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Former weather forecaster Mark Bishop sells Bourbonnais home

Former mansion of ex-Bears quarterback Jim McMahon goes for $4.25 million

By Bob Goldsborough, Special to the Tribune

June 20, 2013

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Former WLS-Ch. 7 weekend weather forecaster Mark Bishop on Friday sold his four-bedroom house in far south suburban Bourbonnais for $295,000. He has moved to Nashville, Tenn., where he will be a professor at Trevecca Nazarene University.

This month, Bishop left ABC 7, where he had been a weekend morning weather forecaster since 2005. From 2001-13, Bishop also had been a communications professor at Olivet Nazarene University in Kankakee, overseeing the university's two digital television studios, and directing its television and video production programs and its film studies program.

Bishop first listed his house, which is in Bourbonnais' Turnberry area, about 21/2 months ago for $299,500. He and his wife had the home built in 2008.

The 2,891-square-foot house has three baths, quarter-sawn oak flooring and transoms, a great room with a stacked stone fireplace, and a kitchen with granite countertops, stainless steel appliances and tongue-and-groove drawers in the wood cabinetry. The 0.27-acre property also has an in-ground, heated pool with an all-season cover.

"It was just amazing quality, and they got the cleanliness award, in my opinion," said listing agent Lisa Sanford of Speckman Realty Real Living Inc. "It was absolutely spotless. The floors were impeccable. And the house was just of phenomenal quality all around. That's what sold it. It was lovely, lovely, lovely."

Jim McMahon's former mansion sells

The English manor-style mansion in Northbrook once owned by former Chicago Bears quarterback Jim McMahon sold June 12 for $4.25 million.

McMahon, who lives in Florida, sold the brick and limestone mansion in 2009 for $2.85 million to neighbor Rick Eisen, who spent more than two years renovating and updating the mansion. Eisen listed the mansion last year for $5.45 million.

Eisen lowered his asking price in September to $4.99 million and then to $4.95 million.

The five-bedroom mansion, built in 1988, has eight full baths and two half-baths, a Y-shaped staircase leading to a master suite on one side and additional bedrooms on the other, and a racquetball court that doubles as a basketball court and hockey rink. The mansion has about 15,000 square feet of living space, including its basement.

Lori Stiff of Coldwell Banker had the listing.