Derrick Rose buys $2.8M condo in Trump Tower
BY MARK KONKOL | firstname.lastname@example.org March 13, 2012 11:16AM
Pictured is a view of Lake Michigan, left, the Aon Building, center, and Grant Park right, from the top of the 92-story Trump International Hotel and Tower. | AP
Updated: March 14, 2012 10:00AM
On the court, Derrick Rose can sky. Now, he will live in the clouds.
The reigning NBA MVP bought himself a $2.7 million bachelor pad on the 84th floor of Trump Tower with an unfettered downtown view stretching from Soldier Field past the United Center. Through a telescope, Rose could even watch kids from the old neighborhood play a pickup game at the Murray Park court where he got his start.
“Derrick had a choice on the view. He could have looked northeast, and those units are available, but I think he has an affinity for the South Side,” said Andrew Glatz, president of Chicago-based brokerage Crown Heights Realty. “Before a game, Derrick is going to be able to look out and see the city. Perfect views of the ‘Madhouse on Madison.’ It’s the kind of view that will really get him pumped up.”
Rose’s neighbor Blackhawks star Patrick Kane can vouch for that, Glatz says.
“Patrick Kane has a $100,000 sound system, and he blasts music and looks at the view before home games, and he says that really gets him going,” said Glatz, who has sold several top-floor condos in Trump Tower.
Chicago interior designer Mary Cook decked out D-Rose’s new skyscraper palace with custom flourishes aimed to appeal to “the sophisticated, well-traveled man with eclectic tastes.”
The lightning-fast point guard with a 40-inch vertical leap — and recently inked $96 contract extension with the Bulls and $260 million endorsement deal with Adidas — is just the kind of guy she had in mind.
Cook wrapped the building’s concrete pillars in glass mosaic tiles that change color — from blue to purple — as the sun travels across the southern sky.
Brazilian walnut hardwood floors stretch throughout the 3,102-square-foot flat that takes up half of the 84th floor.
“I can totally see him walking in there,” Cook said. “This is a place for somebody who wants to enjoy entertaining and show off his place.”
Rose’s master suite includes a bathroom completely wrapped in limestone with double sinks, double showers and a deep Jacuzzi tub. There are three bedrooms, four bathrooms, a den and a kitchen built for a top chef — not that Rose will need to do any cooking. Part of his $2,700 monthly assessment gives Rose access to five-star amenities that include gourmet room service, a 24-hour concierge and daily cleaning crews to keep the pad spotless.
Rose, who made a $1 million down payment and took out a $1.7 million mortgage with Northern Trust, also gets two parking spots and access to the Trump pool and gym.
D-Rose’s new tax bill will probably set him back about $54,000 a year — that’s more than double the $25,000 the NBA fined him Tuesday for badmouthing referees.
You know, pocket change.