Jeff Garlin Buys Chicago Condo for $592K

jeff garlinComedian Jeff Garlin didn't bother to curb his enthusiasm for a 1,500-square-foot condominium on Chicago's Gold Coast when he plunked down $592,000 for the unit on east Elm Street, less than a block from Lake Michigan, Blockshopper reported this past week.

The Chicago native, who is a Second City theater alumnus, is best known for his role as Jeff Greene, Larry David's manager on the HBO show Curb Your Enthusiasm, is also the voice behind Buttercup the Unicorn in the 2010 blockbuster film Toy Story 3 and the Captain in Wall E.

His 3-bedroom, 2-bath walk-up was last listed for $649,500, but had seen six price reductions since its original 2009 list price of $826,000. (See 18 photos in our gallery.)
Located in a 1919-built building, the vintage unit has nine-foot ceilings, oak floors, a balcony, and a kitchen with white cabinets and stainless steel appliances and a breakfast bar - a place where the 48-year-old will be eating healthier meals than he may have in years past.

Garlin, who once tipped the scales at 320 pounds, chronicled his weight loss journey in his book "My Footprint: Carrying the Weight of the World," which will be released in paperback on April 19. He told the New York Times last year that after some of his stand-up routines he would rush out back to his place to eat Fruity Pebbles and Pop-Tarts in his kitchen or gorge himself at the nearest fast-food restaurant. "I've had my share of Whoppers over the years," he said. "And Whopper Jrs. And Whoppers with Whopper Jrs."

With his DVD Young & Handsome behind him, the slimmer Garlin can get his beauty rest in the carpeted master suite, which has a wood-burning fireplace, crown molding and custom closets. The shower has a built-in seat and the vanity is granite. The second bedroom has a balcony and built-in dresser and bookcases. The third bedroom has a Juliet balcony, according to listing details from Millie Rosenbloom at Baird & Warner.

A die-hard Cubs fan, Garlin, 48, maintains a 3,139 square-foot primary residence in the Los Angeles neighborhood of Sherman Oaks with his wife and two kids. They purchased that one through a trust in 2003 for $1.4 million.

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Sheree R. Curry
, a Chicago native who has owned three homes, is a three-time award-winning journalist who has covered real estate for six years. During her 20-year career, her articles have appeared regularly in the
Wall Street Journal, TV Week, and Fortune. She's been writing for AOL Real Estate since 2009 from a Minneapolis-area rental. She seeks a book publisher -- or at least a lender who'll give a reasonable mortgage rate to a self-employed mom.

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