A six-bedroom, 10,000-square-foot mansion in Evanston sold Friday for $4.9 million, which is the highest sale price of any house in Evanston history.
Built in 1911 and designed by Ernest Mayo, the Georgian Revival-style mansion overlooks Lake Michigan, Greenwood Street Beach and Burnham Shores Park and borders a sea wall. Because the mansion was built on fill, it's some 12 to 15 feet above the area to the east. As a result, when those in the house look to the east, "you see all the water, but you don't see that below, there's a beach with people on it," said listing agent Jennifer Ames of Coldwell Banker.
"It's an incredible lot," Ames told Elite Street. "It's beautifully landscaped with these huge mature trees including elm trees. It's very, very private."
Features in the house include a two-story limestone addition that was built to Mayo's original specifications and a lower level with a rec room, an exercise room, a spa and a wine cellar. Outside, the property has an attached two-car garage and a bluestone terrace.
Through a trust, sellers John and Eileen Henderson paid $1.4 million for the mansion in 1992.
Public records do not yet identify a buyer. The mansion first was formally listed in May for $5.29 million, although it was marketed as a pocket listing prior to that. The sale price topped Evanston's previous recordholder, which was the $4.5 million purchase in 2004 by a pair of philanthropists — retired Merrill Lynch Vice Chairman Chuck Lewis and his wife, University of Chicago Senior Research Associate Penny Sebring — of a 7,586-square-foot house on Lake Michigan in Evanston.
Bob Goldsborough is a freelance reporter.