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In Gold Coast, luxurious Astor Street mansion asks $8 million

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A stunning renovation of a historic home

We love the vertical lines on this wooden mantel.
Photos by Positive Image, courtesy of listing agent Beata Gaska of Sergio & Banks Real Estate

Astor Street, a city landmark and historic district, showcases some of the most beautiful, 19th century mansions where wealthy Chicagoans first lived. Today, there is a mix of townhouses and small apartment buildings from later years and high-rises surrounding the luxurious homes. One of the district’s older homes was just listed—and it’s pricey.

The rough-cut stone facade, and copper bay window and witches hat are the only features left that remind you this house was first built in 1886.

A thorough renovation of the five-story home on a corner lot has brought a reconfigured layout and luxurious designer interior. Every finish, fixture, appliance, and hardware are all brand new.

There are five bedrooms, six bathrooms, two powder rooms, a basement entertainment space with a glass wine room, laundry rooms on three floors, and two outdoor entertaining areas.

The dreamy master suite is on the second level and opens to a seating area that divides the bedroom and bathroom. There’s a large bay window, fireplace, walk-in closet, black-tiled shower and steam, soaking tub, and multiple vanity spaces. On that same level, a den area looks out through a double-height window to the outdoor lounge.

The open kitchen and butler’s pantry is all white and shares space with an informal living room. There’s no elegant dining room, but a formal living room at the entrance of the home. Of course, both spaces are equipped with fireplaces.

The outdoor spaces here fit with the rest of the house—large and luxurious. A spiral staircase connects two expansive terraces complete with stone and cement built-in fireplaces, hanging rattan chairs, and an outdoor kitchen (with a dishwasher too).

Located at 1246 Astor Street, this home is listed for $7,999,995.