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A three-bedroom, 2,600-square-foot duplex penthouse that Richard Roeper owned from 2005 until 2014 sold Jan. 7 for $1.21 million.
A three-bedroom, 2,600-square-foot duplex penthouse that Richard Roeper owned from 2005 until 2014 sold Jan. 7 for $1.21 million. (VHT Studios)

Chicago Sun-Times film critic Richard Roeper made an excellent call in 2014 — and it had nothing to do with the movies.

A three-bedroom, 2,600-square-foot duplex penthouse in River North that Roeper owned from 2005 until 2014 sold Jan. 7 for $1.21 million — some 13% below the $1.395 million amount that Roeper reaped for the condo when he sold it in 2014.

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The top-floor unit has two full baths, two half baths, floor-to-ceiling windows, and electric shades in the living room and dining room.

Its features include four terraces, a roof deck, a two-story living room, a kitchen with stainless steel appliances and a built-in Miele coffee center, a master suite with a terrace and a walk-in closet with built-in shelving, and a second bedroom with a terrace.

The sellers listed the condo in April for $1.5 million, and then reduced the price to $1.35 million in August and then to $1.3 million in October.

Listing agent Susan Sondag called the unit “a unique property.”

A River North penthouse once owned by Richard Roeper features four terraces and a rooftop deck.
A River North penthouse once owned by Richard Roeper features four terraces and a rooftop deck. (VHT Studios)

“It’s a corner unit with gobs of light,” she said. “It’s really special and really beautiful, with light from all corners. It’s a really cool space. You’d never know what’s up there when you walk by.”

The sellers were family members of Charles Maniscalco, who bought the unit from Roeper in 2014. Maniscalco, who was the retired CEO of PepsiCo’s Quaker-Tropicana-Gatorade division, died of lung cancer in early 2019. Public records do not yet identify the buyer.

Roeper, who also appears on WLS-Ch. 7’s “Windy City Live” and on WGN-AM’s “Roe Conn Show,” currently rents a condo in the Loop.

Bob Goldsborough is a freelance writer.

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