property with a vine-covered 60-foot cedar pergola with a sidewalk underneath. Board permission was required since such an installation was contrary to Section 14-4 of the village code.

“The pergola installation in this area will enhance the aesthetic appeal of the area and will be in good taste,” the committee was told. Members voted unanimously to permit this adornment to the community, “having found unnecessary hardship, unique property limitations and no harm to public interests.”

So now Selig has his pergola, three acres of grounds, and an estate valued at $1,319,500. Of that, $866,700 is devoted to the residence with its 3 bedrooms, 2 full baths, 2 half baths and other attractions including a light-filled gallery, dining for twelve, and a study for Bud as sterile as a dentist’s office. Not a trophy in sight! The sculpture garden may yet be a work in progress; as of this writing the only heroic statue of Bud Selig on public display remains at Miller Park.

The Rundown

  • Style: “Contemporary” by way of French Provincial
  • Location: Village of Bayside [East of Lake Drive, thank you!]
  • Walk Score: 12 out of 100. “Car Dependent” [“Almost all errands require a car.”] What do you expect from the guy who insisted that Miller Park be built in the middle of Hell [Walk Score 43] rather than in the “Walker’s Paradise” of Downtown?
  • Public Transit Score: Not available nearest bus stop is 1.25 miles away.
  • Street Smart Walk Score: 5 out of 100.
  • Commuting Time: Bud can commute to Miller Park in about 20 minutes. His office on the 30th floor of 777 E. Wisconsin Ave. is about 13 miles away. Gilles Frozen Custard and Jake’s Deli are also within easy reach for this man of habits. His commute to his other MLB office at 245 Park Avenue, 31st floor, New York City, would be prohibitively time-consuming by automobile, so for that 809 mile trip he takes a private jet, provided by his employer. God knows how he gets to yet another office at Selig Leasing in West Allis, where he remains president, still selling Fords.
  • Affordability Index: Extremely affordable. The rule of thumb for home affordability is that the residence should be priced at about 2 or 3 times one’s annual income. Selig’s home was priced — next door house, improvements and all — at about 2 or 3 times his weekly income. That’s a steal!
  • Size: 4,902 Square feet of living area; 60 linear feet of Pergola, 2006 square feet unfinished basement.
  • Year Built: 1985, with subsequent additions.
  • Assessed Value: $1,319,500

How Milwaukee is it? The home is about 13.2 miles from City Hall.

Fun Fact: Thrifty Selig isn’t the sort of fellow who would wantonly tear down a neighboring home without finding some civic value in the endeavor. Brick, the contractor, arranged for Milwaukee Area Technical College carpentry students to saw away at the home before turning it over to government forces. According to a 2009 article in BaysideNow by staff writer Jane Ford-Stewart:

“Selig also offered use of the home to Bayside police, who have expressed interest in using it for training in how to enter a home with a burglar inside, Brick said. Police are thinking of using paintball guns in the training, which would take place the first week of May, he said. Then, the North Shore Fire Department is slated to take over using the house for practice.”

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About Bud Selig

Celebrity Net Worth estimates Selig is worth $400 million but provides no data to back up this figure. He has probably earned in the neighborhood of $200 million lifetime from his work as Commissioner of Major League Baseball, having served as acting commissioner since 1992 and official commissioner since 1998. In his first full year as official commissioner, he earned in the neighborhood of $1 million, but that has steadily risen to the point that he now earns a reported $22 million a year, more than either the head of the NFL or the NBA earns.

As for Selig’s ownership of the Milwaukee Brewers, Bruce Murphy did a story for Milwaukee Magazine estimating that Selig pocketed $33 to $36 million for his portion of the ownership of the team when it was sold. This was a wonderful return for Selig, who invested less than $14 million in the team, Murphy estimated.

Selig’s legacy in the minds of baseball fans will likely be defined by two issues. First and foremost for many will be the issue of performing enhancing drugs (steroids) and whether he willfully turned a blind eye to them. For a number of others, though, Selig will be remembered for calling a tie in 2002 All-Star Game, the first All-Star Game to end without a winner. The game drew extra attention because it occurred at Miller Park, the house that Bud got built.

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7 thoughts on “House Confidential: Bud Selig’s Stadium-Sized Home Base”

  1. John says:

    What, you couldn’t hide in the bushes for this one? You are losing your peeping tom cred.

  2. Mike in MKE says:

    Roger Goodell got a raise to $30MM, so Bud is 2nd in line. Also, I think his bigger legacy will be resurrecting baseball from the 1994 strike that alienated so many fans, and stewarding its unprecedented growth and labor stability.

  3. Tom Harry says:

    Couldn’t you write an article without trying to smear selig? “What do you expect from the guy who insisted that Miller Park be built in the middle of Hell [Walk Score 43] rather than in the “Walker’s Paradise” of Downtown?” Good grief not everyone wants to live in a walkable neighborhood. Just report the facts no need for your snooty commentary. Evil Rich yes we get it, that theme is in every article on UM. I can barely even stand to read this stuff anymore. UM has a lot of potential but this website can’t seem to help itself on being bitter towards republicans and rich people. Instead of saying “His home is nearly 5,000 square feet” just say the truth “Bud Selig’s home is 4,902 Square feet” also stating that his land or total property is larger than Miller Park’s playing field is not a big deal, a lot of homes and farms and cabins are on land larger than Miller Park’s playing field. UM articles come off more critical than congratulatory in the style they are written.

  4. geoff hurtado says:

    Some of us with more grey than brown or black hair also believe his legacy is topped by his dogged and fanatical desire to bring MLB back to Milwaukee. Without that desire, we may still be looking for MLB in Milwaukee.

  5. stella cretek says:

    Tom: for “congratulatory” writing, Uurbanmilwaukee.com offers City People by Judith Ann Moriarty.

  6. Frank says:

    I see that Bud isn’t shy in letting his neighbors know where the property line is.

  7. Tom W says:

    Well, well, well, has no one read Dave Zirin’s books and thought about what Bud and the boys have cost the city in terms of tax dollars extorted for the stadium? And i say that as a season ticket holder! Baseball is great entertainment but not at the cost of other needed services.

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