Jonathon Brandmeier, WGN Radio ‘Personality’, Selling Home For $5.9 Million

There are few words I can say about Jonathon Brandmeier, and the type of show he brings to WGN radio in morning drive-time, and still be able to call this site ‘family friendly’.   

Therefore when writing about Brandmeier I must not dwell on his radio schlock, and concentrate instead on something else that is less controversial.

Such as the selling of his Chicago home.

Jonathon Brandmeier, the Chicago radio personality who took over the morning show at WGN Radio in December, has quietly had his six-story River North home for sale since June. The asking price is $5.9 million.

There is no sign on the house, and neither Brandmeier nor the Baird & Warner agent representing the home, Laura Rubin Dresner, responded to requests for comment, but as of Monday, the home was still listed with Midwest Real Estate Data.

The 11,000-square-foot house has five bedrooms, ten bathrooms, an elevator, and, according to the listing, “the most state of the [art] movie theater imaginable” The master bedroom occupies the entire fourth floor, and there is an attached three-car garage.

Lisa Nicelli (Brandmeier’s wife) and Sunset Trust bought the house from its builder in 2007 for $4.46 million in October 2007, according to the Cook County Recorder of Deeds. Sunset Trust was also the 1997 buyer of a mansion in Malibu, California, that the couple sold in December.

Without comment from Brandmeier or his real-state agent, I can’t say what improvements the sellers have made to the house to merit asking 32 percent more than they paid for it five years ago. The latest S&P/Case-Shiller home-price data, released Tuesday, shows that Chicago-area home values in February 2012 were 35.3 percent below where they were in October 2007, when the Brandmeiers bought the home.  The couple’s December sale in Malibu got about half of what they initially wanted for that home.

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