Chicago Tribune August 9, 2007 Thursday RedEye Edition Famous Places Joan Cusack's home sale nets large profits By Bob Goldsborough For RedEye Actress Joan Cusack has sold her 14-room house in Ravenswood on the North Side for $4,660,000. The sale price represents a tidy profit for Cusack, 44, who with her husband, attorney Richard Burke, purchased the seven-bedroom, brick house in 1998 through a bank trust for $905,000. The couple then expanded the property in 2000 by purchasing a fire-damaged house next door for $360,000 and then razing it and incorporating its lot into their backyard. Cusack and Burke's house was not formally listed with the multiple listing service. It sits on an unusually oversized, 0.42-acre corner lot and has four and a half stories, a finished basement, a great room and a gazebo. Dating to the 1800s, the house was the family home for Ravenswood's first settlers, the Conrad Sulzer family. The buyer is an executive with a lighting company. Cusack and Burke have moved to the Gold Coast. The sale of their Ravenswood house is one of the higher-priced property transactions involving a celebrity in the Chicago area, and it's also merely the latest real-estate deal involving a member of the Cusack acting family. Joan Cusack's brother, John, paid $2,876,000 in May 2005 for a large, 45th-floor condo unit in the newly built Fordham building in the Gold Coast, and he later sold his 1,600-square-foot, 57th-floor unit in the Elysees Private Residences building at 111 E. Chestnut Street in August 2006 for $885,000. Up in Ravenswood, Joan Cusack previously had owned another house across the street, which she purchased through a bank trust in 1997 for $550,000 and sold in early 1999 for $890,000, according to public records. Prior to that, she had lived in a top-floor loft in a Streeterville building on Lake Shore Drive, which she had purchased in 1992 for $240,500 and sold in 1998 for $310,000. Anchor drops anchor in Lakeview Jan Jeffcoat, who recently joined Fox's morning news team as a co-anchor, has paid $807,500 for a three-bedroom, loft-like house in west Lakeview on the North Side. Jeffcoat, 29, joined Fox in June from a station in Houston. Her new, 2,032-square-foot house has eight rooms, three and a half baths and a basement. The three-story house also has a lower level hot tub. The house originally had been listed for $939,000, and later was reduced to $899,000 and then to $829,000. West Lakeview has become an increasingly popular neighborhood for broadcasters and other celebrities. Other high-profile folks who live in Jeffcoat's new 'hood include CBS anchor Roseanne Tellez, who paid $810,000 in 2002 for her house, and Chicago Blackhawks defenseman Brent Seabrook, who paid $595,000 early last year to buy a lot on which he has built a new house. The area also has been home to WGN anchor and RedEye contributor Larry Potash, who last year sold his house a few blocks away for $983,000 because he had moved to a house in Lake Forest. CBS sports anchor Mark Malone earlier this year sold his house in the neighborhood for $1,450,000. Trading places Meanwhile, the co-anchor whom Jeffcoat replaced, longtime Fox personality Tamron Hall, has sold her three-bedroom, duplex penthouse unit in a building in the Belmont Harbor neighborhood on the North Side for $750,000. Hall, who recently quit Fox to join MSNBC, had listed her condo for $775,000. Features in Hall's former duplex include two baths, a marble foyer, custom cabinets, hardwood floors, limestone baths, a custom fireplace, and an open chef's kitchen with granite counters and stainless steel appliances. The 2,200-square-foot unit also has speakers throughout and a private, 560-square-foot, landscaped roof deck. Hall had purchased the condo in 2003 for $655,000. Bob Goldsborough is a RedEye special contributor.