1233 Crain St

Evanston, IL 60202 View Map $2,850,000 Schedule a Tour

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Status: Active
Property Type:Detached Single
MLS #:11980710
Sq. Feet:7,889
On Site:102 Days
A once-in-a-lifetime opportunity located in the heart of Evanston's Historic Ridge District! This house is more than a home; it's a piece of Evanston's rich history, offering a blend of architectural significance, elegant living, and comfort, all within approximately 8,000 square feet. Designed in 1909 by the renowned architect Ernest Mayo, with its unparalleled 1.04-acre lot, stunning grounds, and storied past, this historic property offers a unique chance to own the largest private residential property in Evanston. From the moment you enter this 9bd/5.2ba mansion, you'll be captivated by the stately foyer, complete with arched thresholds and decorated oak floors leading to a grand staircase that makes you feel as though you're walking through history as you rise to the second floor. The home features beautiful hardwood floors throughout, adding to the traditional feel. The expansive living room and intimate, wood-paneled library each have elegant gas fireplaces framed in stone. The sunroom features floor-to-ceiling windows, affording a breathtaking view of the largest outdoor living space in Evanston. The extra-large kitchen features clay tile floors, wood cabinets, 2-inch granite countertops, and top-of-the-line appliances, including a Viking cooktop and a 36-inch KitchenAid refrigerator. With its adjoining butler's pantry, this kitchen can accommodate even the most lavish dinner parties and gatherings. The kitchen-adjacent family and dining areas have impressive 11-foot ceilings that soar to over 18 feet, views of the formal English rose garden, with access to both the back patio and garden. The butler's pantry opens into a sunlit space with beautiful columns leading to an elegant formal dining room with a cozy fireplace. The second floor offers four bedrooms, two of which are ensuite, and two offices, including the ensuite primary bedroom, which features a beautiful fireplace, and connects to a roomy dressing room with a Juliet balcony overlooking the downstairs living room, and a separate walk-in closet. Originally designed as a ballroom, the third floor now includes four spacious bedrooms - one of which is ensuite with a walk-in closet - a half bathroom, and a dedicated 19'6" x 17'6" family room. The sprawling one-acre yard is a true marvel, boasting sweeping professionally landscaped picturesque grounds, a [insert dimensions] in-ground pool, and an award-winning formal English rose garden previously featured in Smithsonian Magazine. The historic cupola -also designed by Ernest Mayo - was rescued from the original Evanston Town Hall. With cozy seating areas, tranquil ponds, and a trellised garden, the yard makes for an enchanting setting for events, weddings, and private concerts. Adjacent to the rose gardens sits a detached three-car garage, crowned by a charming, 800-square-foot, one-bedroom coach house. Designed by Ken Hasslet and fully renovated in 2001, its cozy yet spacious layout presents possibilities as a guest residence, rental income, or both. This home has a few surprises that you have to see to believe. Fascinating details include a hidden passageway from the library to the kitchen stairwell disguised as a bookshelf, a butler's pantry off the first-floor kitchen, a wine cellar, and a hidden pathway leading from the foyer to the kitchen. Located in Evanston's Historic Ridge District, this home is just a short distance from Evanston's bustling downtown. Outdoor enthusiasts will appreciate the community's numerous nature paths, parks, and public beaches. The property is conveniently located near public transportation, Northwestern University, Dewey Elementary, Nichols Middle School, and Evanston Township High School. All of these amenities are within easy reach, and downtown Chicago is just a quick drive or train ride away.

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Community Information

Address:1233 Crain St, Evanston, IL 60202
Zip Code:60202

School Information

School District:65
Middle School:Nichols Middle School
Elementary School:Dewey Elementary School


Bedrooms: 9
Bathrooms: 5 Full / 2 Half
Year Built:1909
Exterior Construction Type: Brick
Age Range: 100+ Years
Type Detached: 3 Stories
Roof: Shake
Foundation: Concrete Perimeter
Basement: Partially Finished, Egress Window, Rec/Family Area, Storage Space
Basement Type: Full
Garage Type: Detached
Garage Features: Garage Door Opener(s), 7 Foot or more high garage door
Attached Garage: Yes
Parking: Garage

Features / Amenities

Fireplace Features: Masonry
Fireplaces Total: 4
Rooms: Bedroom 5, Bedroom 6, Bedroom 7, Bedroom 8, Bedroom 9
Exterior Features: Patio, In Ground Pool, Storms/Screens
Other Structures: Gazebo, Guest House, Pergola, Shed(s), Storage, Utility Building(s)
Parking Total: 3
Garage Spaces: 3
Air Conditioning: Central Air, Space Pac, Zoned
Heat Source / Type: Natural Gas, Forced Air, Radiator(s)
Fireplace(s): Family Room, Living Room, Master Bedroom, Den/Library
Total Rooms:13

Property Features

Lot Dimensions:1.0-1.99 Acres
Sewer: Public Sewer
Water: Lake Michigan
Electric: Circuit Breakers, 200+ Amp Service
Open House Count: 0
Open House Update: 2024-03-04T19:56:56
Directions:Corner of Asbury and Crain.

Tax and Financial Info

Tax Year: 2021
Tax Annual Amount: $30,452
Ownership: Fee Simple



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