Lake Bluff’s Lansdowne on Sale for Almost $20 Million

June 26, 2010

One of the largest and most expensive pieces of Chicago area real estate has gone up in price, and its tax bill is equivalent to the price of a house.

The Lansdowne Estate is listed at $19.6 million.

The European-styled mansion and its 21-acre lakefront property, located at 600 Lansdowne Lane in Lake Bluff, is known as Lansdowne.

It was listed in 2001 by industrialist Ronald Friedman for a then-record $25 million. Friedman couldn’t get that much and, in 2007, sold the estate to Orren Pickell Designers & Builders for $16 million.

Pickell renovated the home in Spring 2009 and put it on the market for $20.62 million. A few weeks later, the price was reduced to $15.45 million.

On June 25, Lansdowne was relisted at $19.6 million.

The grand double staircase.

The three-story, 14,845-square-foot Georgian has 24 rooms including 10 bedrooms, nine full baths and two half baths, a sunroom, a library, an exercise room, a beautiful double staircase, three fireplaces, 12-foot ceilings, a wine cellar, a billiards room, a full finished basement, a full finished attic and floor-to-ceiling windows with stunning views of Lake Michigan.

The cul-de-sac property includes a sunken bronze pool, a pool house, a 5,000-square-foot coach house with two apartments and 11.25 acres of greenery, a pond and a ravine.

The home was built in 1911 by architect Benjamin Marshall, who designed Chicago’s Drake Hotel, and landscaped by Jens Jensen, who was the most significant Midwest landscape architect of his time.

Check out the size of that basement!

Lansdowne was built for Harry and Elizabeth Francis Clow. Harry Clow was part of a prominent Chicago family who manufactured plumbing equipment in the city. In 1907, he became president of his wife’s family’s business; Rand McNally, the map empire.

The estate was the site of the first polo match in the Midwest in 1896. George Patton played there. Some movies were also filmed there including “Chain Reaction” in 1996 and “Kissing a Fool” in 1998.

Now back to taxes. The 2009 tax bill for Lansdowne, its beautiful home, views and grounds: $236,074.

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