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Chicago Tribune

July 12, 2007 Thursday

RedEye Edition

Famous Places

Grossman hands off his Evanston condo

By Bob Goldsborough for RedEye. BOB GOLDSBOROUGH IS A REDEYE SPECIAL CONTRIBUTOR.

Bears quarterback Rex Grossman has sold his nearly 2,500-square-foot condominium unit just south of downtown Evanston for $825,000.

Grossman's seven-room condo likely became expendable after 2005, when he moved toa newly built, single-family house in Lake Forest. He said at the timethat he purchased the Lake Forest home (for $797,500) that he wanted tobe closer to the Bears' Halas Hall practice facility just three minutesaway.

The quarterback had paid a publicly recordedsale price of $738,000 in late 2003 for the two-bedroom condo in the newly built Evanston building, although with upgrades, the multiple listing service revealed he'd actually paid $872,664.

Grossman's Evanston condo languished on the market for more than a year. Heoriginally listed it for $899,000 and later lowered that to $875,000 before finally agreeing to sell it for $825,000.

Theunit Grossman sold was created by joining two units; it has a44-by-19-foot living room, 2Q baths, a fireplace, custom mill work,Brazilian cherry floors, top-of-the-line appliances, a steam shower,two balconies and two garage parking spaces, according to listing information.

OPRAH CONDO: A 4,700-square-footcondominium unit on East Lake Shore Drive in Streeterville that once was owned by talk-show queen Oprah Winfrey has recently sold for $4.55 million.

Winfrey purchased the 10-room unit in thebuilding at 219 E. Lake Shore Drive in the late 1980s while it wasbeing converted from apartments to condominiums. She never moved into the three-bedroom, seventh-floor unit, however, and she eventually soldit in 1993 for $1.07 million to the couple that recently sold it,according to public records. The most recent sale, which was recorded just last month, was to a bank trust that obscured the identity of the buyer.

Last year, Winfrey paid nearly $6 million for a co-op unit in an East Lake Shore Drive building just a few doorswest of the building where her onetime unit recently changed hands. She also continues to own a duplex in Water Tower Place. And as RedEye noted last September while setting the record straight on local myths,Oprah does not live in Lake Point Tower and has never owned a unit inthat building.

NEWS ANCHOR: WLS-Ch. 7 anchor and reporter Kevin Roy and his partner have paid $950,000 for a more than 4,000-square-foot, all-brick single-family house in Andersonville.They've sold their 10-room, modern ranch-style house on 2 acres innorth suburban Riverwoods.

Roy, 39, has been anavid buyer and seller in the Chicago area since joining ABC-7 in 1998,and his new place in Andersonville is the fourth home he has owned inthe area.

Originally listed for nearly $1.15million and later reduced to $1.09 million, Roy's new three-bedroom house was built in 2001 and has two full baths, two half-baths, fourlevels, a chef's kitchen, 16-foot-wide floor-to-ceiling windows and astereo system throughout, according to listing information.

Roy purchased the four-bedroom Riverwoods house in January 2006 for$769,500, according to public records. Features in the house include an upgraded kitchen, two fireplaces and a three-car garage, according tolisting information. The house had been listed for $989,000.