The coasts are notorious for the soaring cost of real estate, but as these five hot local properties over $5 million demonstrate, Chicagoland has its share of pricey digs.
Elegantly combining tradition and modernity, this brand-new brick home by architect Mike Abraham features a smashing two-story entry foyer with a checkerboard marble floor and a sculptural stairway that leads to a second-floor gallery with glass railings. A stunning kitchen outfitted with Bulthaup cabinetry opens to a light-filled family room with steel doors and windows, and there’s also a spacious formal living room with two fireplaces.
Built on 22 acres thick with 70-year-old pine trees, this sprawling five-bedroom abode offers views from every room. In the great room, for example, a two-story window looks out onto a pond and waterfall. Architectural details, such as domed Cypress ceiling with exposed beams, a stained glass ceiling in the billiard room, and a floor-to-ceiling stone fireplace, ensure that the inside lives up to the beautiful setting.
You can create your own compound on this unique property in Lincoln Park, which features a vintage red-brick row home and two detached buildings (former chauffeur residences) on a quiet residential street just steps from all the action. The four-level house and one of the additional structures were renovated in the 1990s, and the third building is raw space with an 18-foot high barrel ceiling. The main house also boasts an 875-bottle wine cellar and tasting room.
A magnificent wavered motor court with a fountain in the center makes a stunning first impression at his stately manse designed by Richard Landry. The six-bedroom limestone-clad house is set on two acres landscaped by Scott Byron & Co. and includes a spectacular, two-story entryway with dual staircases, a chef’s kitchen by de Giulio Design, and a long list of bonus features that includes a relaxing spa with a fireplace, a luxurious theater, and a wine cellar with pebble stone floors.
Designed by Daniel Burnham, this stately Neoclassical residence has been renovated with all the modern bells and whistles. In addition to a spacious open kitchen and great room and large living areas, the interior offers tons of bonus space, including a wood-paneled den, a clubby billiards room with tartan wall-to-wall carpeting, and a luxe cinema. In back, a large curved veranda overlooks the swimming pool and beautifully landscaped gardens, and there’s also a new three-car garage with a coach house.
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Tate Gunnerson is a Chicago-based freelance journalist with an equal appreciation for natural beauty and good design. He is a passionate supporter of St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital and the National Kidney Foundation.