NBC-5 weekday evening news co-anchor Rob Stafford and his wife, Lisa, paid $1.095 million in October for a condo unit in a newly built building in the Near West Side neighborhood. The building is pictured here during construction in August. (Brian Cassella/Chicago Tribune | Inset: Zbigniew Bzdak/Chicago Tribune)
WMAQ-Ch. 5 weekday evening news co-anchor Rob Stafford and his wife, Lisa, paid $1.095 million in October for a condominium unit atop a newly built, six-story building in the Near West Side neighborhood, near the West Loop.
Stafford, 59, has been with NBC-5 since joining the station in 2007 as a weekend news anchor. He has been battling amyloidosis, a rare blood disorder, which now is in remission.
Last summer, Stafford and his wife sold their five-bedroom, 3,640-square-foot house in Hinsdale for $1.25 million. They have paid a little less than that for their new condo, which was developed by Belgravia Group and is in a newly constructed, 70-unit building. The Staffords’ unit includes a private roof terrace.
“We love living in the West Loop,” Stafford said. “It’s 10 minutes from work, and two of our children live and work in the city, so we see them all the time. The restaurants (in the area) are fabulous. And I’m in remission now from amyloidosis, and my doctors are right around the corner, which is a huge convenience for me.”
The move to the city has been a long time coming — Stafford signed a contract for the unit pre-construction in 2015.
Stafford is the second 10 p.m. news anchor in recent times to pay more than $1 million for a condo. Through a trust, WLS-Ch. 7 10 p.m. anchor Alan Krashesky and his wife, Colleen, paid $1.1 million in late 2016 for a three-bedroom, 2,900-square-foot penthouse condo on the fourth floor of a building in downtown Naperville.
Bob Goldsborough is a freelance reporter.
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