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Photos: Chris Guillen
DeFilippis’s acquisition topped Chicago’s annual list of the area’s most expensive house and condo sales. According to a midsummer tally by the Chicago Association of Realtors, 2,146 homes in the six-county metropolitan region were sold for $1 million or more between July 1, 2004, and June 30, 2005; in last year’s survey, there were 1,558 million-dollar-plus sales. (Some privately conducted transactions may not be included in those counts.)
After the Lake Forest coach house, the following house sales were the area’s top residential transactions for the year ending June 30th:
- In August 2004, Ron Garriques, president of Motorola’s Mobile Devices business, paid $9.5 million for another house on Lake Forest’s lakefront-a lavish 92-year-old residence designed by Howard Van Doren Shaw.
- Roger Deromedi, the CEO of Kraft Foods, spent $8.2 million in September 2004 for a 22-room Lake Forest mansion built in 1911 that was once home to a president of the Chicago Board of Trade.
- A 79-year-old stone house on a brick-paved street in Wilmette was bought for $7.25 million last October by Cary Kochman, the co-head of Chicago investment banking for UBS; the 17-room house also has a boathouse on Lake Michigan.
- In November, John Kallergis, a co-owner of a Bannockburn company that has more than 100 Pizza Hut and Taco Bell restaurants, paid $6.4 million for a white stucco house on slightly more than two densely wooded acres in Lake Forest.
The top five sales were in Lake and Cook counties. In the metropolitan area’s other four counties, the top sales for the year were as follows:
- In DuPage County, a new 18-room house in Hinsdale sold for $4.5 million in March.
- In Will County, a 17-room Naperville house that was built in 2002 went for $2.85 million in April.
- In Kane County this past June, $2.6 million landed a 45-acre farm with a nine-room house near Sugar Grove.
- In McHenry County, a 126-acre estate near Harvard with an 8,000-square-foot house sold for $2.4 million in March.
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