Observing the stately Italianate mansion from street side, it’s a classic beauty, but hidden behind those walls, it’s easy to see why it is also Chicago’s most expensive. The home covers virtually every aspect of living for both adults and children in comfort, space, entertaining, outdoor space and indoor amenities. Filled with venues for family fun and just as many for formal or casual entertaining, the 20,000-square-foot manse, two-story guest house, six-car garage and gardens are on five lots in Chicago’s extremely popular Lincoln Park neighborhood.
Built in 1999, the interior is elegant but also warm and welcoming as though it’s all right to touch things - a quality usually missing in the overly contrived show-off mansions we see so much today. Children would be happy here from toddler age through their teenage years - until the last daughter floats down the grand curved stairs in her wedding gown into the large living room to her awaiting guests. Perfect for formal entertaining both inside and out, the house also has great locations for children’s birthday parties and teenage dances.
The six bedroom, ten bath three-story main house has a large indoor pool and spa, a movie theatre that looks like the real thing, six fireplaces, library, billiard room with bar that opens to the terrace, cook’s kitchen with counter seating for four and breakfast dining for eight, which opens to the family room. Outside is terrace seating under a large pergola, more terraces with a large fireplace, gardens and climbing roses spilling over their arbors. At night, three large obelisks lend soft, dramatic lighting to the garden terraces and by day they act as skylights for the swimming pool below. For more information.
Chicago’s most expensive and perhaps most elegant home, located in the sought after Chicago neighborhood of Lincoln Park, now listed at $18.75 million.
Photos courtesy of Wayne Cable Photography