By Bob Goldsborough, Special to the Tribune
10:34 PM CDT, October 2, 2013
WLS-Ch. 7 principal meteorologist Jerry Taft has sold his five-bedroom, 4,000-square-foot house in a Lemont gated community for $627,000.
The veteran weather forecaster, who has been with Channel 7 since 1984, has been living in a house "just a couple hundred yards away" that he and his wife bought in 2005 for $1.6 million.
They decided to hang on to the smaller house, which they bought for $375,000 in 1994, and renovate it.
"We put new countertops in, new hardwood floors, a new roof and a new deck, because the house was 20 years old," Taft told Elite Street. "And since the market was bad, there was no point in trying to sell it, so we took our time."
Idex CEO trades up
Andrew Silvernail, CEO of Lake Forest-based industrial firm Idex Corp., paid $4.5 million for a 13,700-square-foot mansion on 2 acres in Lake Forest and sold his now-former house there for $1.88 million.
The same parties were involved in both deals. Silvernail bought his new, six-bedroom mansion from a Lake Forest executive while at the same time selling his 7,317-square-foot house elsewhere in Lake Forest to that same executive.
Silvernail's new mansion has 91/2 baths, a loggia, a step-down family room, two master suites, a hearth room, an elevator, a home theater, a wine cellar, a billiard room, a gym, a pool and a sport court. The seller had paid $5.3 million for the mansion in 2006 and first listed it last year for $6 million. In April, the price was cut to $4.95 million, and it sold several months later.
Meanwhile, Silvernail had paid $1.7 million in 2009 for his now-former home, which was built in 1990 and sits on a 1.38-acre lot. That house has 61/2 baths and was briefly listed in May for $2.19 million before Silvernail took it off the market.
Through his listing agent, Jeannie Emmert of Coldwell Banker, Silvernail declined to comment. Susie Banas of Baird & Warner represented the Lake Forest executive.
SPX chief sells condo for $2.42M
Christopher J. Kearney, chairman and CEO of North Carolina-based SPX Corp., recently sold his three-bedroom, 2,371-square-foot downtown condo for $2.42 million.
A graduate of DePaul University's law school and the CEO of SPX since 2007, Kearney long had had a pied-a-terre in Chicago. The 55th-floor unit has 31/2 baths, south, east and north views through floor-to-ceiling windows, motorized window shades, a fireplace, custom cabinetry, a home theater system, custom closets, quartz countertops, bamboo floors, Snaidero cabinets, and fixtures made by Grohe, Dornbracht and Toto.
Kearney and his wife, Susan, purchased the unit in 2008 for $1.9 million. They listed the condo in May.
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