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. joan-cusack-i1.jpg 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.