Retired professional road racing cyclist Christian Vande Velde and his wife, Leah, earlier this month sold their five-bedroom, 8,000-square-foot ranch-style house on 6 acres in Lemont for $800,000.
A Lemont native, Vande Velde, 39, recently relocated his family to Greenville, S.C. He retired from pro cycling in 2013, just a year after admitting that he had used blood doping products and was sanctioned with a six-month suspension by the United States Anti-Doping Agency.
Last year, Vande Velde told the Outdoor Industry Association that he and his wife had decided to move to a smaller house in downtown Greenville because they wanted to trade "square-footage and a big lot in Illinois for a community that's becoming more bike-friendly every year."
The Vande Veldes paid $775,000 in 2010 for the Lemont property. They first listed it in October 2014 for $950,000 and later reduced their asking price to $890,000. Built in 2008, the house has 4-1/2 baths, an open floor plan, hardwood floors, a loft area, a kitchen with granite countertops and a large island, and a finished walkout lower level with recreation areas, a fireplace and an additional bedroom or office. Outside on the property is a large barn.
"It's just a unique property because it is set on so many acres. The acreage was a selling point," listing agent Christine Wilczek of Realty Executives told Elite Street. "And it's a highly upgraded ranch with a finished walkout lower level in the heart of Lemont."
Bob Goldsborough is a freelance reporter.