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Gold Coast mansion listed for $12.6M is among the most expensive in city

A five-bedroom, 11,000-square-foot vintage Romanesque Revival-style mansion on the Gold Coast was listed Monday for $12.59 million.

The Astor Street mansion is owned by Robert L. Cummings and his wife, Annette Bacola. Cummings is the co-founder of private equity firm Wind Point Partners.

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Built in 1891 and designed by architect Joseph Lyman Silsbee for businessman and city controller Horatio N. May, the four-story greystone mansion has been completely renovated and has 9½ baths, rift-sawn white oak floors, custom cabinets and millwork, two staircases, an elevator, a billiards room and a dining room with a coffered ceiling. The mansion's top level has three bedroom suites, while the lower level has a theater, a wine cellar and tasting room, a spa, a fitness room and a catering kitchen.

Listing agent Emily Sachs Wong of @properties said the renovation of the mansion was comprehensive.

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"In the Gold Coast, you typically don't get extreme sunlight, but with the way that the house has angles inside, the sunlight is outstanding and it has fabulous outdoor space and a huge attached garage. It's a family house, and it can work for so many different owners," Wong said.

The mansion is next door to the more than 12,500-square-foot mansion that gubernatorial candidate J.B. Pritzker purchased in 2006 for $14.5 million through a Delaware limited liability company and currently occupies. Pritzker also owns another mansion immediately to the south of his own mansion, which he purchased in 2007 for $3.675 million.

Cummings and Bacola's mansion is currently one of the most expensive residential listings within Chicago's city limits, after a $50 million mansion listing in Lincoln Park. There are also three other residences under development that are actively listed and considered to be among the city's most expensive: proposed $15.5 million and $13 million mansions in Lincoln Park and a 7,100-square-foot, 35th-floor penthouse in the tower at 9 W. Walton St., which is a building that is due to be completed early next year.

Bob Goldsborough is a freelance reporter.



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