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Northwestern University engineering professor pays $3 million for Wilmette house

A newly hired Northwestern University engineering professor and his wife last month paid $3 million for a recently built, six-bedroom, 5,408-square-foot house in Wilmette.

John A. Rogers, who is a pioneer in the area of bio-integrated electronic devices, will join Northwestern next month from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. Rogers has won a MacArthur Fellowship and has helped to start a large number of companies.

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The Wilmette home Rogers bought with his wife, Lisa Dhar, was built in 2011 and has 6-1/2 baths. Features include a grand staircase, a dining room with a crystal chandelier, a family room with a grand stone fireplace, a kitchen with a large marble island and all stainless steel appliances and a master suite with an air bath soaker tub and his and hers dressing rooms. Downstairs, the 3,000-square-foot lower level has an indoor basketball court, an exercise room and a full-swing golf simulator.

The house first had been listed in March for $3.45 million.

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"The house was custom-built and it is just a stunning piece of property that was very well-thought-through from top to bottom," said Laurie Gross of Coldwell Banker, who represented Rogers and Dhar. "It's a great location for them."

Bob Goldsborough is a freelance reporter.



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