July 26, 2007 Thursday
Jordan's ex buys $4.7M home
By Bob Goldsborough for RedEye Bob Goldsborough is a RedEye special contributor.
Juanita Jordan, ex-wife of basketball legend Michael Jordan, has paid $4.7 million for a newly built, 23-room mansion in Chicago's River North neighborhood.
Juanita Jordan purchased the six-bedroom mansion in the Kingsbury Estates area of River North through a bank trust and through her AJV LLC company, according to public records. The sale closed last month.
It's one of the highest prices ever paid for a detached single-family house in Chicago, and one of the highest prices paid by a celebrity for a residence in the Chicago area.
Features in Jordan's new mansion include six full baths, three half-baths, four fireplaces, a media room, a billiards room, a wine room, a full roof terrace with an exterior fireplace, an elevator, 12-foot ceilings and extensive crown moldings, according to listing information. The home had been listed for $4.6 million.
The Jordans continue to own a mansion in Highland Park and a penthouse unit in a building on Lake Shore Drive.
TV PERSONALITY: WMAQ-Ch. 5 sportscaster Bruce Wolf has sold his 13-room single-family house on 2.27 acres in north suburban Riverwoods for$1.02 million, and he has paid $550,000 for a three-bedroom town home in nearby Deerfield.
Wolf purchased the three-story, six-bedroom house in Riverwoods in 1999 for $675,000, according to public records.
Features in the 4,500-square-foot house, which had been listed for just more than $1 million, include 4.5 baths, a first-floor master suite with an office, two fireplaces, oak staircases, a second kitchen and a three-car garage, according to listing information. The sale included two miniature horses, according to listing information.
Wolf and his wife have downsized to a town home, which was built in 1998 and has 2.5 baths, according to listing information. Other features in the town home include a vaulted solarium, hardwood and villa-style terracotta tile flooring, a chef's kitchen with stone granite counters and42-inch cherry cabinets, a great room and an attached two-car garage, according to listing information. Wolf's new town home had been listed for $578,500.
COACH'S HOME: The 12-room, Prairie-style Evanston house where Northwestern University football coach Randy Walker lived has sold for $1.09 million.
Walker died suddenly last summer at age 52, just after moving to a4,280-square-foot house in south Wilmette that he had purchased for $1.9 million. At that time, he and his wife, Tammy, hadn't yet sold his house on Sheridan Road in Evanston, which he purchased in 1999 for $749,000.
Now, Tammy Walker has sold the six-bedroom house in Evanston for $1.09 million. Features in the 4,419-square-foot house, which is near Northwestern's campus, include 3.5 baths, refinished oak floors, a marble foyer, a fireplace and built-ins in the living room, a sunroom, a formal dining room, an eat-in kitchen with new granite counters, a new master bath and a two-car garage, according to listing information.
Public records show that the house was built in 1898, while listing information stated the house was built in 1909.