Ten months ago philanthropist Ann Lurie offered her mansion in Chicago for $18,75 million. It was the most expensive single family home ever listed in Chicago. But now, she changed her mind and her mansion is being offered without side yard, thus the price is lowered to $15 million. “This makes the house more approachable” price-wise, said Jim Kramer, a Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices KoenigRubloff Realty Group agent who is representing the property with Mary Bennett of the same firm.
The home is indeed quite large (the 19,000-square-foot), and its yard is no slouch on size either, stretching more than two city lots (60 feet wide by 132 feet deep). So essentially, the price on the home hasn’t really changed at all, it just now comes with a no-yard option. Basically it’s still the most expensive house ever listed in Chicago, if you don’t count the $16 million listing at 1917 N Howe back in 2007 for a proposed custom home.
“First we get the house sold and see if that buyer wants the land,” Mr. Kramer said. “If not, we take the next step.” Designed by renowned architect August Fiedler in 1891, this historic residence exudes masterful elegance and opulence. Original stained glass, mosaic tile fireplace surrounds and intricate woodwork are displayed throughout, evoking a Romanesque aesthetic perfected by Fiedler. Superior modern amenities are integrated into the classic design including Traulsen, Miele and Wolf appliances, an elevator, stair and walkway radiant heat.
The furniture, most of it more modern than the home’s 19th century vintage, “made it hard to appreciate all the woodwork in here, the historical detail,” Mr. Kramer said.