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Ex-Bear Brandon Marshall takes loss on $3.2M sale of Michigan Avenue penthouse

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The athlete paid $3.9 million for the property

The building’s old observation tower has been transformed into a jaw-dropping great room overlooking the park.
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After several years of searching, former Chicago Bears wide receiver Brandon Marshall finally found a buyer for his striking Michigan Avenue penthouse. The $3.2 million sale price, however, was well below the $3.9 million the pro athlete paid for the home in 2014, Crain’s reported Monday.

Located at 6 N. Michigan Avenue in the former Montgomery Ward building designed by Schmidt, Garden, and Martin in 1898, the 6,400-square-foot home spans an impressive five levels. It boasts four bedrooms, multiple private terraces, sweeping views of Millennium Park and Lake Michigan, and a great room with ornate columns and archways located inside the historic building’s old observation tower.

Marshall played three seasons for the Bears from 2012 to 2014. He first listed the downtown condo for $6 million in 2016 and reduced the asking price multiple times since then. The penthouse was even briefly offered as a $20,000 a month rental.

In addition to ponying up $3.2 million for Marshall’s former pad, the unidentified buyers will be on the hook for $98,000 in annual taxes and another $101,000 in yearly building assessments, according to the Chicago Tribune.

A view from one of the home’s balconies.
A large, open living room with lots of windows.
The kitchen features white cabinets, stainless appliances, and a chalkboard wall.
This den gets plenty of sun through its large skylight.