By Bob Goldsborough, Special to the Tribune
June 13, 2013
WGN-Ch. 9 reporter Julie Unruh has a contract pending to sell her three-bedroom vintage house in east Winnetka, which is listed for $819,000.
Unruh, 44, a Chicago native, joined the station in 2001 after working for CLTV.
Unruh and her husband paid $710,000 in 2004 for the 1,872-square-foot Colonial-style house.
The renovated house, built in 1918, has 2 1/2 baths, a third-floor family room and a sunroom.
Former Alexei Zhamnov mansion on market again
A five-bedroom mansion in the Lincoln Park neighborhood that former Chicago Blackhawks center Alexei Zhamnov owned until selling it in 2009 came back on the market May 31 for $4.1 million.
That asking price is far above the $2.73 million that Zhamnov — he was with the Blackhawks from 1996 until 2004 and now is the general manager of a hockey team in Moscow — got for the house when he sold it about four years ago. The reason is that the house, built in 2001, was gutted in 2010, then renovated.
"When we saw it in 2010, Alexei had moved out, it was vacant and it had been on the market for a while," said listing agent Jennifer Ames of Coldwell Banker.
"Although well-built, the home was left in a goofy state, with plush peach wall-to-wall carpeting that was supposedly selected by Alexei's nanny after he had returned to Russia, and cheesy light fixtures. The current owner is trained in design and transformed the house from 2001 traditional to a fresh, crisp contemporary interior.
"They added a new state-of-the-art kitchen, gutted all but one bath, changed out the lighting, replaced the fireplace surrounds, added custom closets, ripped out the traditional wood staircase rails and replaced them with metal, added hardwood flooring and gave it all a gray finish."
Other features in the three-story mansion include 4 1/2 baths, a Poggenpohl kitchen with Caesarstone counters and Miele appliances, a master suite with two walk-in closets, custom lighting, a wine cellar, a 2 1/2-car garage and two laundry centers.
Deborah Bricker's Gold Coast mansion listed
Chicago philanthropist Deborah Bricker has listed her 9,000-square-foot vintage Gold Coast mansion for $7.85 million.
The five-bedroom, renovated mansion, built in 1914, has seven baths, wide hallways, tall ceilings, an elevator and an attached two-car garage. The mansion is known for being the south addition to the onetime Playboy mansion next door, which now is luxury condos.
"It's one of the only Gold Coast homes on the market in the past several years that has been totally renovated and restored in the most beautiful way," said listing agent Janet Owen of Prudential Rubloff. "The current owner spared no expense."
Playboy later donated the mansion to the Art Institute of Chicago, which eventually sold it. It then returned to being used as a single-family residence.
Bricker bought the mansion in 1999 for more than $2.9 million.
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