The historic landmark McGill House, a "Chateauesque" mansion built by Henry Ives Cobb for physician and entrepreneur John A. McGill in 1891, is now a collection of inexpensive condominiums in southern Kenwood. McGill was a Toronto native and heir to his family's fur trading fortune (a fortune that produced Montreal's McGill University). A medieval-meets-French Renaissance style of home rarely seen in these parts, the limestone monster fronts Drexel Boulevard and, amazingly, holds 34 condos (dubbed McGill Parc). For the big spender, try unit 106 — a 2-bed duplex with obvious upgrades throughout. The unit sports hardwood floors, newer kitchen, one-and-a-half baths, and in-unit laundry. A first-floor condo, owners get direct courtyard access via a sliding glass door. New to market, the asking price is $99,900 with monthly dues of $435. Don't mind wrestling with a short sale and staler interiors? Then pay a visit to a listed unit of the same size, #110, on the market for just $59K. There's one more unembellished option— unit 205, newly listed for $84,900.
·Listing: 4938 S Drexel Blvd #106 [Jameson Sotheby's]
·Landmark Designation Report: McGill House (pdf) [City of Chicago]