Former Chicago Bulls star Toni Kukoc has sold his Highland Park, IL, home for a bearish price. The upgraded contemporary dwelling finally closed for $920,000, according to Crains Chicago Business. The NBA star purchased the 1990s era home in 1993 for $1.19 million, realtor.com® records show.
Last year, Kukoc and his wife, Renata, placed the high-end mansion on the market for $1.15 million, essentially the price the couple had originally paid decades ago. But the ultramodern home had failed to find a buyer, and had gone off market.
In June, the home returned to market for the lowered price of $1 million. That eventually caught the attention of a buyer, who purchased it earlier this month for the slightly lowered amount. What a score!
The original model in the Hybernia neighborhood comes with “many upgrades.” With 5,035 square feet of living space, the layout has an open foyer, family room, and a living room with two-story ceilings and floor-to-ceiling windows looking out to the pond and serene grounds.
A private den or office can be found on the main floor, along with a bedroom and bathroom. Upstairs, another four generously sized en suite bedrooms fill the second floor, along with a large master suite with three walk-in closets, two vanities, and two water closets.
A finished basement features a custom wet bar and exercise room, as well as an area set up as a game room, along with a bedroom and full bathroom. In the listing photos, NBA memorabilia hangs on some walls.
In addition, a large mud and laundry room is located off the heated three-car garage.
Outside, the quarter-acre lot features a patio with a fire pit, hot tub, outdoor grill, and seating. A lawn backs onto a pond.
“This is a lot of house,” the listing notes helpfully.
The former teammate of Michael Jordan has fared better than “His Airness” on the sales front. Jordan’s Highland Park home has been on and off the market for years, with no movement. The massive, 56,000-square-foot home, on over 7 acres, is still available for $14.85 million.
Kukoc, 52, starred in Europe before landing in the NBA with the Bulls in 1993. He became an integral part of the team’s second NBA title three-peat from 1996 to 1998, a role that was described in “The Last Dance.” The three-time NBA champion is now serving as a special adviser to the owner of the Bulls, Jerry Reinsdorf.
Ted Pickus with @properties Highland Park represented the seller. Aviva Ginzburg with Baird & Warner Gold Coast represented the buyer.