Former Bears center Olin Kreutz buys Bannockburn mansion from former Bulls guard Kirk Hinrich

Originally published by Bob Goldsborough on the Chicago Tribune

ormer Chicago Bears center Olin Kreutz has paid $2.4 million to buy former Chicago Bulls guard Kirk Hinrich’s nine-bedroom, 9,270-square-foot mansion in Bannockburn.

Deals between Chicago athletes for homes are rare but not unheard-of. And while both Hinrich and Kreutz are now retired, Kreutz, who long has owned a house in Lake Forest, has chosen to remain in the Chicago area since retiring in 2011 and most recently has worked as an analyst for WSCR-AM.

The sale brings to a close a long and painful housing odyssey for Hinrich, 37, who played for the Bulls from 2003 until 2010, and again from 2012 until 2016. He now lives in Sioux Falls, S.D., where he coaches at a basketball academy. Kreutz, 41, played for the Bears from 1998 until 2010.

Hinrich paid $4.4 million in 2007 for the mansion, which was built by Orren Pickell Builders in 2005. As a result, Hinrich took a $2 million loss on the mansion, which he first listed in April 2017 for $4.499 million. He later cut his asking price to $3.9 million and then to $3.55 million in March. His final price cut was to $2.75 million in August.

Set on a 5.79-acre parcel just east of Trinity International University, the mansion has eight full baths, three half-baths, an in-home office, an elevator, a large mudroom, four fireplaces, a six-car garage with a sport court, a four-season porch with a grill, a master suite with an exercise room and a sauna, and a lower level with an in-home theater, a large rec room, a second kitchen, a card room and a dance studio.

Listing agent Nancy Greenberg declined to comment on the transaction.

Bob Goldsborough is a freelance reporter.

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