Seller Story: Historic Hyde Park mansion

I'm starting a new series today called "Seller Stories." Seller Stories are interviews that will give you a proverbial peak behind the curtains into why homeowners love the home they are selling. 

We kick of the series with an incredible classic Hyde Park mansion. Just listed today, this 6 bed 5/1 bath home was built in 1896 by the same architect that built the Drake Hotel. Nestled on a private double lot, the property is brimming with unique antique detailing--truly one of those, "They just don't build 'em like they used to!" type of properties. 

Stats:
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List price: $1,750,000
6 beds, 5/1 baths
Double lot
3 bed, 2 bath coach house (included)

How long have you lived in your home?
Seven years.

Why did you originally move here?
My husband and I work at University of Chicago, so Hyde Park was the natural choice. We had the opportunity to buy on the north side, but we wanted to be close to work. Hyde Park allowed for a short commute without traffic. On top of that, we love the Laboratory School for our kids. It's such a fabulous school. And after living here just a short time we totally fell in love with the neighborhood, it's very posh. 

How did you pick this particular home? 
Honestly, it was love at first sight. The home wasn't even on the market yet, but we saw someone installing the sign out front. We begged for a tour, and the rest is history. Within an hour were putting together our offer. 

What is your favorite part of your home?
We all love the garden. It feels like such a luxury having such a large personal outdoor space so close to work. Inside, I love the library, or what used to be called the music room. It's such a unique room with a a very large built-in mirror. With the big windows, it's also the perfect place for reading. 

What will you remember most about your home?
I will never forget all of the huge parties we threw. We hosted awesome Halloween costume parties and all of the children’s birthdays. And because we have so much land, all of the parties were half inside and half in the garden. The kids were happy playing outside and stopping in for a snack while the adults were comfortable inside. 

Did you have any special holiday traditions in your home?
Every year we have a huge Christmas tree right next to the window. In our neighborhood, everyone really makes an effort to decorate. On Halloween we have what feels like thousands of trick-or-treaters come through!

What is your favorite part of the neighborhood?
I love that there are so many parks within walking distance. We stroll with the dog and children and feel safe amidst all of the gorgeous homes. Each walk feels like a sight seeing tour. We actually do have tour buses that come through the area to highlight all of the historic homes. It's also such a friendly area. We always run into colleagues or a friend also out for a walk.                 

What are your favorite local establishments?
Treasure Island: A very nice super market
Wesley's Shoes: A great shoe store for the whole family. They have a popcorn machine, so the kids are always up for going! 
Toys Et Cetera: The kids love this toy store
Bonjour Cafe Bakery: The owner is a French woman who makes the most amazing cakes and sweets
La Petit Folie: The owner trained in France and they feature a very nice menu

How long is your commute?
Our commute is ten minutes, or ten blocks--however you want to look at it! 

What is the general vibe of your neighborhood?        
Very family-friendly, very nice, and quiet--a pocket of heaven in a busy city. Once you come to this little area, you never want to leave.      

Editor's note: If you're looking to buy or sell in Hyde Park, I'd love to help! 

Listing presented by Paul Barker of Baird & Warner