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By Helen Oliveri | Broker in Hawthorn Woods, IL

Ex-Bull Chandler lists Northfield mansion


Charlotte Bobcats and former Chicago Bulls center Tyson Chandler has placed his 20-room, brick-and-limestone mansion in north suburban Northfield back on the market for $3.395 million.

Chandler, 27, joined the Bulls in 2001 and was traded to the New Orleans Hornets in 2006. Just weeks before that trade, Chandler had paid $4 million for the three-story mansion.

In 2007, Chandler had listed the six-bedroom mansion for $4.9 million. He later cut his asking price to $4.5 million, $4.3 million and $3.75 million before pulling it off the market in May 2009. Now, clearly anticipating a steeper loss, Chandler relisted it Jan. 15 at a lower asking price.

Custom-built in 2004 and containing about 11,000 square feet of living space, the mansion sits on a 0.91-acre lot and has six full baths, two half baths, three fireplaces, a two-story great room, custom travertine and walnut floors, a chef's kitchen with a large breakfast room, a wine cellar, a home theater, an exercise room, a spa, a mud room, a four-car garage and a first-floor master suite with a large onyx bath.

"It has a French chateau-type exterior, with soaring ceilings and a very dramatic foyer that leads into a two-story great room," said listing agent Camille Bass of Coldwell Banker, who has co-listed the house with two other agents: her twin sister, Millie Weinberg, and Judy Pitek. "It also has all the bells and whistles that you'd expect."

Chandler is one of a small cadre of celebrity homeowners in Northfield, which has 5,400 residents. Other owners include Northwestern University head football coach Pat Fitzgerald, whom Elite Street exclusively reported last week paid $2.3 million for a 10,000-square-foot mansion on just over an acre, and Chicago Bulls and Chicago White Sox owner Jerry Reinsdorf, who paid $1.055 million in 1999 through a bank trust for his 4,778-square-foot house on nearly an acre.

Grossman sacked for loss

Former Chicago Bears quarterback Rex Grossman has taken a major loss on the sale of his 36th-floor condominium in Chicago's Trump International Hotel & Tower, unloading it for $2 million.

Now with the Houston Texans, Grossman, 29, closed on the sale of the 3,437-square-foot unit Jan. 20. The buyer is not yet identified in public records.

Grossman purchased the two-bedroom Trump unit in September 2008 for $2.681 million. Less than a year later, after the Bears informed him that he was not in their plans for the 2009 season, Grossman signed with the Texans and then placed the unit on the market for $2.349 million. He later reduced its asking price to $2.295 million. Features in the unit include Snaidero cabinetry, upgraded appliances, his-and-hers baths, hardwood floors and two parking spaces.

Grossman continues to own a three-bedroom town home in Lake Forest, which is listed for $849,000.

Sale for Kashul

Chicago sportscaster Steve Kashul has sold his three-bedroom, ranch-style house in Naperville, complete with a basement bowling alley, for $475,000, and he is renting a house in the same neighborhood.

The veteran Chicago sportscaster, who works as a radio host for Chicago Bulls broadcasts on WMVP-AM and hosts a weekly golf show on Comcast SportsNet Chicago, said he plans to buy a house somewhere closer to his full-time job as director of membership for the private Kemper Lakes Golf Club in Kildeer. However, in the short term, he said he and his wife are waiting to sell their second home, on Lake Holiday near Sandwich, which is listed for $429,000.

"Our goal is to sell that house on Lake Holiday and then buy one home," Kashul said.

Elite Street wrote in August about Kashul's listing of the Naperville house for $524,900. Built in 1956, the renovated 2,049-square-foot house has 2 1/2 baths, hardwood flooring and a kitchen with custom cabinetry, granite and stainless steel appliances.

The house's piece de resistance is the full-size bowling alley in the finished basement.

"The bowling alley is fully functional with an almost antique-style pinsetter," Kashul said in August.

By Bob Goldsborough, Special to the Tribune, Chicago Tribune

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