One of the biggest homes in the Chicago area is headed for the auction block next month. The 27,000-square-foot Winnetka mansion known as "Le Grand Reve" came on the market in 2009 for $32 million. By November 2010, it was down to a mere $23 million. Joe Zekas heard a rumor that it cost $35 million to build; the listing agent tells the Trib that it cost $40 million to build and furnish. But it's unlikely to sell for anywhere near that much money. Today, Concierge Auctions announced that the home will be auctioned to the highest bidder on October 29. From the Concierge website:
Steeped in Chicago's history and its architectural tradition, the property invokes one of the city's greatest builders: "Make no small plans for they do not stir the soul nor the imagination of men."When at a loss for words to describe a grandiose trophy house, you can always fall back on the most over-quoted quote in Chicago history.
· Le Grand Reve [Concierge Auctions]
· Once listed for $32M, Winnetka chateau goes to auction [Trib]
· Dreaming a Little Smaller at Le Grand Reve in Winnetka [Curbed Chicago]