Jessica and Darin Erstad
Jessica and Darin Erstad gave $1 million to Nebraska's Memorial Stadium improvement fund in 2004. (LJS file)

Professional baseball player and former Husker Darin Erstad paid $1.9 million earlier this month for a house in southeast Lincoln. The price is believed to be the highest ever paid for a house in Lancaster County.

The home is near 70th Street and Nebraska 2, in the Edenton South neighborhood.

Erstad bought the house from John and Andrea Schleich. John Schleich is president of Commercial Investment Properties, and his family founded what eventually became Home Real Estate.

According to the Lancaster County Assessor’s Web site, the 5,600-square-foot, 1.5-story house has four bedrooms, 4.5 bathrooms, a four-car garage, in-ground pool and a 500-square-foot pool house. It was built in 1997.

For tax assessment purposes, the house and pool house are treated as separate parcels, with a combined assessed value of more than $1.25 million.

Lancaster County Assessor Norm Agena said his office’s records indicate it’s the most expensive house ever sold in Lancaster County.

“As far as we know, yes,” he said.

The previous record sale price  was the $1.6 million former Nebraska football coach Bill Callahan paid for an acreage near Walton in 2004. That property is now listed for sale for just under $1.9 million.

Erstad plays for the Houston Astros, and attempts to reach him through the Astros’ media department were unsuccessful.

The North Dakota native played baseball and football at Nebraska in the early 1990s and was the No. 1 overall pick in the 1995 Major League Baseball draft.

Though records show he has not previously owned property in Lancaster County, the 34-year-old Erstad has maintained ties to the area.

He tries to return to Lincoln at least once a year to attend a Husker football game, and he and his wife, Jessica, donated $1 million to the Memorial Stadium improvement project in 2004.

Jessica Erstad also has ties to the area; she grew up in Fairmont and graduated from UNL

Reach Matt Olberding at 473-2647 or molberding@journalstar.com.

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