Bucks’ Dellavedova Has Shorewood Home
Surprise, it's a quite tasteful, Tudor Revival home with $1.3 million price tag.
Websites abound that feature the “Jaw-Dropping” homes of NBA stars. “Gag-Inducing” is more like it, since there seems to be an affinity for new, shiny and decidedly exurban residences for stars of America’s most urban sport.
House Confidential travelled to the Village of River Hills to visit the Range Line Road home built in 1995 and occupied in 2014 by O. J. Mayo, then a Milwaukee Bucks player, finding that “His $1.8 million home mixes all sorts of architectural styles and isn’t visible to passers by. Perhaps just as well.”
In 2015, House Confidential visited the vintage 2005 Upper River Road home of then-Buck Michael Carter-Williams, and found its pool, guest house, home theater, wine cellar, heated garage, workshop, and seven and a half bathrooms to be a bit much, and all dying to burst out of their faux-Tudor shell, exploding in every direction onto what was once an inoffensive River Hills prairie. Earlier in 2015 we expressed concerns about the 2001 Town of Grafton home of Jabari Parker and its wet bar, which seemed an inappropriate feature for a residence of a Mormon, and one not of drinking age, at that.
Mayo and Carter-Williams are long gone, and Parker redeemed himself this year when he purchased a former power plant in Brewers Hill that he is converting into a stunning urban residence. The Grafton home was mostly for his folks, anyway.
We may now add to the extremely short list of NBA players with genuinely attractive homes the name of Parker’s teammate, Matthew Dellavedova. Based on available information, this doubles the league-wide number of those so designated to two.
A Lake Drive Beauty
“Delly” bought this 1934 brick veneer Tudor Revival lakefront mansion in Shorewood on September 15th, 2016, paying $1,360,000 for it — a $300 discount from the home’s assessed valuation.
According to the assessor, the home has a mere 3,884 square feet of finished living area. (The real estate listing says 4,252 square feet, and includes the basement rec room.)
Yet within these cramped confines (by NBA standards) one finds 11 rooms, including at least 4 bedrooms, 3 full bathrooms, and two half-baths. The residence has two washers and two dryers, so Dellavedova should have no excuse for showing up at practice in a soiled uniform.
When the star comes home, there is no chance he will traffic Lake Drive’s dirt into his residence on the soles of his Delly 1 Defenders ($160), since the residence has a mud room, “with a heated tile floor and built-in lockers,” as noted in the real estate listing. The mud room is also thoughtfully equipped with a refrigerator, where Mrs. Delly possibly puts Matt’s lunch bag so he can grab it on the way out the door after he puts on his nice warm Delly 1 Defenders in the morning.
Oh, yes! There is a Mrs. Delly, the former Anna Schroeder, who met the future star when they attended college together at St. Mary’s.
No, not the St. Mary’s College in Victoria, Australia, the state where Dellavedova grew up; nor any of the three St. Mary’s Colleges in Maryland. The couple met in 2009 at St. Mary’s College in Moraga, California, her home state, and have been together ever since. The longevity and apparent stability of their relationship likewise contrasts with the league’s more celebrated, scandalous and short-lived liaisons. The couple married in July, 2017, and now they have a very merry home, judging from the refined and restrained natural evergreen boughs that decorate the residence this holiday season. Bling is not their thing.
The Candyman’s Home
The residence was built in 1934 for John E. Hunn, (1893-?) who was associated with the Campfire Co., a Milwaukee firm that marketed the Campfire, Snow White and XLN Marshmallow brands to a national audience. Hunn was the first to position the marshmallow as a food and baking product. Previously the treat had been marketed to confectioners and not for home — or campfire use. A 1920 Marshmallow Cookbook was marketing genius, as was a 1926 advertisement in Boy’s Life encouraging camp directors to buy the marshmallows in bulk.
Details of the history of the Hunn house, including such basic matters as the name of the architect, are scant. The home is of stone and brick veneer, with a slate roof and copper flashing and downspouts. These were custom elements even in their day, and even among the finer homes along the lake, many of which were larger and showier, in a pre-NBA way, than this one.
Once the Hunns moved into the home in 1935, they stuck around. The first change in ownership came in 1970 — and then only the middle initial of the owner changed, as John E. Hunn and Inez Hunn gave way to John L. and Wanita Hunn, along with their children, among them John Newton Hunn. By 1990 the Hunns had finally cleared out, and we find the residence owned by Curtis J. and Linda Laetz. The home subsequently sold for $600,000 in 1998 and $899,000 in 2012, at which time it underwent significant interior remodeling that still maintained respect for the original.
