After hitting the market for $3.65 million late last year, a 1909 mansion designed by renowned architect George W. Maher in Uptown’s Buena Park community is now available as $20,000 rental. The stately 10,000-square-foot home includes five bedrooms, five full baths, and two half baths, and stands on an oversized corner parcel spanning nearly six standard city lots.
Though not as famous as Frank Lloyd Wright, Maher is considered a key figure in the Prairie School movement during the early 20th century. His work deviated somewhat from that of his contemporaries, and blended the newer Arts and Crafts style with more traditional design elements.
His unique style is evident in the exterior of 839 W. Hutchinson Street, which features nods to both classic English estates and the horizontal lines of the Prairie School. Inside, you’ll find plenty of original woodwork and a paneled foyer with a grand staircase and numerous modern updates and repairs: new tuckpointing, plumbing, and electrical systems and a renovated kitchen, solarium, and master suite.
At $20,000 per month, the Buena Park mansion is one of the most expensive rental properties available in the city right now. It is eclipsed by a Waldorf Astoria condo renting for $37,500 and the priciest unit in the NEMA Chicago apartment high-rise priced at $25,000 a month. There’s also the flashy penthouse atop Old Town Park which, despite hitting the market asking a headline-grabbing $45,000 per monthly, is currently still up for grabs for a more reasinable $21,317.