From North Side to South, Chicago’s real estate scene is red hot. Here are four luxury properties we’re lusting after.
In the living room, a 100-year-old fireplace was sourced from Paris.
The Neighborhood Bucktown
The Specs $2,195,000; 2,886 square feet; 5 bedrooms, 4 full bathrooms, 1 partial bathroom
Herringbone white oak floors and antique design cues are contrasted by the more modern furnishings.
The Amenities Old meets new in this single-family masonry and limestone home designed by HGTV star Alison Victoria. The ground-up build is an expert blend of antique touches—à la the century-old fireplace sourced from Paris and herringbone white oak floors—and modern comforts. In the kitchen, the custom cabinetry and white marble waterfall-edge island house a Miele coffee bar, top-of-the-line appliances, a brass hood and a 55-inch BlueStar range. No detail was overlooked, including the brass fireplace surround in the living room (a nod to the kitchen hood), oversize Closet Works walk-in closets, master bath Calacatta marble steam shower, wine room and wet bar, outdoor kitchen with built-in grill and wood-fired pizza oven, and skyline rooftop terrace views.
The home was designed by Windy City Rehab’s Alison Victoria.
The Wow Factor “This home is unique in that it’s new construction, but still has a ton of charm,” says Ryan Preuett, senior vice president of sales at Jameson Sotheby’s International Realty. “You enter the home from the heated sidewalk and front steps, and the first thing you see is the 100-yearold fireplace from Paris and an oversize picture window. Alison Victoria’s ability to blend the best of new and old is second to none.”
The stunning single-family Gold Coast home was built in 1914.
The Neighborhood Gold Coast
The Specs $10,500,000; 9,000 square feet; 5 bedrooms, 9 bathrooms
There are more than four fireplaces throughout.
The Amenities This historic home—built in 1914—has been lovingly maintained and updated. Early 20th century elegance is at home alongside modern amenities, such as an elevator, home theater, wet bar and exercise studio. On top of this Gold Coast estate, a luscious penthouse garden room leads to the rooftop terrace, which boasts stunning views.
Millwork and vaulted and cathedral ceilings add to the early 20th century elegance.
The Wow Factor “Touring this amazing home is like experiencing an incredible piece of Chicago history that has been brought to the best possible version of itself for a modern lifestyle. The soaring ceiling heights here are unbelievable, and the natural sunlight and views into the adjacent courtyard are impossibly rare for a Gold Coast single-family home,” says Tim Salm, Jameson Sotheby’s International Realty senior vice president, sales.
The family room offers maximum comfort with the outdoors just beyond.
The Neighborhood Lincoln Park
The Specs $3,950,000; 8,231 square feet; 6 bedrooms, 5 bathrooms
The roaring fireplace adds to the rooftop deck’s inviting nature.
The Amenities This spacious Lincoln Park abode is an oasis tucked inside the city, with high-end design touches, luxury amenities and an impressive three-in-one great room. But the real treat is the outdoor space. The immaculately landscaped side yard is an Eden, and the rooftop deck begs for entertaining with its fireplace and outdoor kitchen.
The Wow Factor“It’s a thoughtfully designed custombuilt home on a double lot,” says Baird & Warner listing agent Anne Rossley. “It’s all about outdoor spaces and privacy, a flowing floor plan, and artfully chosen and specially designed architectural details.”
During the renovation, many original elements were restored, including the famous David Adler staircase and living room fireplace. The millwork is all custom or restored, and the fireplace surround seen here is custommade Carrara marble.
The Neighborhood Lincoln Park
The Specs $5,650,000; 5,200 square feet of interior living space; 4 bedrooms, 3 bathrooms
The structure was originally built for Emily Ryerson, who restarted her life in Chicago after her husband was tragically lost in the Titanic. During World War II, Ryerson opened her home as a convalescent home for Children Memorial Hospital.
The Amenities This recently renovated circa 1915 David Adler masterpiece (formerly Ryerson mansion) resides on Adler on the Park’s top two floors. From the private heated two-car-plus garage, an elevator delivers you directly to your serene residence. The chef’s kitchen is outfitted with custom cabinetry, 3-inch Carrara marble, a Sub-Zero refrigerator and freezer, a Wolf range and a Miele coffee station. The 20-person formal dining room, which has custom floating buffets, flows onto a small terrace with gas lanterns. The living room features a wood-burning fireplace and stunning French doors that open onto the 800-square-foot private terrace. On the top floor, find the primary suite, with a Carrara marble bathroom and awe-inspiring views of the city and the park.
The rooftop terrace is 800 square feet of entertainment-ready space.
The Wow Factor “With two stories and 5,200 square feet of interior living and 800 square feet of terrace, this isn’t your typical Chicago condo,” describes Wendy Berg, Baird & Warner broker associate. “Relax in the magnificent four-season living room with a wood-burning fireplace, including custom-built marble surround and French doors that lead to your private terrace for grilling, entertaining or relaxing while relishing your views of the park.”
Photography by: Renae Lilly; Andrew Miller; VHT; Andrew Miller with VHT