Condo of ex-Blackhawk Ruutu back on market

Posted Dec. 28, 2010 at 8:56 a.m.

By Bob Goldsborough | Elite Street | Former Chicago Blackhawks forward Tuomo Ruutu, now with the Carolina Hurricanes, has just placed his two-bedroom condominium unit in Lincoln Park back on the market for $499,000.

The Finland-born Ruutu, 27, played with the Blackhawks from 2003 until 2008, when he was traded to Carolina for Andrew Ladd.

The re-listing of the unit, which took place Dec. 17, marks a new low asking price for Ruutu, who first placed the unit on the market in April 2009 for $579,900. He cut its asking price to $559,900 in March, to $539,000 in April, to $525,000 in August, to $515,000 in September, and to $505,000 in October before taking it off the market in November.

Now, the 1,600-square-foot condo, which Ruutu purchased new in 2006 for $612,000, is available again. Features in the unit include two baths, hardwood floors, crown moldings in the living areas and the master bedroom, and a master spa bath with body sprays, steam, his and hers vanities and a whirlpool tub. The kitchen has Wolf and Bosch appliances and a Sub-Zero refrigerator.

Rachael Hamilton Mann of Conlon is Ruutu’s listing agent.


The Oak Brook ranch home and 4.95-acre property of the late union official and reputed mobster Dominic Senese, who was critically wounded by a 1988 shotgun blast outside the home, has been reduced by $500,000, to $3.7 million.

Senese, who had been the president of Teamsters Local 703, died of natural causes in 1992 at age 75, more than four years after unknown assailants ambushed him as he left his car to open a security gate for his subdivision. The blast knocked him into his car, but he was able to drive about a block to the house and stagger inside, where his wife, Sadie, called police.

Sadie Senese had tried to sell the house and its subdividable acreage for $4.5 million in 1998. She died at age 92 in April 2006, and one month later, her estate listed the property for $4.995 million. In August 2007, the Senese estate reduced the asking price to $4.2 million.

In November, the property, south of the Midwest Club and just northeast of the intersection of Meyers Road and 35th Street, was reduced again, to $3.7 million.

“The value is in the land,” said Nikki Ricci of Coldwell Banker, who is listing the home along with Gianna Burdi. “It can be subdivided into eight or nine half-acre lots. So we’re looking for either a developer or for a private party who wants to build an estate there. It’s a gorgeous piece of nice, square-shaped property. And there’s not much land left in Oak Brook.”

Built in 1958, the three-bedroom, 5,152-square-foot ranch house has 4 1/2 baths.



  1. rocco Dec. 28, 2010 at 10:38 a.m.

    gangster gangster got what he deserved – maybe that’s why the family can’t unload the property – should’ve lived a more moral life.

  2. bianca Jan. 3 at 7:47 pm

    Moral life? Don’t believe all u read little guy!