By Bob Goldsborough, Special to the Tribune
August 1, 2013
WKSC-FM morning personality Christopher "Brotha' Fred" Frederick, who in early 2011 replaced Kevin "DreX" Buchar as the voice of the Top 40 station known as Kiss FM, late last month paid $865,000 for a two-bedroom, 53rd-floor unit in a new condominium building in downtown Chicago.
The unit had been listed for $862,000. Through officials of Clear Channel, which owns WKSC, Frederick declined to comment on the purchase. Frederick had been renting a unit in the same building.
Frederick, 32, came to Chicago after working as a morning radio and TV host in Charlotte, N.C. He also had been an afternoon host in Austin, Texas.
Frederick bought his 1,596-square-foot unit from the building's developer. Features include two baths, custom lighting and cabinets, granite countertops, surround sound, a fireplace, bamboo flooring and zebra wood doors.
Huron CEO pays $2.55M for Trump condo
James Roth, CEO and president of Chicago-based Huron Consulting Group, in June paid $2.55 million for a two-bedroom, 3,437-square-foot unit on the 37th floor of the Trump International Hotel and Tower in Chicago.
Roth, 55, has been Huron's CEO since 2009.
His purchase adds to Trump Tower's status as the new place to live for executives. United Airlines CEO Jeff Smisek recently paid $2.375 million for a unit of the same size, just three floors lower. And McDonald's CEO Don Thompson paid $3.3 million last year for two 80th-floor units in the building.
Through a spokeswoman, Roth declined to comment on the purchase.
Former ambassador to NATO buys in Roscoe Village
Ivo Daalder, who served on the National Security Council staff under President Bill Clinton and more recently was the U.S. ambassador to NATO under President Barack Obama, in mid-July paid $1.315 million for a five-bedroom home in Roscoe Village.
The Dutch-born Daalder, 53, left his NATO post and moved to Chicago to become president at The Chicago Council on Global Affairs on July 1.
Daalder praised his home's rehabber for "making an old house extremely nice, modern and contemporary."
Built in 1916, the two-story house has 31/2 baths, dual-zoned heating and cooling, radiant flooring on the lower level and a kitchen with custom cabinets, a 48-inch Wolf range top, Wolf double ovens and a Sub-Zero refrigerator. Outside are a three-car garage and a large deck.
Daalder told Elite Street that he became familiar with Chicago during the 2012 NATO Summit and that he felt that the city "did a fantastic job" welcoming NATO's leaders.
"We wanted something urban, but we're a family, so we looked all over the North Side, and we found Roscoe Village as a nice, interesting, family-friendly and vibrant part of the city," he said.
Mansion's asking price cut by $3M
"Le Grand Reve," the six-bedroom, 27,000-square-foot mansion in Winnetka that once was listed for a whopping $32 million, underwent a $3 million price cut July 25 to $18.9 million.
The French-inspired, 26-room mansion has been on and off the market for four years. It's owned by Sherwin and Deborah Jarol, who bought the property in 2003 and then spent the next several years building the chateau-style mansion.
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