All homes featured on ‘Windy City Rehab’ have now been sold

The last home to remain on the market sold Monday for far less than the original asking price.

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A home at 1924 W. Berenice Ave. in the North Center neighborhood was the last of the 16 homes featured on the first two seasons of the HGTV show “Windy City Rehab” to find a buyer. It sold Monday.

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“Windy City Rehab” is sold out.

The last of the 16 homes featured on the first two seasons of the hit HGTV show “Windy City Rehab” sold Monday.

The single-family home, at 1924 W. Berenice Ave., sold for $1,455,000, listing agent Vincent Anzalone confirmed.

The final price was $195,000 less than what it was listed for in October.

The North Center home has 5 bedrooms, 4.5 baths and 3,850 square feet. It has a custom coffee and wine bar with an antique hutch and brass shelving.

Host Alison Victoria — her real last name is Gramenos — purchased the home on Berenice in April of 2019 for $487,500 and, according to the show, spent more than $1 million to renovate it — for an all-in cost of $1,517,250.

Going by those figures, the project resulted in a $62,250 loss.

It wouldn’t be the first home featured on the show to grow for-sale cobwebs and result in a loss or barely breaking even for the developers — again, if the show’s estimates of rehab costs are accurate.

Anyone still interested in snatching a home featured on the show could still have an opportunity.

HGTV announced in February that fans of the show can expect new episodes to begin airing some time later this year.

There’s also Victoria’s personal Bucktown home, which has languished on the market for months at a reduced price of $2,195,000.

Judge to mediate lawsuit

Meanwhile, a Cook County judge will be in charge of mediating a settlement in a lawsuit brought against Victoria, and her former co-host, Donovan Eckhardt, by a north suburban man who’s seeking to claw back $3 million he and his family invested in their reality TV venture.

The lawsuit was filed last summer by Michael Ward Jr., a Lake County resident and onetime friend of Eckhardt; his brother Thomas Ward, also of Lake County; and their father, Michael Ward Sr., a Cook County resident.

The Wards accused Victoria and Eckhardt of gross mismanagement that resulted in “bungling” nearly every home flipping project they took on.

Last month, Eckhardt and Victoria, who’ve suffered a major falling out in their relationship, asked the judge overseeing the case to allow a third party to take control of and provide a full accounting of their tangled finances that sit in the form of limited liability companies they created to purchase and renovate homes featured on the show. 

That request was withdrawn after Eckhardt and Victoria jointly agreed to hire an attorney to represent their shared interests. And all parties have agreed to allow Cook County Judge Allen Walker to mediate the case, Eckhardt’s attorney, James Skyles, told the Sun-Times.

“The judge will basically mediate to see if an agreement can be struck between Donovan, Alison and the Wards ... hopefully with a goal of resolving all issues,” he said.

A settlement conference was scheduled for Aug. 18th.

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