Chicago Tribune

June 14, 2007 Thursday

RedEye Edition

FAMOUS PLACES;

Players keep Northbrook house in the Bulls family

BYLINE: By Bob Goldsborough, RedEye special contributor

A present Bull and a former Bull have decided to keep a house in the Bulls family. Current Bulls forward Tyrus Thomas has paid $598,000 to buy a three-bedroom townhouse in Northbrook from former Bulls point guard Jannero Pargo.

Pargo, 27, left the Bulls last summer and signed as a free agent with the New Orleans Hornets, while Thomas, 20, joined the club last summer.

The 2,426-square-foot unit was listed for $605,000 for just two days before the two players struck a deal. Features in the townhouse, which Pargo purchased in 2004 for $505,000, include three-and-a-half baths and a two-car garage.

This is the second dwelling Thomas has purchased in the area. In September, Thomas paid $379,500 for a two-bedroom condominium unit in Northbrook that is about three blocks east of his new town home. That condo, which has two baths, hardwood floors, granite countertops, stainless-steel appliances and a master suite with a luxury bath and a walk-in closet, is for sale, and recently was reduced from $407,900 to $369,900. In listing materials, Thomas' listing agent promises that a buyer who purchases the unit at full price "will receive an autographed picture of Tyrus."

- WLS-Ch. 7 weekend anchor Ravi Baichwal, who joined the station in November, has paid $882,000 for a four-bedroom, single-family house in Evanston.

Built in 1926 and originally listed for $962,500 (later reduced to $929,000), Baichwal's 3,208-square-foot, three-story brick house has three-and-a- half baths, hardwood floors, a kitchen with handmade cabinets, a large eating area, a great room with a cathedral ceiling and a third floor with a full bath, according to public records and listing information.

- Cubs pitcher Ted Lilly has paid $2.15 million for a six-bedroom, 5,400-square-foot house near Wrigley Field.

The two-story brick house that Lilly purchased has four full baths, two half baths, a roof deck and an attached, two-and-half-car heated garage.

The house originally had been listed for $2.25 million and later was reduced.

The purchase makes Lilly a close neighbor of Cubs reliever Ryan Dempster. As RedEye first reported early last year, Dempster paid $1.7 million in late 2005 to buy a newly built, 5,000-square-foot, 13-room, single-family house that is near Lilly's new pad.

Lilly has been an active buyer in other parts of the country as well, paying $1.3 million in February for a five-bedroom, 2,749-square-foot place three blocks east of the Pacific Ocean in Redondo Beach, Calif., just outside of L.A. Lilly also owns a house in Davis, Calif., which he purchased in August 2004 for $1 million, according to public records.

Lilly and Dempster are two of the small contingent of Cubs players who own Chicago-area real estate. The others include injured pitcher Kerry Wood, who paid nearly $1.3 million in late 2004 for a single-family house in the Old Town Triangle; injured pitcher Mark Prior, who paid $680,000 in late 2002 for a town home in Lincoln Park; pitcher Carlos Zambrano, who paid $740,000 in 2005 for a condo unit in Streeterville and then paid nearly $1.2 million last summer for a 12-room house in west suburban River Forest; slugger Derrek Lee, who paid almost $1.58 million in 2004 through a trust for a 12th-floor unit in a Gold Coast high-rise; and third baseman Aramis Ramirez, who paid $937,500 in 2005 to purchase a 10th-floor unit in a Gold Coast high-rise on Lake Shore Drive.