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Ex-Blackhawk Aucoin cuts asking price of Hinsdale home

By Bob Goldsborough, Special to the Tribune

5:31 PM EDT, June 11, 2010

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Former Chicago Blackhawks defenseman and team captain Adrian Aucoin, who now skates for the Phoenix Coyotes, has cut the asking price of his six-bedroom house in Hinsdale, which first came on the market in February, to $1.995 million from $2.099 million.

Aucoin, 36, joined the Blackhawks in 2005 when he signed a four-year $16 million contract but was dealt to Calgary two years later after suffering a host of injuries in his two seasons with the club.

Aucoin paid $2.15 million in late 2005 to buy the house new. The three-story, 11-room house has 5 1/2 baths, three fireplaces, a family room with a stone fireplace, a first-floor office, a master suite with a sitting area and a balcony, a finished lower level with a rec room, game area and fireplace, a formal living room and dining room, a three-car garage and a chef's kitchen with an island, a breakfast area and Bosch, Viking and Sub-Zero appliances. Outside on the 0.26-acre property are landscaping and a paver patio.

Listing agent Dawn McKenna of Coldwell Banker Residential declined to comment.

Brouwer buys condo

Chicago Blackhawks right wing Troy Brouwer has paid $675,000 for a three-bedroom duplex condominium unit in Roscoe Village.

Brouwer, 24, is just the latest Hawk to move to Roscoe Village, joining defenseman Duncan Keith, who paid $1.775 million for a large single-family house on a corner lot in mid-2008, right wing Dustin Byfuglien, who paid $1.265 million in late 2008 for a nearby house, and defenseman Brent Seabrook, who built a house there in 2006.

Located in a new building with ground-level retail space, Brouwer's eight-room, 2,900-square-foot condo had been listed for $699,000 and has two large decks, a private rooftop deck, hardwood floors, custom closets, a fireplace, two attached garage spaces and a kitchen with granite counters and Viking and Bosch appliances. The unit's four baths contain body sprays, rain heads, steam and a whirlpool.

"The living room was enormous, and you had a lot of outdoor space in the three decks," said listing agent Tim Sheahan of Conlon. "It's tough to find a unit that size in Roscoe Village. And Troy and his wife were excellent to deal with; they're very good people."

Aon chief closes on condo

Aon Corp. Chairman Lester B. Knight has paid $3.2 million for a unit in a new luxury high-rise on the Gold Coast.

A former Baxter executive who founded RoundTable Healthcare Partners, Knight is one of the highest-profile buyers in the 60-story building, where units have closed for as much as $8 million. Another big-name buyer is former Chicago Mercantile Exchange CEO James McNulty, who recently paid $6.9 million to buy the entire 37th floor.

Knight declined to comment on his purchase, which closed May 7.

Update: New Orleans Saints running backs coach Bret Ingalls, who spent three years as the Northwestern University football team's running game coordinator and offensive line coach, sold his four-bedroom, brick Georgian house in Evanston on April 23 for $660,000. Ingalls had purchased the house, which was featured in Elite Street on Nov. 29, for $870,000 in 2006. He originally had listed it for $775,000 and later reduced it to $699,000.