List price: $3.1999 million
Sale Price: $2.65 million
The Property: Designed and built in 1929 by the Buurma Brothers-the two Dutch immigrants who put up several of River Forest’s best-looking mansions-this lavishly restored, 13-room Spanish Revival–style mansion has many of its original details, including wood-inlay interior doors, a backyard allée of trees leading to a sculptured fountain, and bulbous copper gutters with twisting downspouts climbing down the façade. The house has five bedrooms, three fireplaces, and a separate apartment above the three-car garage. The lot is just under an acre. In the 20 years they lived here, the sellers (not yet identified in public records) replaced the terra cotta roof and all the windows; when they added a family room, they had replicas made of existing columns and balusters to extend the house’s Mediterranean character into the new space.
Price Points: At least two different potential buyers wanted to tear down and replace this beauty. The sellers were horrified and reduced their asking price from $3.495 million to $3.199 million. Ultimately they attracted buyers who already lived nearby and have no intention of tearing it down, says the sellers’ agent.
Sales agent: Beau Carstensen of Crawford Group Sotheby’s Realty