The auction of former Chicago TV news anchor Diann Burns' 81-acre estate in Buchanan Township, Mich., that had been scheduled to take place last Friday has been rescheduled for next spring.
The southwest Michigan spread of Burns, who anchored at top-rated WLS-Ch. 7 from 1985 until 2003 and then at WBBM-Ch. 2 from 2003 until 2008, received "a fairly strong response from our buyers," David Ashcroft, the director of sales and development for auctioneer Platinum Luxury Auctions, told Elite Street over the weekend. However, "the seller ultimately felt that she was better served to hold out for a more robust bidding audience," he noted.
Burns' estate, which remains for sale at the now-nixed auction's "reserve" price of $2.25 million, has a main 5,900-square-foot house, a 2,100-square-foot guest house, a pool and a lighted tennis court. The main house was built in 1997, and the guest house, which is known as the property's "game lodge," was constructed 10 years later. In total, the property has seven bedrooms and six baths.
Burns' estate once was listed for as much as $6 million. The estate currently is being marketed both by Platinum and by Nina Molter of @properties.
Burns now is based in Southern California.
Bob Goldsborough is a freelance reporter.