November 15, 2007 Thursday Chicago Tribune - RedEye Edition Famous Places Da Coach's old house hits da market By Bob Goldsborough For RedEye. Bob Goldsborough is a RedEye special contributor. The 10-room brick house in north suburban Bannockburn that former Bears coach Mike Ditka owned from the time it was built until selling it in 1997 has come on the market for $2.29 million. Built in 1989, the four-bedroom Colonial-style house was owned by Ditka and his wife until they sold it for $1.45 million in 1997 to the family that now has it on the market. Features in the house include four and a half baths, four fireplaces, custom oak built-ins and trim, marble floors, a kitchen with double appliances, a spa basement with a sauna, an exercise room, a wine cellar and a four-car garage, according to listing information. The house sits on more than 2 acres. Ditka currently lives in the Olympia Centre building on the Gold Coast, in a condo he and his wife purchased for $700,000 in 2000. AAAAND SOLD: CBS reporter Derrick Blakley, who has been an anchor and reporter in Chicago for the past 19 years, has sold his 10-room, Colonial-style house in Evanston for $707,500. A Northwestern University graduate, Blakley, 53, had owned the 3,588-square-foot house since 1987. Built in 1941, the five-bedroom brick house has two and a half baths and three fireplaces, according to public records and listing information. Other features include a finished rec room with a wet bar, a vaulted family room, moldings and refinished hardwood floors, according to listing information. The two-story house had been listed for $725,000. Blakley hasn't left Evanston, however. He moved a few blocks away, into an eight-room, 3,200-square-foot row house that he purchased in early 2004 for $672,500, according to public records. Built in 2003, the four-level, three-bedroom brick-and-stone row house has three full baths, two half baths and a fireplace. PRICE DROP: Former Bear Tank Johnson keeps cutting the asking price of his four-bedroom house in north suburban Gurnee. On Tuesday, Johnson reduced the listing price for his 13-room house to $525,000, which is down significantly from his first asking price of $699,900 and even down a good bit from his subsequent asking price of $629,900. If Johnson sells the 3,306-square-foot house at his current listing price, he actually would wind up taking a loss on the custom-built house, which he purchased in 2004 for $545,000. Built in 1993, the house was the site of a police raid in December. Johnson pleaded guilty to a misdemeanor weapons charge in connection with the raid and served subsequent jail time. Features include 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 whirlpool, a deck and a three-car garage.