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There was $3.6 million difference in homes sold in 2015 by Alex Smith and Jeremy Maclin

Alex Smith and Jeremy Maclin both sold homes outside the Kansas City area in 2015. They went for much different prices
Alex Smith and Jeremy Maclin both sold homes outside the Kansas City area in 2015. They went for much different prices deulitt@kcstar.com

Here’s something I learned Friday: there is a section in the Wall Street Journal called “Mansion.”

Something I already knew Friday: there is no way my house would ever appear in that section.

NFL players? Yeah, their homes are there. In fact, there was a story in the Journal with the headline, “Ranking the Homes of NFL Pros,” which looked at the real-estate transactions of NFL players in 2015.

It had some enlightening information about local players.

The Chiefs’ Alex Smith was featured in the section “Top Selling Price By A Quarterback,” because of a home in California that he reportedly sold for $3.999 million.

The Journal wrote that Smith “listed his 4,650-square-foot, four-bedroom home in Monte Sereno, Calif., in August.” It also has a bocce ball court.

On the other end of the spectrum: Chiefs receiver Jeremy Maclin, whose old house was featured in the “Least Expense Home Sold.” His four-bedroom home (2,506 square feet) with 2 1/2-bathrooms in West Deptford, N.J., went for $325,000, according to the Journal.

That’s quite a difference: More than $3.6 million. Makes me wonder if Maclin has another home.

A former Chief was featured as the “Second Most Expensive Home Sold.” Patrick Surtain’s home in Weston, Fla., which the article notes has seven bedrooms and is 10,763 square feet, went for $4.25 million. The Journal said Surtain was moving into a smaller place close to his new job as football coach at American Heritage School in Plantation, Fla.

And finally, there is former Olathe North and Kansas State star Darren Sproles. The home he bought in Poway, Calif., was listed under “Slowest Transaction,” because it reportedly was on the market for 401 days.

The Journal reported that the 8,844-foot home opened at $4.395 million, was cut to $4.2 million and then to $3.595 million. Sproles snapped it up for $2.81 million in December, 2014 (the transaction listed in 2015). Sproles, who is now the the Eagles, saved more than $1.5 million.

Pete Grathoff: 816-234-4330, @pgrathoff

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