Chicago Blackhawks defenseman Sheldon Brookbank and his wife have paid exactly $1 million to buy a four-bedroom, five-year-old house in Roscoe Village.
Signed in July to a two-year, $2.5 million deal, Brookbank, 32, previously skated four seasons for the Anaheim Ducks.
Built in 2007, Brookbank's nine-room house had been listed earlier this year for $1.149 million and was reduced in June to $1.099 million. Brookbank closed on the deal last month.
Features in the 4,200-square-foot, all-brick house include 3 1/2 baths, three wood-burning fireplaces, cherry floors and a custom cherry staircase, a finished lower level with a wet bar, and a kitchen with oak cabinets, granite countertops, stainless steel Thermador appliances and an island with a breakfast bar.
"It's a great house, and they got a really nice value on it," said Curt Ratcliff of @Properties. "They like the neighborhood."
Brookbank currently has more time to spend at the home, given the NHL lockout, although Ratcliff said Brookbank would rather be on the ice.
"I know he's anxious to start playing," Ratcliff said.
Radio host sells
Departing WGN-AM afternoon host John Williams has sold his five-bedroom, Tudor-style house in La Grange Park for $590,000.
Williams has been doing two Chicago-based talk shows a day for the last 2 1/2 years — one for WGN and one for Minneapolis-based WCCO-AM. Williams is leaving WGN this month to move to Minneapolis to devote all of his attention to his show on WCCO.
Williams paid $505,000 in 2001 to buy the 11-room house in La Grange Park, which was down the street from a previous house he owned. He told Elite Street that he has mixed feelings about leaving the house after 11 years, given the extensive renovations and updating that he and his wife undertook.
"It's one of those instances where you spend 10 years making something just right and then you leave it to somebody else," he said. "We improved the house both mechanically and aesthetically, and we got it just right."
Williams listed the house in October for $589,900. The house closed Nov. 29. The buyers' names do not yet appear in public records.
Williams said his new Minneapolis-area house is larger than his home in La Grange Park and was built in the 1940s.