Posts in category "Famous Homes"

The Sad But Colorful Story Of Frank Thomas' Massive Oakbrook Mansion

The Sad But Colorful Story Of Frank Thomas' Massive Oakbrook Mansion
I have to admit that I didn’t know who Frank Thomas is. I don’t follow sports at all so I had to look this guy up to find out that he’s a former White Sox baseball player. I guess he was pretty good. Good enough to afford building a 41 room, 26,000 square foot mansion... Read more »

Vince Vaughn Closes On The Sale Of The Remaining 1/3 Of His Palmolive Condo

Vince Vaughn Closes On The Sale Of The Remaining 1/3 Of His Palmolive Condo
A couple of weeks ago I posted on the sale of the top 2 floors of Vince Vaughn’s condo in the Palmolive Building for $8 MM. 9 days later he closed on the bottom floor for $4.1 MM vs. the list price of $4.2 MM. This concludes what has been a 5 year ordeal for... Read more »

Vince Vaughn Finally Closes On The Sale Of 2/3 Of His Palmolive Condo

Vince Vaughn Finally Closes On The Sale Of 2/3 Of His Palmolive Condo
Just a quick update on the trials and tribulations of Vince Vaughn trying to divest himself of his Chicago bachelor pad in the Palmolive Building. I’ve written about this before and it’s been going on now since 2011. My last post on the subject was when they were finally successful in getting his penthouse condo... Read more »
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Vince Vaughn Splits Palmolive Condo And Sells Pieces Within A Week

Vince Vaughn Splits Palmolive Condo And Sells Pieces Within A Week
Poor Vince Vaughn has been trying to sell his super deluxe triplex penthouse condo in the Palmolive building since 2011. I first wrote about his ordeal in June 2012: More High End Luxury Penthouse Condos Hit The Market In Chicago. The whole mess started when the poor guy bought the top 3 unfinished floors of... Read more »

Oprah Dumps Her Water Tower Condo At 40% Discount

Oprah Dumps Her Water Tower Condo At 40% Discount
Not quite 2 years ago Oprah put her Water Tower Place condo at 180 E Pearson on the market for $7.75 MM. That was January 13, 2014 but by July 31 of that year she yanked the listing for this 9625 sq ft duplex. There never were any photos of the unit on the MLS... Read more »

Jonathon Brandmeier Loses Almost $4 MM On His River North Mansion

Jonathon Brandmeier Loses Almost $4 MM On His River North Mansion
Jonathon Brandmeier first put his River North mansion on the market back in June 2011, listing it at $5.9 MM. After more than 2 years without a price drop or a buyer he took it down in September of 2013. Then in June of this year he put it back on the market at $4.7... Read more »
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Chicago's Most Expensive Homes: A Non Price Reduction On Ann Lurie's Mansion

Chicago's Most Expensive Homes: A Non Price Reduction On Ann Lurie's Mansion
Back in January I posted on a significant price reduction on Ann Lurie’s Mansion from $13.75 MM to $11 MM. Almost 7 months later and the house at 1547 N Dearborn still hasn’t sold and it’s been on the market now for 766 days. About a week ago I noticed that the listing got cancelled... Read more »

Chicago Expensive Homes: Former Playboy Bunny Mansion Listed At $14.5 MM

Chicago Expensive Homes: Former Playboy Bunny Mansion Listed At $14.5 MM
This gold coast mansion at 1336 N State Parkway was once home to the Playboy bunnies in residence and was attached to the original Playboy mansion. It sold in November 2013 for $7.125 MM. 1 1/2 years later, after renovations, it is back onĀ  the market as Chicago’s third most expensive home currently listed. The... Read more »

George Lucas May Have Just Paid $18.75 MM For A Chicago Penthouse

George Lucas May Have Just Paid $18.75 MM For A Chicago Penthouse
The Chicago Tribune and Crain’s reported today that Chicago’s most expensive home sale ever closed on April 28 and speculation is running high that the buyer is George Lucas of Star Wars fame. The property which is the subject of this speculation is the 65th floor penthouse unit in the Park Tower Residences at 800... Read more »
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Vince Vaughn's Condo Back On The Market At Lower Price

Vince Vaughn's Condo Back On The Market At Lower Price
Vince Vaughn’s condo in Chicago went back on the market on Sunday at a much reduced price – a mere $13.9 MM. As a point of reference he paid $12 MM for it in 2006 but who knows how much he put into it since buying it. It’s also currently tied with another nearby condo... Read more »