In the words of the Real Estate Poet:
Captivating lake views in this fully renovated stone Tudor. Hardwood flooring throughout, natural woodwork and charm. Top of the line appliances, marble countertop, stainless appliances in kitchen w/ custom range hood. Open concept Kitchen/Family Room. … Master suite features luxe master bath with walk in glass shower and dual sink vanity w/ separate makeup table. Great closet space and flowing floorplan. Upstairs 5 other bedrooms and two full baths. Lower level rec room with natural fireplace. STUNNING!
About Matthew Dellavedova
Now 27, Dellavedova has been a Milwaukee Bucks player since 2016. He was born and raised in Maryborough, Victoria, in Australia, a small town with just 7,174 people. He was the oldest of three children in his family, and is a sixth-generation Italian Australian, whose name initially caused problems for NBA announcers. He played college basketball for Saint Mary’s College of California, where he finished as the all-time leader in scoring, assists, games played, free throw percentage, and three-point shots. He has played on the Australia national team at the 2012 London Olympics, 2014 World Cup in Spain, and the 2016 Rio Olympics.
Dellavedova began his NBA career in the 2013-14 season with the Cleveland Cavaliers and played there three years, winning and NBA championship in 2016. The point guard is known for his defense and his pesky, physical style and has sometimes angered other players and teams; he was was voted the dirtiest player in the NBA by fellow players and coaches in a Los Angeles Times poll. (His fellow Aussie player Andrew Bogut took third.)
But Cavaliers’ player seemed to like Dellavedova, as do Bucks teammates, who have lauded him for helping younger players learn the ropes in the NBA. “He ain’t dirty. He just plays hard,” an Eastern Conference assistant coach told Sports Illustrated. “See, guys resent people that play hard because they don’t want to play hard. So if a guy plays hard, he’s dirty. He’s not dirty. He just plays hard.”
Which is why teammates value him and opponents dislike him. But the Bucks’ recent acquisition of guard Eric Bledsoe may make Dellavedova dispensable for Milwaukee’s team, one basketball publication has recently speculated.
- Owner: Matthew William Dellavedova
- Location: Village of Shorewood
- Neighborhood: If Shorewood had named neighborhoods, this would be Atwater Park
- Subdivision: Lake Avenue Subdivision
- Year Built: 1934
- Architect: None Found
- Style: Tudor Revival brick veneer lakefront home with copper gutters, downspouts and slate roof
- Description: Attractive, well-tended residence is an infill structure on lot likely created from subdivision of William D. Lindsay property located to the north on Lake Drive.
- Size: 3,884 Square Feet Finished Living Area; Lot size: 19,855 square feet
- Fireplaces: One brick and one metal, it appears
- Bedrooms: Depends on how you count. Assessor says 4, real estate listing says 6
- Bathrooms: 3 Full, 2 half baths
- Rec Room: 635 square feet of pleasure in the basement.
- Assessment: Land: 19,855 square foot lot is valued at $264,700 ($13.33/sq. ft.). Improvements: $1,095,600. Total assessed valuation: $1,360,300. Current owner purchased property 09/15/2016 for $1,360,000
- Taxes: $37,302,49. Paid in Full
- Garbage Collection Route and Schedule: Route 2 (Orange) Tuesdays; Refuse and Recyclables are collected weekly on the same day, depending on route
- Polling Location: Residents of Ward 5 who are American citizens of legal age vote at the Shorewood High School, 1701 E. Capitol Dr.
- Aldermanic District: Residents of Shorewood are represented by all six members of the Village Board, who are elected at large for three year terms
- County Supervisory District: District 3rd Sheldon Wasserman
- Walk Score: 49 out of 100. “Car Dependent” Most errands require a car. However, the site is penalized by its proximity to the lake. A more typical score for the village is the 88 out of 100 “Very Walkable” found at the intersection of N. Oakland Ave. and E. Capitol Dr., seven blocks to the west. City of Milwaukee Average: 62 out of 100
- Transit Score: Not Found
How Milwaukee Is It? The residence is about 5.0 miles northeast of Milwaukee City Hall
- World War I Photograph Portrait of John E. Hunn, first owner of residence.