Ex-Ch. 32 anchor cuts price on Naperville home

Posted Nov. 23, 2010 at 12:43 p.m.

ELITE STREET | By Bob Goldsborough | Former WFLD-Ch. 32 news anchor David Novarro has cut his asking price for his 15-room, 4,224-square-foot house in Naperville to $699,999, weeks after listing it for $710,000.

In an interview, Novarro, who left “FOX-32″ in July after his contract was not renewed, said he is headed to New York City to work as a news anchor for a network-owned station that for contractual reasons he is not yet allowed to identify.

However, he disputed reports from over the summer that said he would soon be joining New York’s FOX affiliate, WNYW-TV.

“I am very sad to leave Chicago,” Novarro said. “This has been a great home for me and my family and we have many friends that we are leaving behind. It was difficult to leave. However, this is a great opportunity for me, and it’s one that I couldn’t pass up.”

Built in 1996, Novarro’s five-bedroom brick and cedar house in the River Run subdivision has five full baths, a first-floor den with a closet, wrought iron spindles, a kitchen with granite and stainless steel appliances, a den, a family room measuring 28 feet by 17 feet, two staircases, a fireplace, and a professionally landscaped yard with a deck, a stone patio and a sprinkler system.

Novarro said that with two pools, tennis courts and volleyball courts in his neighborhood, he likes to joke that he has “resort-style living.” And more broadly, he praised Naperville as having been a great place to live for the last decade.

“I love Naperville – it’s always listed as one of the best places to live in the country, and the school and park districts are amazing,” he said. “I’m getting a sticker shock reality as I look at homes and compare what you can get here with what you can get in the New York area.”

Collette Weikum of RE/MAX Professionals is Novarro’s listing agent.

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  1. Garfield the Cat Nov. 23, 2010 at 1:25 pm

    And this affects me how?

  2. Justin Nov. 23, 2010 at 2:35 pm

    Oooo, he lowered the price 11K!! I wouldn’t live out there for 99K…how ’bout that diversity. Oh wait.

  3. Mikey Bottoms Nov. 23, 2010 at 2:38 pm

    Naperville is about as diverse as the south side of Chicago. How ’bout that diversity.

  4. jack (me) Nov. 23, 2010 at 3:16 pm

    As Justin pointed out, is it really news that the asking price went down a dollar under $10K (your math is a bit off, Justin)? Should we be shaking in our boots? Now, if the market value 4 years ago was $1 million, and he can only get $400K now, that might be news.

    The Tribune is really stretching to fill its newshole.

  5. Tom Nov. 23, 2010 at 3:32 pm

    There’s diversity, racial, but not financial.

  6. George Nov. 23, 2010 at 4:02 pm

    Isn’t he the second/third/fourth Chicago anchor (current/former) who can’t sell their property?

  7. Bridget Nov. 23, 2010 at 4:13 pm

    Jack, your math is a bit off as well, no? It went down a dollar OVER $10K. I think the story was just a chance to point out again that Dave is leaving to go to NYC. His house price is not news.

  8. Phil Nov. 23, 2010 at 5:24 pm

    The Tribune needs to cut the fat and fire Bob Goldsborough. He contributes nothing but celebrity gossip to the once-great newspaper. I don’t care what homes news anchors are buying and selling.

  9. Dave Nov. 23, 2010 at 5:30 pm

    If train A leaves the station at 4P.M.,traveling at 50 MPH, and train B leaves the same station at 5P.M., traveling at 60 MPH….God, I hate math problems. The real question with this story is how many people care about this guy leaving and how many care what his asking price is for his house? I don’t on both questions.

  10. md Nov. 23, 2010 at 5:46 pm

    Who the hell is David Novarro?

  11. joe1 Nov. 23, 2010 at 6:02 pm

    why does someone at the trib think this is news? How much pay off money did you get to print this? And now the news print can figure out why its a dying business. Too much crap for IQs in single digits like this poster child of a “story”

  12. Cheri Nov. 23, 2010 at 8:09 pm

    Who the hell INTERVIEWS David Novarro?

  13. Frank Nov. 23, 2010 at 9:08 pm

    He’s the dude from the Red Hot Chili Peppers, right?

  14. ejhickey Nov. 23, 2010 at 9:51 pm

    “David Novarro has cut his asking price for his 15-room, 4,224-square-foot house in Naperville to $699,999″

    He is still dreaming.

  15. Ray C Fuclan Nov. 23, 2010 at 10:12 pm


  16. Carlo Nov. 24, 2010 at 9:58 a.m.

    A price reduction of 1.4%? WOW! Incredible! Get it while its HOT! What is this story doing on the front page of today’s Business section? Looks more like an advertisement from one of Mr Novarro’s friends at the Tribune. Then again, I could be wrong.

  17. Mary Higgins Nov. 24, 2010 at 3:10 pm

    I will miss Novarro. He was one of my favorite anchors.