Scandalous Chicago Home Sells

August 21, 2011

A infamous piece of Chicago real estate is in new hands.

The Lakeview mansion that once belonged to Chicago native R. Kelly sold last week for $2,640,618 million.

The house, which was built in 1885 as a church, was where the Grammy-winning performer allegedly filmed a sex tape with an underage girl. A jury could not positively ID Kelly as the man on the tape, and the R&B singer was acquitted in 2008.

interior shotRobert Sylvester Kelly bought the 8,000-square-foot Chicago home for $1.107 million in 1994 and sold it for $2.25 million in 2002, the year he was charged with producing child pornography.

The home has changed hands since then and was purchased out of foreclosure for $1 million in 2008. It had been recently listed at more than $3.5 million.

The four-bedroom home, at 1010 W. George, offers six-and-a-half baths, two fireplaces, a 1,600-gallon aquarium, a lofted living room that overlooks an indoor pool and a hot tub, a mezzanine level with a family room, a roof deck with a full kitchen, an elevator, a basketball court, a two-car garage and a home-automation system that controls everything from security to the pool temperature.

His Olympia Fields compound from above

R. Kelly's Olympia Fields compound.

Kelly currently lives in a 11,140-square-foot mansion he built in 1999 on seven acres of land in south suburban Olympia Fields.

That two-story home, at 1 Maros Lane, has six full baths and seven half baths, two fireplaces and a four-car garage.

Apparently, the artist didn’t fare well there either: There are reports that Kelly hasn’t paid his mortgage since last June and was recently named in a $2.9-million foreclosure suit on the property.

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