4845 S Ellis Avenue

Chicago, Illinois 60615

Chris J. Secaur

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Property Type
Single Family
Community Area

Although Benjamin Marshall is best known as the architect of lavish hotels and luxurious apartments, he began his career as the designer of large single-family urban houses. His partnership with Horatio Wilson produced high-style residences for wealthy businessmen, most of which were located in the Kenwood neighborhood on the city's south side. The majestic buildings of the Columbian Exposition inspired Marshall to become an architect; he became partners with Wilson at the age of 21. Young and charismatic, Marshall was versatile working in a variety of styles, as exemplified by this grand Tudor estate designed for Elliott Phelps in 1902. Sheathed in brick and detailed in limestone, the 9,000 sq ft house is situated on a verdant lot that showcases its wide porch, bay windows, steep gables and elaborate chimneys, while allowing for a porte-cochere and side driveway that lead to a stylistically similar coach house. This historically significant home exhibits grand and elegant entertaining spaces on the main level with two levels of private family space above, all surrounded by gated verdant grounds covering more than a half-acre. The current owners spent 18 months restoring the house to its original magnificent appearance; in 2008 the house was the recipient of Chicago Commission on Landmark's Preservation Excellence Award. In addition to the stunning exterior aesthetic, the interiors were restored and all mechanical systems are now state-of-the-art. Wilson & Marshall's houses featured luxurious interiors filled with finishes of inlaid mahogany and classical plaster work, and these are found throughout this 6-bedroom, 5 and 1/2 bath residence. From the moment you enter 4845 South Ellis, it is apparent this is truly one of the most extraordinary homes in the Kenwood Landmark District. Double mahogany and leaded glass doors open from the massive arched porch, leading one through a mosaic tiled vestibule into a classically detailed reception area with a grand staircase and welcoming fireplace, one of six in the home. The floor plan is perfect for entertaining, as imposing pocket doors open to the grand living room, with its lavish original mahogany millwork and beamed ceiling. The dramatic dining room offers seating for a dozen guests, with views overlooking the well-manicured grounds. Other spaces for enjoyment on the main level include the billiard room with its charming window seats, leaded glass windows and massive fireplace, a light-filled enclosed porch, and a cozy den with an adjacent outdoor terrace. And the kitchen is a chef's dream come true, with pantry storage, wet bar, top of the line appliances and built-in seating area. The impressive stairway rises three stories, past a sunlit seating area on the landing to a spacious sitting room that connects the three oversized bedrooms, each with an ensuite bath and heated floors. The owners' suite encompasses the entire north side of the second level and features large windows with a view of the neighborhood, the warmth of a fireplace, two generous walk-in closets and a luxurious bath with soaking tub and separate steam shower. And the practical has not been overlooked; closets are ample and the two-room laundry area is conveniently located. The third level has an enormous family room, 3 bedrooms and 2 full baths. The lower is unfinished, but primed with heated concrete floors, plumbing for 2 baths, caterer's kitchen and bar - leaving an abundance of space for a future wine cellar, gymnasium or home theater. Amid the fruit trees, herb garden and lush lawns are seating areas and a half basketball court. Additionally the coach house provides heated parking for up to 6 cars, and offers a 4-bdrm 2-bath apartment perfect for use as an office. Marshall was one of the country's most successful architects, yet preferred to think of himself as an artist. This is a home for the ages, where you can write the next chapter of its extraordinary history.

Full Features
Exterior Type: Brick
Basement: Unfinished
Beds Above Grade: 6
Beds Below Grade: 0
Cooling System: Central Air
Heating System: Gas, Hot Water/Steam
Appliances: Oven/Range, Microwave, Dishwasher, High End Refrigerator, Washer, Dryer, Disposal, All Stainless Steel Kitchen Appliances, Wine Cooler/Refrigerator, Range Hood
Main Level Primary Bedroom: No
Fireplace: Yes
Pool: No
Age: 100+ Years
Parking Type: Garage
Parking Spaces: 6
Roof Type: Tile
Room Count: 16
Water Front: No
Square Feet: 9,610
Tax Amount: $57,088
Tax Year: 2019
Internal Features: Sauna/Steam Room, Bar-Wet, Hardwood Floors, 2nd Floor Laundry, Built-in Features, Walk-In Closet(s)

Room Information
Living Room: 36X26 - Main Level
Dining Room: 20X20 - Main Level
Kitchen: 21X13 - Main Level
Primary Bedroom: 20X20 - 2nd Level
2nd Bedroom: 25X20 - 2nd Level
3rd Bedroom: 20X20 - 2nd Level
4th Bedroom: 19X17 - 3rd Level
5th Bdrm: 23X16 - 3rd Level
6th Bdrm: 29X15 - 3rd Level
Breakfast Rm: 12X6 - Main Level
Den: 14X11 - Main Level
Office: 18X15 - 2nd Level

Taxes & Assessments
Taxes: $57,088

Listing information updated 9/19/2020 at 4:23pm

Listing Office: Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices Chicago

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Neighborhoods: North Kenwood

Located on the shores of Lake Michigan, Kenwood has been home to esteemed residents such as Muhammad Ali, Muddy Waters and former President Barack Obama. With easy access to the lakeshore, the South Side neighborhood once served as an escape…

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School District(s)
City Of Chicago SD 299
Elementary School
Reavis Elem Math & Sci Spec Schl
Middle School
Kenwood Academy High School, Reavis Elem Math & Sci Spec Schl
High School
Kenwood Academy High School

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Nearby Public Transportation

CTA Rail

at 47th (0.94 miles away)

Metra Electric Main Branch, South Shore, Metra Electric South Chicago Branch

at 47th St Metra (0.55 miles away), 57th Street, 67th St Metra


4845 S Ellis Avenue Chicago, Illinois 60615 is a single family home currently listed at $3,200,000. 4845 S Ellis Avenue features 6 bedroom(s) and 6 bath(s). This single family home has been listed on @properties since August 19th, 2020 and was built in 1902. Nearby schools include Reavis Elem Math & Sci Spec Schl, Kenwood Academy High School. The nearest transit stops include 47th CTA Green line, Metra Electric Main Branch 47th St Metra. Want to learn more about 4845 S Ellis Avenue Chicago, Illinois 60615? Contact an @properties agent to request more info.

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