Judy Biggert Lists Hinsdale Mansion for $3.15 Million

May 05, 2014
Judy Biggert

U.S. Rep. Judy Biggert in 2012. (Armando L. Sanchez/Chicago Tribune / May 2, 2014)

Former U.S. Rep. Judy Biggert on Thursday listed her historic, seven-bedroom mansion on more than 1 acre in Hinsdale for $3.15 million.

Republican Biggert, 76, served in the U.S. House for seven terms before losing her re-election bid in 2012 to Bill Foster in a newly reconfigured district.

Now, Biggert and her husband Rody have decided to list their mansion of 43 years, which was built in 1864 and was built by Hinsdale’s founder, William Robbins. The couple bought the house in 1971 for $80,000 from Rody Biggert’s mother, Helen Palmer.

“They’re going to downsize because all their children are married and gone,” said listing agent John Bohnen of County Line Properties. “They’re going to stay in the area.”

Features in the 5,768-square-foot house include 5-1/2 baths and 11-foot ceilings, all on a 1.05-acre parcel.  Throughout its history, the house has been expanded, remodeled and even repositioned.

“Those of us from Hinsdale have known that house as long as we’ve lived here,” Bohnen said. “It just has a special meaning, and a long, long history.  And it’s been transformed a couple of times.”

Bohnen noted that a house on 1 acre in southeast Hinsdale recently was razed after that property sold for $2.4 million, effectively setting the value of a 1-are lot in Hinsdale.

“The price of Judy’s house is underpinned by the fact that not only is the house gorgeous and historic, but it also sits on $2.5 million worth of land,” Bohnen said.  “Not that this home will ever be torn down, though; it won’t.”

This post was originally published on on May 2, 2014.

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