1316 N Astor Street
- Chicago, IL
Sold | February 2023 | $3.750m
Located in the Astor Street Historic District of Chicago's Gold Coast, this magnificent Romanesque Revival rowhouse was built by Potter Palmer in 1903. This home is a stunning contemporary redesign by Wheeler Kearns architects created in 1992 with a focus on light and open spaces using materials that retain a sense of calm elegance. Expansive use of rich Macacauba wood on multiple levels surrounds an impressive "scissor" staircase that provides the center point to grand rooms, soaring ceilings and bold modern lines. Walls of glass throughout provide abundant natural light and showcase the home's many connected spaces. The home is a harmonious blend of contemporary style and architectural significance. Encompassing approximately 10,000 square feet, massive room sizes offer sophisticated living with uninterrupted light that fills the space through a four-story atrium. Appointed with fully automated blinds, four marble fireplaces and elevator access at all levels. An expansive entry opens to the 30-foot-long living room with 12-foot ceilings framed by five full-length windows leading to secondary seating and an impressive dining area. An oversized eat-in kitchen offers natural light and views through the double-level glass wall overlooking the center courtyard. Secure private access to the outdoor space and the three-car garage on this level. The second floor features a large ensuite bedroom and family room with a half bath and access to one of the two laundry areas. A unique terrace with a large, cabana-style outdoor space is accessed through a 22' iron framed walkway with views over the lower level courtyard. The third level features a full-floor primary suite with hardwood floors, a connecting sitting room, a large white marble bath with double vanities, an oversized enclosed shower, and a jetted tub with an additional half bath and two dressing rooms. The upper floor provides a large ensuite bedroom, an additional room of equal size with hardwood floors and access to a full bath and a built-in home office workspace under a ceiling of skylights. The lower level offers a multitude of opportunities. The ideal space for a home gym, library, media room or home theater, or two additional bedroom suites, one with a private entrance. Laundry, mechanical room and extra storage. Exceptional Value. Exceptional Location.
This property was originally co-listed with Craig Hogan and Sherri Kramer at Coldwell Banker Realty
The Gold Coast Historic District is luxury, personified. Gold Coast, as the name denotes, is one of the finest neighborhoods in the country. Growing in the wake of the Great Chicago Fire in 1871, the legendary neighborhood gained an early reputation for affluence as it was home to many important Chicago families who have contributed to the social, cultural, and economic history of the city. To this day, it maintains this air of prestige, ranking as one of the most expensive areas of Chicago and the 7th most affluent urban area in America.
Bordering the Lake Michigan shoreline, Gold Coast is part of Chicago's Near North Side community area, roughly bounded by Chicago Avenue to North Avenue and the Lakefront to Clark. Historic mansions, boutiques, celebrated restaurants, and historic hotels line the main streets as several sections awaken at night.
Living in the Gold Coast
In the Gold Coast, you’ll find vintage row houses mixed with doorman high-rises, mid-rise condo buildings, and co-ops. The blend of architecture is part of its allure. The historical styles vary from Queen Anne and Richardsonian Romanesque to Georgian Revival, but several prominent 21st-century high-rises dominate the skyline.
Gold Coast is one of Chicago’s more expensive districts. Home prices in Gold Coast are generally in line with their other nearby neighborhoods with glamorous penthouses and opulent mansions fetching the highest prices.
A Night Out
Chicago’s most glittering neighborhood is a trove of Michelin-starred dining and trendy food spots, including Somerset, Gibsons Bar & Steakhouse, Hugos Frog Bar & Fish House, Maple & Ash, Le Colonial, La Storia, and Margeaux Brasserie. After dinner, take a quiet twilight stroll north of Division and enjoy some of the neighborhood’s romance and historic architecture. If it’s a cocktail you’re in the mood for then you're in luck. Be sure to try the old-fashioned hotel bar Sparrow for sugar cane spirits.
The Perfect Sunday
Since Gold Coast is home to the Magnificent Mile, you’ll want to take full advantage of all the luxurious shopping awaiting you. Just off Magnificent Mile are smaller but-oh-so-chic designer stores and posh salons lining Oak Street. If you fancy yourself a book lover, then you may also enjoy spending a quiet afternoon in the 100+ years-old Newberry Library, which is home to over 1.5 million books.
Like most Chicago neighborhoods, Gold Coast is a walker’s paradise. Even so, there are abundant local transportation options for getting around the city. By train, you’re 17 minutes from The Loop, 25 minutes from the Merchandise Mart, 32 minutes from Union Station, and 25 minutes from Millennium Park. You’ll have access to several CTA train lines and bus routes. Major highways are also fairly easy to access by car.
Culture lovers will have their pick of art, music, and theater in the Gold Coast. Perhaps one of its most famous landmarks is the Museum of Contemporary Art, which has grown to include more than 2,000 works of contemporary art. The historic Charley-Persky House, created by two of America’s most famous architects – Louis Sullivan and his young apprentice Frank Lloyd Wright – is another Gold Coast favorite. Fans of theater can drop in to see a play at A Red Orchid Theater, an edgy theatre company on Wells Street, or see a Broadway show at the Broadway Playhouse at Water Tower Place in the Magnificent Mile. Each year in June, Gold Coast co-hosts the Gold Coast River North Art Fair at Grant Park, a family-friendly fair that features everything from paintings to sculpture and jewelry from 200 juried artists, plus live music, food, beer, wine, and sangria. Lastly, the stunning Cathedral District bordering Gold Coast is a must-see for architecture fans.
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