September 13, 2007

Chicago Tribune – RedEye edition

Famous Places

‘NCIS’ star shipping out of N. Barrington

By Bob Goldsborough for RedEye; Bob Goldsborough is a RedEye special contributor.

Actress Lauren Holly is under contract to sell her 12-room, Colonial-style house in northwest suburban North Barrington, which most recently has been on the market for $1.2 million.

Holly, 43, stars on CBS’ “NCIS” and first achieved fame on CBS’ “Picket Fences.” She became a Chicago-area resident in 2003 when she and her investment banker husband paid $2.2 million through her Sunbrook Trust to purchase a 12-room, English-style house on 2.43 acres in Lake Forest. She sold that five-bedroom house in late 2005 for $2.65 million.

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In August 2004, Holly and her husband paid $1.1 million to purchase the house in North Barrington that they now are selling.

Built in 1999, the two-story, five-bedroom house has five and a half baths, three fireplaces, hardwood floors throughout the first floor, and $150,000 worth of upgrades made by the couple.

Other features include a three-car garage, a kitchen with a cherry and granite island, a separate breakfast room, transomed entries to the living room and dining room, a custom entertainment center in the family room, extensive millwork, bedroom suites, a master suite with tray ceiling and a walk-in closet, and a walk-out lower level with a large entertainment area and a fireplace.

The house, which sits on a 1.29-acre lot, first had been listed in June 2006 for $1.2 million. It went under contract in April and is due to close at the end of the month.

Holly and her husband have relocated to L.A., where she lived before she relocated to the Chicago area.

“When ‘NCIS’ came up, I started flying back and forth between Los Angeles and Chicago,” Holly told Redbook magazine in April. “I’d be gone for two to three days, then fly home. It was crazy, but it worked. In the spring of 2006, the show got picked up for a fourth season, and (my husband) said he’d be the one to fly back and forth, since he flies so much for business anyway, and we moved to California.”

With the departure of Holly, the Chicago area loses a national entertainment figure.

Others living in the area include actor Vince Vaughn, who owns a Michigan Avenue penthouse and a River North townhouse; director John Hughes, who owns a home in Lake Forest; actor David Schwimmer, who owns a Greektown condo; singer-songwriter Richard Marx, who owns a mansion in Mettawa; comedian Bernie Mac, who owns a house in Frankfort; Smashing Pumpkins rocker Billy Corgan, who owns a Gold Coast condo and a Highland Park mansion; talk-show host Oprah Winfrey, who owns a Michigan Avenue duplex and an East Lake Shore Drive co-op; talk-show host Jerry Springer, who rents in the John Hancock building; singer R. Kelly, who owns a mansion in Olympia Fields; actor Freddy Rodriguez, who owns a Gold Coast condo; and actors John and Joan Cusack.

BEARS DEFENDER SETTLES IN: Bears safety Danieal Manning has paid $535,000 for a four-bedroom, 3,800-square-foot house in north suburban Libertyville.

Manning, 25, is in the second year of a four-year deal that he signed with in 2006 as a Bears draft pick. His new house has three and a half baths, a two-story entry, 9-foot ceilings on the first floor, and first-floor den, a master suite with a tray ceiling and a whirlpool, and a full finished basement with a full bath.

Other features include a kitchen with 42-inch cabinets, a planning desk, stainless-steel appliances and a large granite island. Outside are a fenced yard and a brick paver patio.

The house originally had been listed for $549,900.