R. Kelly’s infamous Lake View home sells for $2.64 million
BY MITCH DUDEK Staff Reporterfirstname.lastname@example.org August 19, 2011 6:26PM
Inside and outside R. Kelly's former home, as it appeared in June 2010. | Brian Jackson~Sun-Times
Updated: November 3, 2011 11:17AM
The Lake View mansion that Cook County prosecutors said served as the site of Chicago’s most infamous home video — R. Kelly’s alleged sex tape — sold for $2.64 million Thursday.
The basement wood-paneled “Colorado room” of the house — originally a church built in 1885 — was where prosecutors alleged Kelly filmed himself having sex with and urinating on an underage girl. A jury, unconvinced the man on the tape was actually Kelly, acquitted him of the crime in 2008.
Kelly’s former 11-room home, which has a 1,600 gallon fish tank and a lofted living room overlooking an indoor lap pool, sold for far less than its $3.5 million asking price.
The 8,000-square foot property, at 1010 W. George, has changed ownership several times since Kelly parted with the pad in 2002.
An elevator, 1,500-square-foot roof deck, a $7,000 shower head and touch-panel home automation to control everything from the pool temperature to music in the bathroom was added by an owner who purchased the house for $1 million from foreclosure in 2008.
The basketball court where Kelly was accused of having three-way sex in front of a mural of himself and the Tasmanian Devil has made way for a garage.
Kelly currently lives in a 20,000-square-foot mansion built on seven acres of land in south suburban Olympia Fields.