Rumor Has It...

...newly svelte Oscar- and Grammy-winning former American Idol Jennifer Hudson has signed the necessary papers to purchase a titanic 12,000 square foot mansion in Burr Ridge, IL, an affluent suburb about a half hour drive southwest of Chicago's Loop.

The very trad mansion (shown above) was originally listed in 2006 at $4,200,000 and the listing agent told real estate gossip Dennis Rodkin at Chicago Magazine "It's an over-$3 million house." Well, apparently it's not since the hulking house was last listed at $2,795,000 and although the purchase price has yet to be revealed it seems unlikely Miss Hudson would agree to pay more than the asking price. But then again, what do we really know about anything?

Listing information still available online shows the 16-room stone-built mansion has 6 bedrooms, 6 full and 2 half bathrooms, 5 fireplaces, heated garage space for 6 cars, 2 laundry rooms, a fully finished walk-out basement, and a huge bonus room tucked up into the eaves on the third floor. Additional spaces include an impress-the-guests style foyer with floating curved staircase, formal living and dining rooms, a library, colossal eat-in kitchen lit by three identical chandeliers, a double-height family room, and in basement area, a game room and home theater. Outdoor space is severely limited to a landscaped front yard, a large rear motor court accessed via a porte-cochere and a wee sliver of a backyard mostly taken up by a free-form dining terrace.

The kids over at Curbed Chicago amalgamated a slew of photos of the large and luxurious but perfectly ordinary mansion a person could ever want to see.

photo: Bing