Queen Elizabeth II has thinned out her Chicago real estate holdings — sort of.
On Friday, a five-bedroom, 4,700-square-foot duplex condominium unit on the Gold Coast owned by Her Majesty the Queen in Right of Canada — Elizabeth II is the constitutional monarch of Canada — sold for $2.275 million. The unit had been used by Canada's consul general in Chicago, Roy Norton.
Represented by Canada's minister of foreign affairs, the Canadian government in 2007 bought the 12th-floor unit in the neo-Gothic building at 20 E. Cedar St. for an undisclosed price. Presumably the unit became expendable when the Canadian government in August paid $1.575 million for a three-bedroom, 2,600-square-foot condo on the 26th floor of the Buckingham building, 360 E. Randolph St.
The Canadian government listed the Gold Coast unit in September for $2.295 million and it went under contract less than a month later. The deal closed Friday for less than 1 percent below its asking price. The transaction was the highest-priced sale in the building since before the housing crisis.
Features in the unit include 4 1/2 baths, a butler's pantry, an eat-in kitchen with Sub-Zero and Viking appliances, a formal dining room and a southeast corner living room with floor-to-ceiling windows, 22-foot ceilings, a wood-burning fireplace and an ornate, detailed plaster ceiling.
The buyer also paid $10,000 for a parking space. Public records do not yet detail the buyer's name.
Listing agents Kieran Conlon, Andrew Perkins and Ryan Preuett of Conlon/Christie's could not be immediately reached for comment.
Bob Goldsborough is a freelance reporter.