By Bob Goldsborough, Special to the Tribune
August 20, 2010
Chicago Bears cornerback Charles Tillman has listed his five-bedroom house in far north suburban Green Oaks for $1.399 million.
With the Bears since 2003, Tillman, 29, paid $1.2495 million in 2007 for the 4,722-square- foot house.
Built in 2006, Tillman's house has 5 1/2 baths, 10-foot ceilings on the first floor, a two-story cathedral ceiling in the family room, a master suite with a fireplace and screened porch, a gourmet kitchen with an island and a large pantry, and a finished lower level with a fireplace, rec room, home theater and exercise room.
Listing agent Dan DeLozier of Prudential Rubloff declined to comment. Tillman previously had owned a house in Lake Bluff's Sanctuary area that he purchased in 2004 for $435,000 and sold in 2007 for $505,000.
Big Lincoln Park sale
A Chicago-based managing director and chief investment officer at merchant bank Ocean Tomo has sold his 18-room contemporary French moderne-style mansion in Lincoln Park for $8.5 million, making it one of the highest-priced home sales in the North Side neighborhood.
Michael D. Friedman, 50, and his wife sold the six-bedroom, 11,000-square-foot house Aug. 10 for the full asking price. Listing agent Janet Owen, of Sudler Sotheby's, declined to identify the buyers. Public records reveal Friedman and his wife built the home on land they purchased through a trust in 2001 for $1.995 million.
Built in 2004, the mansion has five full baths, two half baths, a home theater, a billiard room, a greenhouse and an outdoor sport court.
Villa Taj returns
A 30,000-square-foot Middle Eastern-influenced mansion in Burr Ridge that once was listed for $25 million came back on the market Aug. 13 for $13 million.
The newly built, six-bedroom Villa Taj mansion was put up for auction in November but then pulled from the auction block at the last minute. Since then it had not been listed in the multiple listing service. However, in May, auction representatives said that the 15-room mansion's owner, dentist Husam Aldairi, unofficially was asking $15 million to $17 million for it.
Features in Villa Taj include eight full baths, four half-baths, nine fireplaces, a gourmet kitchen, an elevator, two living rooms, a library, a grand ballroom with 38-foot ceilings, a wine cellar, a cigar room, a 20-car garage, a 2,500-square-foot master bedroom and 15,000 square feet of covered terrace.
Listing agent Ken Goldberg, of Federal Auctions and Brokerage, said two recent sale contracts fell through. Now, Aldairi is willing to sell the mansion for less than its estimated $15 million replacement cost, Goldberg said.
His company has advertised the mansion in newspapers in Russia, India and Dubai.
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