Supposedly built for a “wealthy Dutch tile merchant” in the late 19th century, this unusual Hyde Park mansion is an eclectic mix of historic architectural details and, naturally, a smattering of old-school handmade tiles.
Decorated with a healthy dose of animal print, the six-bedroom property features leaded stained glass windows, beveled mirrors, and an original living room fire place. Though the first floor is currently set up as an “in-law” apartment, it could be recombined with the rest of the home if so desired. The 4,600-square-foot mansion also sports a bright kitchen and a curving exterior with a turret-like wraparound third floor balcony.
Out back, the property sports an outdoor terrace and elevated rear yard flanked by ivy-covered walls. A driveway leads to a coach house apartment and a three-car garage with an electric turntable to spare drivers the inconvenience of backing out.
Located steps from Hyde Park’s University of Chicago campus, Jackson Park, and the 57th Street Beach, this South Side home returned to the market in “as is” condition as part of an estate sale. Currently seeking $1.49 million, the asking price has come down a bit since the property first listed for $1.75 million this summer.
- 5620 S. Blackstone Avenue, Chicago IL [Estately]
- Previous Hyde Park coverage [Curbed Chicago]