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Ex-Sox slugger Frank Thomas lists two homes

Juanita Vanoy Jordan cuts asking price on Lake Shore Drive penthouse; Joan Cusack's former mansion sells for $3.81M

By Bob Goldsborough, Special to the Tribune

April 18, 2013

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Retired White Sox slugger Frank Thomas has listed two houses, one in Libertyville and the other outside Las Vegas, asking for a combined $4.45 million.

Thomas, 44, known as "The Big Hurt," played his final game in 2008 and retired in 2010. He now promotes his Big Hurt Beer.

In 2003, Thomas paid $2.35 million for the five-bedroom, 7,731-square-foot house on a half-acre lot on the Rio Secco golf course in Henderson, Nev. Last month, he listed the home for $2.5 million.

Las Vegas listing agent Kendall Towers, whose husband, retired major league pitcher Josh Towers, is a former teammate of Thomas', declined to comment on the listing.

On Sunday, Thomas listed his six-bedroom, 5,793-square-foot house in Libertyville for $1.95 million. Billed as "celebrity owned" and built in 2006, the house has 6 1/2 baths, a two-story foyer, a master suite with a sitting area and a finished basement with a theater, rec room, wine tasting room, exercise room, steam shower, playroom and a guest room with bath on a 0.75-acre lot.

Thomas purchased the home in 2007 for $1.8 million.

"It's really livable," said listing agent Val Dunn of Century 21 Kreuser & Seiler. "It's not like a museum. It's more like a home."

In 2003, Thomas sold his 41-room, 29,000-square-foot Oak Brook mansion for $7.95 million, DuPage County records show.

Juanita Vanoy Jordan cuts price on Lake Shore Drive penthouse

On April 12, Bulls great Michael Jordan's former wife, Juanita Vanoy Jordan, cut the asking price of her 8,000-square-foot triplex Lake Shore Drive penthouse to $4.3 million from $5 million.

The Jordans, who divorced in 2006, paid $3 million in the late 1990s for the penthouse. Juanita Vanoy Jordan owns a mansion in Chicago's River North neighborhood, which she bought new in 2007 for $4.73 million. Her four-bedroom penthouse condo has 5 1/2 baths, a media room and views in all directions.

Juanita Vanoy Jordan, a licensed real estate agent with Coldwell Banker, has changed listing agents for the property and is representing herself.

Joan Cusack's former mansion sells for $3.81M

A six-bedroom, Victorian-style mansion in the Graceland West neighborhood on the North Side that actress Joan Cusack once owned has sold for $3.81 million.

Cusack and her husband, Richard Burke, bought the mansion in 1998 for $905,000 and sold it in 2007 for $4.66 million. They own a Gold Coast mansion.

The Graceland West mansion sits on a 0.42-acre property across six city lots.

Designed by the architectural firm Holabird & Roche, the house has six baths, three fireplaces, wraparound porches, finishes by Chicago designer Alessandra Branca, a media room, a gym, Waterworks limestone baths, a Sub-Zero refrigerator and an in-ground trampoline. Outside are two separate garages: one is a two-car garage with a loft and the other is a detached one-car garage.

The mansion was built for early Chicago settler Conrad Sulzer, who came to Chicago in 1837 and was one of the old Lake View Township pioneers.

The mansion, said to have been built in the 1860s, shortly before Sulzer's death in 1873, remained in the Sulzer family until the 1950s, when it was donated to Trinity College. Trinity used the house until relocating to the northern suburbs in 1965. House Beautiful magazine featured the home in 2006, during Cusack's ownership.

The seller, who had bought the home from Cusack in 2007, took an $855,000 loss. The buyer bought the property in two transactions, paying $2.84 million for the mansion and $965,000 for an adjoining parcel.