Former Chicago Bear selling home in Gurnee

Chris Harris, the former Chicago Bears strong safety, has put his luxuriously-appointed home in Gurnee on the market.  The 3,139 square foot property, listed at $329,000, boasts six bedrooms.

The 29 year old Harris (known as “Hitman”) rose to fame in the 2006 season when played for the Bears during Super Bowl XLI.  He was later traded to the Carolina Panthers, where he served on their roster for three seasons.  In 2010, he was traded back to the Bears in exchange for linebacker Jamar Williams.  Following that season, he received his first All-Pro selection.

In October of 2011, Harris was released by the Bears.  His salary at the time was $1.1 million, with a $500,000 roster bonus.  Harris is now a free agent not associated with any NFL team.

The home that Harris is now trying to sell has a multitude of amenities fit for a Bear.  It includes a spacious main floor family room complete with stunning fireplace.  The house has a newly finished basement complete with a screening room and a rec room with a bar area featuring a beautiful mahogany bar – excellent for throwing the best Super Bowl party on the block.  The master bedroom suite is complete with both his and her walk-in closets, as well as his and her bathroom vanities, whirlpool tub and sky light.  The gourmet kitchen comes with an ample island and a dining area with glass sliders to the patio and a spacious fenced in back yard.  The home also has four full baths, making for easy clean-up when you and the kids are outside throwing the ball around.

Harris originally paid $392,000 for the Gurnee property, built in 1990.  He is expected to take a significant loss on the home, which he purchased in 2006.

Gurnee, known for it’s laid-back village lifestyle and scenic beauty, is home to many current and retired Chicago Bears players.  Some of those faces you might see around town include NFL record holder Devin Hester, kicker Robbie Gould, defensive tackle Tommie Harris, and special teams coach Dave Toub.   It has much to offer through its close proximity to both Chicago and Milwaukee, and offers a myriad of choices for a fun night out, including top-notch restaurants and bars.  Gurnee is  home to both Gurnee Mills, the fourth largest shopping mall in Illinois, and Six Flags Great America, making it an attractive place to raise a family.  Gurnee has seen a recent influx of new residents, with a total population of over 31,000 – which represents an eight percent increase since 2000.

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