Luxury Real Estate

Chicago-area home where Brian Wilson recorded music sold to Pampered Chef CEO for $809K

A five-bedroom French Country-style mansion in St. Charles, complete with a recording studio, that Beach Boys co-founder Brian Wilson owned from 1997 until 2001 sold Oct. 8 for $809,000.

For his entire career, Wilson has had a home in Los Angeles. However, for several years, he and his wife, Melinda, also owned the 6,527-square-foot St. Charles home, where they could work with and live near his then-producer, former Platinum Entertainment President Joe Thomas. Eventually, the Wilsons and Thomas had a falling-out, and the Wilsons decided to return to California for good.


Now the family that purchased the house from the Wilsons has sold it. Built in 1996 and expanded by the Wilsons, the house has eight bathrooms, nine fireplaces, a two-story entry, a formal library with a fireplace, a coffered ceiling, custom cherry wood cabinets, a sunroom and a first-floor primary bedroom suite with a secret room. The house recently had three new furnaces installed, as well as a new air conditioning unit and a new hot water heater.

Outside on the 2.25-acre property are a swimming pool and a recently rebuilt sprinkler system. The property borders a small private pond.


“The downstairs is fabulous. It had a recording studio, a pool room, a bar area, a kitchen area and a workout area, and the pool itself outside was gigantic,” listing agent Susan Maday of Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices Starck Real Estate told Elite Street. “It was very nicely done.”

The house first was listed in 2006 and came back on the market in 2010 for $1.49 million. The owners took it off the market in 2012 and relisted it in July for just under $1 million. They cut their asking price to just under $950,000 later in July, and then reduced their asking price one last time, to $849,000, in August.

“I think the buyers got a very good buy on it,” Maday said.

Public records show that the buyers are Pampered Chef CEO Andrew Treanor and his wife, Betty. Darin Reed of Redfin represented the couple. Reed declined to comment on their purchase.

The mansion had a $29,494 property tax bill in the 2019 tax year, although taxes will be reduced for 2020 to $27,806. The recorded sale price actually was $751,500. The difference between the $809,000 sale price, which was reported by the agents involved in the deal, and a lower sale price amount that is recorded with a local county recorder usually is explained by the inclusion of personal property, such as furniture, in the larger sale price amount.

Wilson and his wife, Melinda, paid $3.5 million in 1999 for their current home, which is a six-bedroom, 9,353-square-foot mansion in Beverly Hills, California’s gated Mulholland Estates subdivision.

Goldsborough is a freelance writer.

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