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House That Margarine Built Re-Lists For $3.5M in Old Town

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One of the larger freestanding homes on the North Side is back on the market 14 months after de-listing. The 6/5 Old Town mansion, built for margarine inventor John F. Jelke, has led a very full life: born in the 1890s, the mansion eventually transferred to Jelke's heirs—one a pimp and one an issuer of presidential death threats—who sold off the property to halfway house operators in the '40s. Many years later, the mansion was reclaimed for the luxury market and had a starring role in at least one Playboy shoot. The home measures approximately 9,200 square feet, with 12-foot ceilings, seven original fireplaces, birch pocket doors, intricate molding, skylights, elevator, five-car garage, and a 2/2 garden apartment. Selling for $2.95M in 2002, the expired 2011 listing sought $3.2M— now hiked to $3.499M.
·Listing: 1352 N LaSalle Blvd. [Conlon]
·Old Town Mansion with a Colorful History Back on the Market [Curbed Chicago]