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Rudolph Isley’s old Chicagoland house, formerly owned by R. Kelly, is for sale. Look inside

By Jennifer Feb 3, 2024
Security gates at 1 Maros Lane, Olympia Fields, Illinois, listed by Alex Wolking of Keller Williams ONEChicago. The home was once owned R. Kelly and renovated by its most recent owner, Rudolph Isley.

One of The Isley Brothers has acquired a house in Chicagoland that was formerly owned by R. Kelly and is now for sale.

Standing at almost 21,000 square feet on a 3.7-acre site, the house is enormous. Alex Wolking of Keller Williams ONEChicago advertised it for $3.5 million at the beginning of January.

Following his death in October 2023, Rudolph Isley, the most recent owner and singer of popular songs like as “Shout,” “It’s Your Thing,” and “This Old Heart of Mine,” left behind his wife Elaine. Wolking refused to provide an explanation for her house sale.

According to Wolking, “it’s a large house for a large personality,” in an interview with USA TODAY.

Great room at 1 Maros Lane, Olympia Fields, Illinois, listed by Alex Wolking of Keller Williams ONEChicago. The home was once owned R. Kelly and renovated by its most recent owner, Rudolph Isley.
Great room at 1 Maros Lane, Olympia Fields, Illinois, listed by Alex Wolking of Keller Williams ONEChicago. The home was once owned R. Kelly and renovated by its most recent owner, Rudolph Isley.
Exterior at 1 Maros Lane, Olympia Fields, Illinois, listed by Alex Wolking of Keller Williams ONEChicago. The home was once owned R. Kelly and renovated by its most recent owner, Rudolph Isley.
Exterior at 1 Maros Lane, Olympia Fields, Illinois, listed by Alex Wolking of Keller Williams ONEChicago. The home was once owned R. Kelly and renovated by its most recent owner, Rudolph Isley.

 

Property remodeled by Isleys after being foreclosed upon by R. Kelly

 

Home theater at 1 Maros Lane, Olympia Fields, Illinois, listed by Alex Wolking of Keller Williams ONEChicago. The home was once owned R. Kelly and renovated by its most recent owner, Rudolph Isley.
Home theater at 1 Maros Lane, Olympia Fields, Illinois, listed by Alex Wolking of Keller Williams ONEChicago. The home was once owned R. Kelly and renovated by its most recent owner, Rudolph Isley.

 

Dining area next to kitchen at 1 Maros Lane, Olympia Fields, Illinois, listed by Alex Wolking of Keller Williams ONEChicago. The home was once owned R. Kelly and renovated by its most recent owner, Rudolph Isley.
Dining area next to kitchen at 1 Maros Lane, Olympia Fields, Illinois, listed by Alex Wolking of Keller Williams ONEChicago. The home was once owned R. Kelly and renovated by its most recent owner, Rudolph Isley.

 

The house, at 1 Maros Lane in Olympia Fields, was constructed by R. Kelly, a once well-known R&B artist who was later found guilty of sex offenses, according to Crain’s Chicago Business. After “I Believe I Can Fly” became a big song, he purchased the home in 1997. However, according to Crain’s, the house was foreclosed on in 2011.

At the time, he was already under investigation for many claims of sexual assault against youngsters. The house served as Kelly’s “Chocolate Factory” studio from 2004 until 2010, according to CNN. Witnesses who testified against Kelly in the sex trafficking case said that Kelly exercised strict control over everyone who resided, worked, or visited the property.

According to Wolking, the property had fallen into ruin and been vacant for a few years until the Isley family purchased it in 2013. The whole kitchen was added by the current owners, who also renovated the basement after it was flooded. He said that the landscape was updated and the athletic courts (tennis, pickleball, and basketball) were resurfaced.

Main level living room at 1 Maros Lane, Olympia Fields, Illinois, listed by Alex Wolking of Keller Williams ONEChicago. The home was once owned R. Kelly and renovated by its most recent owner, Rudolph Isley.
Main level living room at 1 Maros Lane, Olympia Fields, Illinois, listed by Alex Wolking of Keller Williams ONEChicago. The home was once owned R. Kelly and renovated by its most recent owner, Rudolph Isley.
One of four fireplaces at 1 Maros Lane, Olympia Fields, Illinois, listed by Alex Wolking of Keller Williams ONEChicago. The home was once owned R. Kelly and renovated by its most recent owner, Rudolph Isley.
One of four fireplaces at 1 Maros Lane, Olympia Fields, Illinois, listed by Alex Wolking of Keller Williams ONEChicago. The home was once owned R. Kelly and renovated by its most recent owner, Rudolph Isley.

 

A musician’s dream acoustics and high ceilings

 

Indoor pool at 1 Maros Lane, Olympia Fields, Illinois, listed by Alex Wolking of Keller Williams ONEChicago. The home was once owned R. Kelly and renovated by its most recent owner, Rudolph Isley.
Indoor pool at 1 Maros Lane, Olympia Fields, Illinois, listed by Alex Wolking of Keller Williams ONEChicago. The home was once owned R. Kelly and renovated by its most recent owner, Rudolph Isley.

The house has an elevator, a six-car garage, a cinema, an indoor pool area with a jungle motif, and controlled entrance.

 

Dining area adjacent to the theater at 1 Maros Lane, Olympia Fields, Illinois, listed by Alex Wolking of Keller Williams ONEChicago. The home was once owned R. Kelly and renovated by its most recent owner, Rudolph Isley.
Dining area adjacent to the theater at 1 Maros Lane, Olympia Fields, Illinois, listed by Alex Wolking of Keller Williams ONEChicago. The home was once owned R. Kelly and renovated by its most recent owner, Rudolph Isley.

 

Kitchen of theater dining area at 1 Maros Lane, Olympia Fields, Illinois, listed by Alex Wolking of Keller Williams ONEChicago. The home was once owned R. Kelly and renovated by its most recent owner, Rudolph Isley.
Kitchen of theater dining area at 1 Maros Lane, Olympia Fields, Illinois, listed by Alex Wolking of Keller Williams ONEChicago. The home was once owned R. Kelly and renovated by its most recent owner, Rudolph Isley.

According to Wolking, he has received calls from village neighbors wishing him well and congratulating him on the listing. Additionally, the neighboring Olympia Fields Country Club has played home to many PGA Tour events.

 

Wolking is aware that it will need a very “specific buyer” who is willing to travel around 45 minutes to go to Downtown Chicago while yet wanting that much solitude and space.

Garage at 1 Maros Lane, Olympia Fields, Illinois, listed by Alex Wolking of Keller Williams ONEChicago. The home was once owned R. Kelly and renovated by its most recent owner, Rudolph Isley.
Garage at 1 Maros Lane, Olympia Fields, Illinois, listed by Alex Wolking of Keller Williams ONEChicago. The home was once owned R. Kelly and renovated by its most recent owner, Rudolph Isley.

Because of the big room’s high ceilings and beautiful acoustics, he wouldn’t be shocked if another artist took over.

“The way it fills that house with music is absolutely stunning,” Wolking said.

Great room at 1 Maros Lane, Olympia Fields, Illinois, listed by Alex Wolking of Keller Williams ONEChicago. The home was once owned R. Kelly and renovated by its most recent owner, Rudolph Isley.
Great room at 1 Maros Lane, Olympia Fields, Illinois, listed by Alex Wolking of Keller Williams ONEChicago. The home was once owned R. Kelly and renovated by its most recent owner, Rudolph Isley.

 

COLLECTED : USA TODAY

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