By Bob Goldsborough, Special to the Tribune
August 29, 2013
Retired Chicago Bears offensive tackle James "Big Cat" Williams has listed his 9,170-square-foot house in Lake Forest for $1.75 million.
Williams, 45, played his entire 12-year professional football career with the Bears, starting 134 consecutive games and being chosen to the Pro Bowl following the 2001 season. Since retiring in 2003, Williams has been a motivational speaker and mentor.
Williams is looking to downsize but remain in the Chicago area, said his listing agent, Lisa Nowogurski of Prudential Starck.
Built in 1993, Williams' house has seven en-suite bedrooms, two fireplaces, high ceilings, skylights, limestone and oak floors, maple cabinets, a kitchen with granite countertops and a first-floor master suite featuring a spa bath with heated floors. The more-than-3,000-square-foot basement has 10-foot ceilings, an exercise room, a weight room, a rec room and a home theater.
"This house is unique in that there are seven bedrooms, and every single bedroom has its own bathroom," Nowogurski said. "That's something you don't see every day. It also has nice, soaring ceilings. It's just a wonderful home."
The house sits on a nearly 1-acre lot.
Williams purchased the house in 2000 for $1.38 million. He listed it in May for $1.899 million and cut his asking price to $1.75 million on Aug. 17.
Nicholas Pritzker sells Lincoln Park condo
Nicholas Pritzker, the chief executive and chairman of the Hyatt Development Corp., has sold a 5,175-square-foot condo unit in Lincoln Park for $4.5 million, less than six months after buying it for $4.16 million.
Pritzker, who divides his time between Chicago and California, sold the four-bedroom condo Aug. 8 to former Altria Chairman and CEO Michael Szymanczyk.
Pritzker had listed the nine-room unit, which has 4 1/2 baths and three terraces, for $4.995 million.
Both Tom Gorman of Baird & Warner, who represented Pritzker, and Antje Kuiper of Koenig & Strey, who represented Szymanczyk, declined to comment on the deal.
Lovie Smith sells Wilmette house
Former Bears head coach Lovie Smith on Aug. 1 sold a three-bedroom house in Wilmette, which he had co-owned with several family members, for $630,000.
In 2010, Smith, his wife, son and daughter-in-law paid $455,000 for the house, which his son and daughter-in-law then occupied. Built in 1953, the six-room home has 1 1/2 baths, bay windows, a wood-burning fireplace, a heated sun porch and an eat-in kitchen. The Smiths completely redid the home, updating pipes, mechanicals, windows, doors, hardware, bathrooms and the kitchen.
The house first was listed in late June for $699,000.
Smith, whom the Bears fired in December, continues to own and inhabit his 4,851-square-foot house in Lake Forest, which he bought in 2004 for $1.625 million.
Listing agent John Phillips of Jameson Sotheby's declined to comment on the deal.
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