Hawks player buys condo downtown

Chicago Blackhawks right winger Marian Hossa has paid $2.35 million for a three-bedroom, 3,940-square-foot condo unit in a Streeterville high-rise.

Last summer, the NHL veteran Hossa, 31, joined the Blackhawks when he signed a 12-year $62.8 million contract.

Features in Hossa's new condo include 3 1/2 baths, home theater and views of the skyline, Lake Michigan and a nearby park. The unit also has cherry hardwood floors in the living, dining and family rooms, walk-in closets in all bedrooms, Swarovski light fixtures, a gourmet kitchen with Miele appliances and an open breakfast area, and a master bath with a steam shower, custom vanities and heated onyx floors.

Listed briefly in 2008 for $3.19 million and then for $2.95 million, the condo returned to the market last August for $2.95 million and was reduced to $2.85 million in January. The seller, who had purchased the unit from the building's developer, gave it $240,000 in upgrades.

Arica Hilton of Sudler Sotheby's, who represented Hossa, said he was traveling overseas and unavailable for comment. Chezi Rafaeli of Coldwell Banker was the listing agent.

Victorian by Jarvis Hunt

A four-bedroom, Victorian single-family house in Roscoe Village that is one of just two single-family houses in Chicago's city limits designed by architect Jarvis Hunt (1863-1941) has been listed for $699,000.

Built around 1900, the nine-room house has 4 1/2 baths, a rehabbed master suite with a skylight, a dining room with cathedral ceilings and two-story windows, a large kitchen with an island and a Viking oven, and a two-tiered deck.

The house came on the market June 22. The current owner previously had listed the house for $799,900 for several months in 2006 before taking it off the market.

Jim Kramer of Koenig & Strey is the listing agent.

3-acre lake included

An 11-room house in an unincorporated Wheaton subdivision whose 4.2-acre parcel includes a 3-acre lake is available for $1.5 million.

Built in 1968, the 3,066-square-foot house sits on one of the largest residential tracts with a Wheaton address. The value of the property is in the land, and not the house, given the uniqueness of being able to own a 3-acre lake in the Wheaton area, noted listing agent Pete Economos of Keller Williams Infinity.

"Someone can custom-build a home along the water and have something that almost nobody else in the Chicagoland area can have," Economos said.

Known locally as Sheehan's Pond and set in the Arrowhead subdivision along the Illinois Prairie Path, the lake is spring-fed and not replenished by stormwater runoff. The current owner's parents built the home, Economos said. His parents sold the property in 1976 to the Sheehan family, and the Sheehans sold it to the current owner in 2003.

The current owner improved the lake, restocked it to EPA guidelines and added an aeration system, a sandy beach and dock.

"He spent a lot of money on it, and now, the lake is 13-14 feet deep in the center, and you can go out in a boat to the middle of the lake and the lake is so clean that you can see all the way to the bottom," Economos said.

In addition, the lake's geothermal energy powers the home's heating and cooling systems.

The property came on the market several months ago for $1.6 million and was reduced to its current asking price in April.

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