Northwestern coach closes on new home in Winnetka

New Northwestern University head basketball coach Chris Collins, right, shakes hands with Jim Phillips, vice president for athletics and recreation. Collins paid $2.55 million for a newly built seven-bedroom house in Winnetka. Full story (Chris Walker/Chicago Tribune photo / March 31, 2013)

New Northwestern University head basketball coach Chris Collins paid $2.55 million for a newly built seven-bedroom house in Winnetka.

A Northbrook native and son of former Chicago Bulls head coach Doug Collins, Chris Collins starred at Duke University and later was an assistant at Seton Hall and Duke universities before joining Northwestern in March.

The three-story house had been listed for $2.78 million. Features include 5 1/2 baths, coffered ceilings, millwork, a bar with a wine cellar, and a lower level with a rec room, media room, bar and wine cellar.

Collins, 39, closed on the deal Aug. 8, but it didn't go into public records until Aug. 27.

Paul Gorney of Prudential Rubloff represented Collins; Halina Krupa of Coldwell Banker represented the builder.

Veteran WFLD-Ch. 32 news anchor Robin Robinson on Monday sold her five-bedroom house in Bucktown for $1.18 million.

Robinson, 56, had listed the 10-room house in March for $1.3 million and cut her asking price in June to $1.23 million. She paid $520,000 for the house in 1997.

On Tuesday, Robinson told Elite Street that with her youngest child in high school, she has wanted to downsize. She said she is living somewhere else temporarily and is evaluating where to live next.

Robinson said she is considering other neighborhoods, including Hyde Park and the West Loop.

Built in 1988, the house sits on a 36-foot-wide lot and has a fanciful architectural design. Features include 3 1/2 baths, a kitchen with professional-grade appliances, a master suite with lots of closet space, a lower level with heated floors and a wet bar, a two-car garage with a semiprivate gated alley and a bilevel deck and yard.

Public records do not yet show the identity of the buyers.

WLS-AM afternoon co-host Roe Conn on Monday listed his five-bedroom, Lincoln Park mansion for $2.88 million.

Conn, 49, co-hosts the 2 p.m. to 6 p.m. weekday shift with Richard Roeper.

In 2006 Conn bought the four-story, 5,500-square-foot brick and limestone house from its builder for $2.48 million.

Features include a second-floor master suite with a spa bath and a private deck, a third-floor loft or office, a lower level with a rec room and a theater, and an attached, heated two-car garage.

Conn did not respond to requests for comment.

The 22,000-square-foot mansion in Olympia Fields that R&B singer R. Kelly once owned until he lost it to foreclosure is now available for just $587,100.

Listing agent Mark Groble of Century 21 said the low price is the result of the mansion's condition and its $132,000-a-year tax bill. "The condition and the taxes are a double whammy on what this property is worth," he said.

Before the bank took possession, the mansion was stripped of numerous items, including kitchen cabinets, kitchen counters and light fixtures. Groble estimated the mansion needs about $1 million worth of restoration.

The bank is evaluating multiple offers, he said.

Kelly built the gated, 16-room mansion in 1997. It became the subject of a foreclosure lawsuit in 2011 that alleged that Kelly hadn't made monthly mortgage payments for more than a year.

Kelly eventually listed the mansion for $1.6 million in a short sale, suggesting that he had owed more on the property than it was worth. He cut its asking price in January to $995,000 but never found a buyer. The mansion was sold to its lender, JPMorgan Chase & Co., in a public sale March 18.

The bank listed the mansion in July for $618,000, and on Aug. 16 cut the price to $587,100.

Features include five bedrooms, five full baths, four half baths, a full basement, two fireplaces, an indoor pool and a six-car garage. The 3.02-acre property has a deteriorated basketball court.