JP Morgan is having a tough time selling the sprawling, 14,500 square foot mansion once owned by R. Kelly. The bank, which was the lender on the property, purchased the Olympia Fields, IL home in March at a foreclosure auction for $950,000, a far cry from the $5 million it was once thought to be worth. On July 16 the mansion was listed for $618,000, and today it dropped in price by $31,000 to $587,100.
R. Kelly had stopped making payments on the home for a year when JP Morgan sued him for $2.9 million. Kelly’s camp claimed that the singer stopped paying on purpose in order to get a loan modification; at that point the home was worth much less than when Kelly bought it in 1999, when it was valued at $5.2 million.
Kelly listed the home as a short sale in October 2011 for $1,595,000, and tried dropping the price to $995,000 in January 2013, but couldn’t find a buyer. JP Morgan was the sole bidder on the property at the foreclosure auction this March.
Listing photos indicate that some parts of the home have fallen into disrepair, including the basketball court, which now has weeds growing through it. Some evidence of Kelly’s ownership remains, including a room with a Chicago Bulls logo painted on the floor. Kelly is a huge fan of the Bulls, especially after his mega-hit “I Believe I Can Fly” was featured in “Space Jam” starring Michael Jordan.
The other home that Kelly owned in Chicago — where the video that got him into legal trouble was filmed — sold for a million dollars in 2008. The buyer completely rehabbed it and sold it in 2011 for $2,640,618.
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