The former North Shore home of internationally renowned Chicago-based interior designer Richard Himmel is up for grabs for the first time in years.
Built in 1971, the four-bedroom, seven-bath mansion in suburban Northbrook, Illinois, sports unusual architecture that combines post modernism elements with a classic Beaux Arts country estate. Crain’s Dennis Rodkin, who had the initial scoop on the listing before it hit the market, described the unique style as “Beverly Hills circa 1970.”
Himmel was known for his design work for high-profile clients, such as Muhammad Ali, as well as authoring more than a dozen best-selling novels. The longtime Chicagoan sold the mansion to its current owners in the early 1980s before passing away in 2000 at the age of 79.
Other notable features include walls of windows and herringbone patterned hardwood floors. The home is situated on an impressive two-acre plot that includes a tennis court, koi pond, and a landscape of rare and imported trees and perennials.
While the Himmel-designed residence is heavy on the West Coast vibe, its asking price is a bit more Midwestern. It’s currently available for $1,395,000.
- 1375 Rosemary Lane, Northbrook IL [Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices KoenigRubloff]
- Beverly Hills circa 1970 in Northbrook [Crain’s]
- Richard Himmel, 79, Interior Designer [Chicago Tribune]