September 27, 2007

Chicago Tribune - RedEye edition

Famous Places

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

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Former White Sox outfielder Carlos Lee, who signed a six-year, $100 million contract with the Houston Astros last winter, has sold his three-bedroom town home in west suburban Burr Ridge for $250,000.
One of the National League's best hitters, Lee, 31, debuted with the Sox in 1999 and played with them until he was traded to Milwaukee in 2004.

Lee paid $280,000 in 2002 for the 1,717-square-foot town home in a development that was built in 1997. Features in the town home include two and a half baths and a 650-square-foot basement, according to public records.

Former Lefkow house sells

The 11-room, colonial revival-style North Side house where U.S. District Judge Joan Lefkow's husband and mother were murdered in February 2005 has sold again for $768,600, just a year after Lefkow sold the house for $759,000, according to public records.

Built in 1903, the 3,500-square-foot house in the Lakewood-Balmoral area has six bedrooms, three and a half baths, a third-floor suite, natural woodwork throughout, many vintage details and a large yard with a deck. The house had been listed for $785,000.

Crossing over

Former White Sox and Cubs pitcher Donn Pall has sold his house in west suburban Bloomingdale for $680,000 and paid $875,000 for a 10-room house across the street, public records show.

An area native, Pall, 45, played in the major leagues from 1988 to 1998 and pitched for the Sox from 1988 to 1993. He had a brief stint with the Cubs the following year. Since retiring, he has worked as a fill-in broadcaster and as a financial consultant.

Pall's new five-bedroom house was built in 1993 and has Corian countertops and solid oak cabinets in the kitchen, a remodeled office, a two-story family room with a fireplace, a master suite with a sitting room and three walk-in closets, a full finished basement with a full bar and a large deck overlooking a golf course.

Mega-mansion

A 15-room mansion in Winnetka where a 1988 shooting spree ended in a suicide has just sold for $3.7 million.

The 6,284-square-foot Winnetka home that Laurie Dann went to after a shooting spree has just sold for the first time since 1993. Dann killed one child and wounded five others at a nearby elementary school before coming to the Winnetka house, where she then shot and wounded a 20-year-old resident of the house, Philip Andrew, before killing herself.

Built in 1907, the five-bedroom, English country-style house was sold by Andrew's parents in 1991 for almost $1.2 million, and then sold again in 1993 for $1.2 million to the family that just sold it.

The house had been listed for $4.8 million and later was reduced to $4.3 million, according to public records. Features include five full baths, two half-baths, a designer kitchen, a finished lower-level rec room, six fireplaces and a four-car garage, all on a 0.89-acre lot. Outside are gardens, a fountain and a koi pond.