Photography: Compass

Chicago’s property market is hot at the moment, with 31% of new listings accepting an offer within a week of hitting the market. That’s according to Redfin.

This 1893 lakeside property built for paper box manufacturer George Kroeck and his wife, Bertha, is among the city’s Gilded Age gems. The historic double-lot home is just 1,000 ft from the shore of Lake Michigan and was the first build on West Lakeside Place. This Uptown enclave attracted Chicago’s ambitious industrialists at the end of the 19th century.

This Queen Anne style home is listed for $1.1m via Compass and expands across 15 rooms and four storeys, and each is brimming with historic features starting with the dramatic entranceway. This show-stopping space is outfitted with a hand-crafted wooden staircase and oak wall panels that evoke bygone grandeur.

Wainscoting, bronzer fixtures and pocket doors are all original and restored, while electrics, plumbing, tuckpointing and roofing are updated.

The hand-turned staircase connects four storeys of the property
Photography: Compass (c)
One of six bedrooms inside the property. Windows and woodwork are all original.
Photography: Compass (c)
The exterior of the home features a corinthian column-supported timber porch and turreted roofline
Photography: Compass (c)

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