BEGIN Chicago Tribune August 16, 2007, Thursday RedEye Edition Famous Places Joan Cusack buys Gold Coast mansion By Bob Goldsborough for RedEye; Bob Goldsborough is a RedEye special contributor. Actress Joan Cusack has paid $5.3 million for a six-bedroom, 8,000-square-foot-plus vintage mansion on the Gold Coast. Last week, I wrote about the two-time Academy Award-nominated actress selling her Ravenswood home for $4.66 million. Now, through a bank trust, Cusack, 44, and her husband, attorney Richard Burke, have paid even more for their new home, a 122-year-old mansion. Features in the renovated, 13-room mansion include six and a half baths, seven fireplaces, a great room, a de Giulio kitchen with a double oven and a master bath with a whirlpool, according to listing information. Other features include a library, an indoor swimming pool, millwork, Tiffany stained glass and an exercise room. Outside are a two-car garage and one-bedroom coach house, according to listing information. Cusack’s home originally had been listed for $9.75 million and later had been reduced for $7.5 million. The sellers, Bill Kunkler and Susan Crown Kunkler, are members of Chicago’s well-known Crown family. Jacobson’s home for sale Former NBC reporter Amy Jacobson has listed her four-bedroom, 4,300-square-foot, Greystone-style house on the North Side for $1.1 million. Jacobson left the station last month amid a controversy over footage of her clad in a bikini at the Plainfield home of Craig Stebic, whose wife has been missing since April 30. Built in 1890, Jacobson’s house has three and a half baths, one fireplace, a great room, a wet bar off the dining room and a lower level with a guest bedroom, bath and office, according to listing information. Outside are a detached two-car garage and a deck, all on an extra-long lot, according to listing information. Jacobson and her husband, Jaime Anglada, had purchased the house in May 2005 for $900,000. Tank lowers price Former Bears defensive tackle Tank Johnson has reduced the asking price of his 13-room house in north suburban Gurnee from $699,900 to $629,900. Built in 1993, Johnson’s four-bedroom, 3,306-square-foot home was the site of a police raid in December. Johnson pleaded guilty to a misdemeanor weapons charge in connection to the raid and served subsequent jail time. Johnson paid $545,000 in 2004 for the custom-built house, which has a brick fireplace in the family room, a first-floor library/den, a large kitchen, hardwood floors throughout much of the first floor, a master suite with a whirlpool, a deck and a three-car garage, according to listing information.