FoxChicago Anchor Robin Robinson Sells Her Bucktown House

The sale on the five-bedroom home closed Monday at $1.175 million.

Robin Robinson's recently sold home

Photo: Courtesy of Redfin
 

Robin Robinson, who’s been an anchor at FoxChicago for 26 years, on Monday sold her Bucktown home six months after putting it on the market.

Robinson listed the five-bedroom house for sale in mid-March, asking $1.299 million. In June, she lowered the price to $1.23 million, and in July, the home went under contract. The sale closed Monday at $1.175 million, or about ten percent less than she had originally wanted for it.

The house was built on an extra-wide lot (36 feet; the city norm is 25 feet) in 1987. Robinson moved in ten years later, but it’s not clear what she paid for it. Last spring, the Chicago Tribune reported that she had paid $520,000 for the house in 1997. But the Cook County Recorder of Deeds documents, which in this case don’t show a purchase price, show that her mortgage amount at that time was $521,100—more than the Trib reported as her full purchase price.

Robinson has not yet responded to my requests for comment; if she replies, she may clear up the purchase price question.

When she put the house on the market, she said she was selling because with the younger of her two children now 15 years old, she was looking into downsizing.

The house, just a few blocks from the North/Damen/Milwaukee epicenter of all that is hip, has decks off the kitchen and off the second-floor master bedroom. As the listing photos show, it has a largely open main floor, many stone and tile finishes, and a large kitchen with wood cabinets and a stainless steel backsplash. There are three upstairs bedrooms and two more in the basement, and three full baths plus one partial.

Jill Hare of Jameson Sotheby’s International Realty was the listing agent. The buyers are not yet identified in public records.
 

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7 months ago
Posted by Leslie Hillema

There's no purchase price question to clear up -- she paid $520K for it. Cook County records show that. Document number #97128412.

7 months ago
Posted by Dennis Rodkin

Interesting. Thanks, Leslie. As you saw, that document comes up separate from the main documents on the property. I hadn't found that document, and I regret that. Yep, looks like she paid $520,000.

7 months ago
Posted by Dennis Rodkin

“I’m a vagabond now,” Robinson told me on the phone this afternoon. “I’m in temporary housing for [at least] the next month while I decide. I’m going to take a little break from looking. There are so many places in Chicago I’d like to live: the South Loop, the West Loop, Hyde Park. Right now I think it will be Hyde Park.”

Robinson says she had planned to rent a house or tonwhouse, but found out while hunting that “supply is low and demand is high.” A bidding war broke out over one rental, and she backed away. “I didn't want it as much as they did,” she says. Seeing the demand for rental housing makes her “wish I had bought ten two-bedroom condos over the years. I could retire on the rents from [those].”

Of the Bucktown sale, she said: “I think the price was fair. I got it sold. In this unpredictable market, that’s something to celebrate.”

7 months ago
Posted by AK

I hope Robin does decide on Hyde Park. With the recently opened new theater, Harper Court, Core Power Yoga...and soon to be opened Pork Chop, Yusho, Chipotle, LA Fitness and Hyatt Hotel I think she will love it.

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