Last week, Forbes struck again. Always out to find new ways to chronicle patterns of wealth, they've produced a ranking of the priciest zip codes in the land. Surprisingly, only one Chicagoland zip code made the top 100: Kenilworth, with an average listing price of $1,787,215. But six others are in the top 500, which affords us the chance to produce a handy little map. With the aid of Estately's Ryan Nickum, we matched up priciest zips to priciest properties. Included in the list are two perennial Curbed favorites: The Schweppe Estate and "Le Grand Reve". Otherwise, the properties are relatively anonymous and very bloated. Mapped below, in descending order: Kenilworth (60043); Winnetka (60093); Hinsdale (60521); South Barrington/Barrington Hills (60010); Lake Forest (60045); Burr Ridge (60527); and, Oak Brook (60523). Enjoy!Read More
Chicagoland: The Priciest Zips and Their Priciest Properties
326 Essex Rd, Kenilworth
This Daniel Burnham-designed classical revival has been recently renovated and includes 7 bedrooms, 7 baths, and 10,000+ square feet. The grounds, while not quite large enough to declare a principality, still accommodate a pool and coach house. The ask: $8.95M.
68 Locust Rd, Winnetka, IL
"Le Grand Reve" has garnered our attention before: just last week, in fact, when it re-listed for $27M after flopping at auction. Practically an amusement park, the 27,000-sqaure-foot home opens with a Tiffany Dome and continues with a spa, pool, and wine cellar. The functional aspects are an afterthought.
627 S Elm Street, Hinsdale, IL
In the third-priciest area zip code, this newly-built English Manor is a big step down from "Le Grand Reve" but certainly feels more livable. The harmonious layout extends to the landscaped grounds and patio. On the market for 18 months, the ask--$6.72M--is apparently "below today's construction costs".
8 Kaleigh Court, South Barrington, IL
The second most expensive listing among the top seven zip codes is this on demand country estate. Since there's only the rendering to go by, try and absorb this portrait: "Master artisans from vintage have created forty rooms of vision-evoking harmony and distinction." The ask: $16.9M. And so far from the lake!
405 North Mayflower Rd, Lake Forest, IL
The Schweppe Estate has held fast to its $12M ask for some time now. Designed by John G. Shedd in 1916, the 21,000-square-foot English mansion may actually be worth its weight in gold: it sits on 5 lakefront acres and boasts 27 incredibly ornate rooms. Oh, and it once asked $18M.
6110 S County Line Rd, Burr Ridge, IL
This estate also rocks some decent acreage, replete with patio, pool, and "babbling brook". The 7/8 new-build has rather pedestrian interiors, compared with some of the older mansions on the list. Still, it manages a pub bar, theater, wine cellar, and a truss ceiling. The ask: $5.995M.
105 Midwest Club Parkway, Oak Brook, IL
The cheapest on the list also belongs to the cheapest zip code. And, to be honest, except for the greenhouse kitchen and abundance of marble, this 5-bed is a bore. And why the gated community when all of Oak Brook is effectively gated? The ask: $4.995M.