Taraji P. Henson, newly engaged to Chicago born and raised former NFL player Kelvin Hayden, took in $1.429 million on the sale of a 2,159-square-foot, high-floor condo in the same luxury high-rise in Chicago’s upscale Streeterville neighborhood where late last year she surreptitiously snapped up a somewhat larger unit on a slightly lower floor for $1.925 million. Unfortunately for the 2009 Oscar winner (“The Curious Case of Benjamin Buttons”) and 2016 Golden Globe winning “Empire” star she barely broke even on the three bedroom and 2.5 bathroom 38th-floor urban aerie she picked up in May 2015 for $1.408 million and first made for sale in late 2017 at $1.525 million.
There are dark brown hardwood floors and huge windows fitted with electronic sun shades in the adjoining living and dining rooms, the former a wedge shaped space with an awkwardly positioned fireplace and the latter open to the kitchen with access to an east-facing glass-railed terrace from where there are panoramic views of Lake Michigan over the Ohio Street Beach, the neon lights of the Navy Pier and a well-disguised water treatment plant.
The larger unit Henson acquired, as was noted in the Chicago Tribune, was not available on the open market at the time of her purchase so little can be sussed out about its specific features and amenities. Online resources indicate it has three bedrooms, 3.5 bathrooms and a window-lined corner living room in a bit more than 2,500-square-feet.
The busy as a beaver actress, whose 2018 silver screen appearances included the not particularly successful crime-thriller “Proud Mary” and Tyler Perry’s poorly received thriller “Acrimony,” still owns an unassuming residence in the hills above Glendale, Calif., she bought in 2002 for $431,000 but last month, after nearly 2.5 long and no-doubt frustrating years on the market, she finally sold a three-story Moorish-inspired villa in L.A.’s Beachwood Canyon for $2.35 million. In 2016, Henson substantially upgraded her residential circumstances with the $6.45 million hush-hush off-market purchase of a 3,188-square-foot hacienda-style residence squirreled up an exceptionally long and gated semi-private driveway on a slim ridge high above Laurel Canyon.
listing photos: Homesmart Connect