Ramirez condo up for sale
Former Chicago Cubs third baseman Aramis Ramirez id="PESPT006037">Aramis Ramirez has listed his three-bedroom condominium unit in a high-rise on Lake Shore Drive for $799,000. Ramirez, signed as a free agent with the Milwaukee Brewers, purchased his six-room, 2,300-square-foot Gold Coast condominium for $937,500 in 2005. Read more (Mike McGinnis, Getty Images / August 31, 2012)
After more than eight years with the Cubs, Ramirez, 34, signed as a free agent with the Milwaukee Brewers in December.
Located in a Gold Coast building constructed in 1965, the six-room, 2,300-square-foot condo has three baths, lake views, built-in window seating in the living room and an adjoining wet bar.
"It's a wonderful space, with stunning views all along the lakefront," said listing agent Renee Yuditsky of Rubloff.
"And it's a terrific, terrific building."
Ramirez purchased the unit for $937,500 in 2005.
Schulte unloads condo
On Aug. 22, WLS-Ch. 7 reporter Sarah Schulte sold her three-bedroom condominium unit in Lincoln Park for $653,000.
Schulte, 48, had her top-floor duplex unit on and off the market for more than two years. She and her husband paid $625,000 for the nine-room duplex in 2002. Since that time, she renovated the unit, so she likely lost money on it.
Located in a building constructed in 1895, the nine-room duplex has 21/2 baths, two fireplaces, high ceilings and vintage moldings.
In 2010, Schulte and her husband paid $899,000 for the condo unit in Old Town.
Saxenmeyer's condo sells
Former WFLD-Ch. 32 special projects reporter Mark Saxenmeyer has lightened his Chicago real estate portfolio, selling his two-bedroom condominium unit in Lincoln Park on Aug. 24 for $279,000.
Now with KSTP-TV in St. Paul, Minn., Saxenmeyer, 46, listed his vintage six-room unit in the fall for $339,000 and later reduced his asking price to $299,000.
The three-level, 1,200-square-foot unit is in an 1883 "flatiron"-style building, with a 12-foot tin ceiling in the living space that Saxenmeyer installed.
Features include a lofted den and three large picture windows that overlook a park.
Saxenmeyer paid $359,000 for the unit in 2005.
Hindman buys Gold Coast mansion
Now it is known.
The buyer this month of a 10-room, 5,162-square-foot mansion on Lake Shore Drive, which is one of seven remaining mansions on Lake Shore Drive in the Gold Coast, was Leslie Hindman, the owner of the eponymous and successful Chicago auction house.
Hindman paid $3 million for the Venetian Gothic-style mansion, which was designed in the 1890s by the Holabird & Roche architectural firm. The mansion reportedly was modeled after a residence in Venice, Italy, known as Desdemona's House, referring to a character in William Shakespeare's "Othello."
In an interview Wednesday with Elite Street, Hindman, 57, said she recently visited the property's sister mansion in Venice. She also said she is planning to restore her new home to its former glory.
"We're doing a lot of work, and I think it'll be wonderful," she said. "It's a beautiful house. I'm really excited about it."