List Price: $3,700,000
The Property: A lovely brick Prairie-style mansion that faces Lake Michigan across a quiet park, this 13-room house with numerous front windows seems designed to bask in the morning sun as it rises over the water.
The house was built in 1909, designed by the Prairie architects Tallmadge and Watson. (Thomas Eddy Tallmadge coined the phrase “The Chicago School” to describe Frank Lloyd Wright and his prairie peers.) House and garden step up incrementally from the street, first past a balustrade to a long brick walk, and then, once inside, up a few more steps to a wood-trimmed receiving room that opens in various directions to the rest of the house.
By the time you’re up there, the park appears to be a long, private front yard stretching to the water. Even the third-floor den has a generous view out to the lake from those five tall windows beneath the peak.
While the home is commanding, “It’s not a gigantic, cavernous place, it’s a good-feeling family house,” says Andi Wich, the agent for sellers Andrew and Anne Heller, who are moving to California.
Some vintage details remain, including a charming tile floor in the north sun room and five beautiful art glass windows across the center of the facade-though most of the other windows have been replaced with sheet glass that has nothing of the originals’ charm. In their 17 years in the house, the Hellers commissioned an Oak Park glass artist to decorate some internal windows in keeping with the period, and they restored abundant wood trim.
Price Points: Wich initially listed the house in May at $3.9 million, but dropped the price in July. The neighborhood, scene of some of Evanston’s most gorgeous vintage homes, has a number of impressive estate homes for sale. Some retain more of their vintage appeal (the blank windows in this one are a distraction), but none are as well situated.
Listing Agent: Andi Wich, Coldwell Banker, (847) 425-3767