Ex-Smashing Pumpkins Drummer Relists Riverwoods Mansion

Former Smashing Pumpkins drummer Jimmy Chamberlin last week placed his five-bedroom, 10,646-square-foot mansion in north suburban Riverwoods back on the market for $1.75 million.
Chamberlin, 50, who was with Smashing Pumpkins from 1988 until 1995 and 2006 until 2009, most recently was in the band Skysaw, which he left in 2012. He is CEO of Chicago-based social media company LiveOne, which allows users to view live-streamed entertainment content in a customized social network.
Chamberlin paid $1.6 million in 2008 for the mansion, which was built in 2006. He listed it in 2011 for $1.65 million but took it off the market a little over a year later.
The 15-room mansion, set on 1.77 acres, has five en-suite bedrooms, 6 1/2 baths, a gourmet kitchen, a first-floor bedroom/playroom, Brazilian cherry wood floors throughout, two limestone fireplaces, and a lower level with 11-foot ceilings, a rec room, wine cellar, spa with sauna, an exercise room and a theater.
Chamberlin’s previous area homes included one in Long Grove that he bought in 2002 for $832,500 and sold in 2004 for $895,000 to move to California, and one in Lake Bluff that he bought in 1998 for $312,000 and sold in 2002 for $355,000. He also owned a 3,311-square-foot house in Murrieta, Calif., from 2004 until 2008.
Listing agent Randy Michaels of American Capital Realty & Management declined to comment on the listing.
“Gone Girl” novelist Gillian Flynn lists in Ukrainian Village: Last week, “Gone Girl” novelist Gillian Flynn listed her 10-room vintage Victorian row home in Ukrainian Village for $769,000, and it has gone under contract.
Flynn, 43, and her lawyer husband, Brett Nolan, are selling because of their growing family, said listing agent Christine Lutz of Kinzie Real Estate Group. Flynn recently gave birth to the couple’s second child, according to a Facebook post.
Major motion pictures based on two of her novels, “Dark Places” and “Gone Girl,” are set to be released this fall.
Flynn and Nolan paid $740,000 in 2007 for the three-bedroom, 2,575-square-foot row home, which was built in 1889. Features include three baths, three levels of living space, three private outdoor spaces, hardwood floors, leaded glass windows, high ceilings, one fireplace and a newer roof and mechanicals.
The lower level has a separate entry, and Flynn used that area as a writing studio, where she wrote best-selling novels, Lutz said.
“This is what everyone hopes to find when you look for a vintage house in Ukrainian Village,” Lutz said. “It was lovingly restored both by its current owners and by a previous owner. And Gillian and Brett liked that, so many original details have remained.”
Lutz also noted that Flynn and Nolan, who have moved out of the home, incorporated part of the home’s turret into a bedroom and that two skylights help bring light into its top floor, which is important because “row homes tend to be a bit darker,” she said.
Lutz noted that the house is only 2 1/2 blocks “from the happening on Division.”
The house went under contract after four days on the market and is going through attorney review, Lutz said.
Gery Chico cuts asking price to $2.5M: Former Chicago Public Schools board President Gery Chico on Wednesday reduced the asking price of his three-bedroom, 2,400-square-foot condominium unit in the Metropolitan Tower on South Michigan Avenue to $2.5 million from the July listing price of $2.65 million.
This post originally appeared on ChicagoTribune.com on Sept. 10, 2014.