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Former Bear Tait lists Mettawa house for $1.5M

Former Bears offensive tackle John Tait, left, in 2006. (Tribune file)

ELITE STREET | By Bob Goldsborough | Former Chicago Bears offensive tackle John Tait has listed his 15-room stucco French Manor-style mansion in Mettawa for $1.499 million. Tait, 36, played with the Bears from 2004 until 2008. He retired in February 2009.

Tait paid $1.645 million in 2004 for the four-bedroom, 5,465-square-foot home in Mettawa. Built in 2003, the house has four full baths, two half baths, three fireplaces, 10-foot ceilings, quarter-sawn hardwood floors, millwork and a finished lower level with a second kitchen. The house sits on a 1.62-acre parcel adjoining a conservancy. Get the full story »

Former Blackhawk Byfuglien sells Roscoe home

Elite Street | By Bob Goldsborough | Former Chicago Blackhawks right winger and defenseman Dustin Byfuglien on Monday sold his five-bedroom, 4,200-square-foot stucco and stone house in Chicago’s Roscoe Village for $1.08 million. Get the full story »

Citadel’s Ken Griffin buys $17M home in Hawaii

Ken Griffin, the chief executive of Citadel in Chicago, has bought an oceanfront home at the Four Seasons’ Hualalai resort in Hawaii for just under $17 million. Get the full story »

Ryan Dempster cuts price on home near Wrigley

Cubs starting pitcher Ryan Dempster on the mound in August. (Nuccio DiNuzzo/Tribune)

ELITE STREET | By Bob Goldsborough | Chicago Cubs pitcher Ryan Dempster has reduced the asking price of one of his homes near Wrigley Field from $2.25 million to $1.95 million.

In December 2009, Elite Street broke the news of Dempster’s $2.25 million listing of the 13-room Lakeview mansion, which he purchased in early 2006 from its builder for $1.715 million. Dempster placed the five-bedroom home on the market because he traded up to another, newly-built house a few blocks away that he had purchased in late 2008 for $2.69 million. Get the full story »

Actor Jeff Garlin buys Gold Coast condo

Actor Jeff Garlin. (Tribune)

ELITE STREET | By Bob Goldsborough | Actor and comedian Jeff Garlin and his wife have paid close to $600,000 to buy a vintage six-room condominium unit on the Gold Coast, less than a block from Lake Michigan.

A Chicago native and a Second City alum, Garlin, 48, is best known for his longtime role as Larry David’s manager Jeff Greene on HBO’s popular “Curb Your Enthusiasm.” Garlin also has appeared in more than two dozen films, including a major role in “The Bounty Hunter” and a significant voice role in “WALL-E.” Get the full story »

Nate Berkus lists Gold Coast condo for $2.65M

Nate Berkus shows off his Chicago condo in a video on (People)

ELITE STREET | By Bob Goldsborough | Chicago interior designer Nate Berkus, who rose to national fame through his frequent appearances on the “Oprah Winfrey Show” and who now hosts his own eponymous and Winfrey-backed, New York-based talk show, on Tuesday placed his seven-room, full-floor Gold Coast condo on the market for $2.65 million.

Berkus, 39, has owned the 3,980-square-foot condo unit since 2003, when he bought it for $500,000. The condo is located in a small, 12-unit building that was constructed in 1928 and that “feels like a co-op building, with some of the vintage features,” said Berkus’ listing agent, Katherine Chez of Coldwell Banker. Get the full story »

Blackhawks’ Bickell buys Hamlin Park town home

ELITE STREET | By Bob Goldsborough | Chicago Blackhawks left wing Bryan Bickell has paid $510,000 for a newly built, seven-room town home in Hamlin Park.

Bickell, 24, becomes the fifth current Blackhawk to own a home in a one-square-mile North Side area that encompasses parts of the Hamlin Park, West Lakeview and Roscoe Village neighborhoods, joining teammates Brent Seabrook, Troy Brouwer, Duncan Keith and Dave Bolland. Get the full story »

R. Kelly’s former Lakeview mansion gets price cut

ELITE STREET | By Bob Goldsborough | The 11-room Lakeview mansion that Grammy-winning R&B singer R. Kelly once owned underwent a significant price cut on Monday, from $3.89
million to $3.5 million. Get the full story »

Ch. 5 anchor closes sale on West Loop condo

ELITE STREET | By Bob Goldsborough | WMAQ-Ch. 5 news anchor Marion Brooks on Monday closed on the sale of her seven-room West Loop condo for $450,000.

The recently divorced Brooks, 44, told Elite Street in Septemeber that she had listed the 30th-floor condo because of a desire to live closer to her NBC Tower office in Streeterville. At that time, the three-bedroom condo in the SkyBridge high-rise was available for $429,000. Get the full story »

Condo of ex-Blackhawk Ruutu back on market

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. Get the full story »

Blackhawk Hjalmarsson buys $1.32M River West home

ELITE STREET | By Bob Goldsborough | Chicago Blackhawks defenseman Niklas Hjalmarsson has paid $1.32 million for a four-bedroom, 4,000-square-foot town house fronting the Chicago River in a gated development in River West. Get the full story »

Braun lists Hyde Park town home for $1.9M

ELITE STREET | By Bob Goldsborough | Chicago mayoral candidate and former U.S. Sen. Carol Moseley Braun has her five-bedroom, Prairie-style town home in Hyde Park on the market for $1.9 million.

The first African-American female to serve in the U.S. Senate, Braun, 63, announced on Saturday that she is running for mayor. Get the full story »

Ex-Ch. 32 anchor cuts price on Naperville home

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. Get the full story »

William Blair chairman sells Winnetka mansion

ELITE STREET | By Bob Goldsborough | William Blair & Co. Chairman Edgar D. “Ned” Jannotta on Friday sold his 11-room, lakefront mansion in Winnetka for $6.5 million after once asking $10.75 million for it.

Jannotta, 79, has been with the closely held investment bank for more than 50 years. He became chairman in 2001 after previously serving in a variety of positions, including as managing partner. Get the full story »

Chicago’s most expensive home gets $5M price cut

Le Grand Reve mansion in Winnetka. (Tribune File/Chis Walker)

ELITE STREET | By Bob Goldsborough | A 26-room, 27,000-square-foot mansion in Winnetka whose owners once tried to sell it for $32 million saw its asking price cut by $5 million on Thursday, to $23 million.

Known as Le Grand Reve, the six-bedroom, chateau-style mansion, which commercial real estate executive Sherwin Jarol and his wife own, sits on 2.04 acres. Get the full story »