A Chicago mansion in the city’s Gold Coast historic district sold Monday for $7.5 million, the highest-priced sale in the Chicago area this year, according to public MLS information.
The 10,000-square-foot three-story home has a brick and stone facade, and a contemporary interior with six bedrooms, six full and three half bathrooms.
The record-breaker was sold by Anita Lisek and her husband, Bart Przyjemski; the couple founded Chicago homebuilding firm Noah Properties.
They paid $3.1 million for the house in March 2014, according to property records.
“My husband bought the home as my Mother’s Day gift,” Ms. Lisek said. “He knew I always wanted to live in the heart of Gold Coast. It was my dream. We loved the location and saw the potential in the home. Plus it was one of the wider homes available and that was huge for us.”
But the 1890s home was badly rundown inside at that time, according to Ms. Lisek. The couple added an attached garage and the basement was excavated to get more ceiling height.
“The only original part that stayed was the front facade,” Ms. Lisek said. “We brought it back to life.”
The mansion has all new upgrades throughout except its historical facade, including large-plank floors, glass handrails on the staircases, smart home automation and a media room with a 120-inch screen, according to the listing.
The house has five outdoor decks, including the rooftop, which features a fire pit. There are also two outdoor grilling stations, a chef’s kitchen, three wet bars and three laundry rooms.
After spending almost three years building their dream home, the couple listed it in February of this year with Beata Gaska of Sergio & Banks Real Estate for just under $9 million. However, in July they cut the price by $1 million. It went under contract in early September, and the sale closed Wednesday, according to Ms.Lisek.
“We cut the price because we decided to move to the suburbs for more space for our three kids. We had found land we really loved so we got more motivated to sell,” Ms. Lisek said.
The listing agent declined to comment.
The Gold Coast sale beat a $7.2 million home sold on Grant Place in Lincoln Park, which had been sitting at the top of the list since this January, according to public records.
The sale of the Liseks’ home was for first reported by Chicago Tribune.
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