4518 S. Drexel Blvd. – Chicago mansion for sale

4518 S. Drexel Blvd., Chicago, IL 60653 Photo

4518 S. Drexel Blvd., Chicago, IL 60653

This week I toured the mansion for sale at 4518 S. Drexel Blvd. in Chicago’s North Kenwood District. It is designated as a Chicago Landmark.

The home was designed by Chicago architect Horatio Wilson. Wilson designed other mansions in the area including 4801 S Ellis Ave. He built a home for himself in the area.

There are 4 levels including a basement in this 10,000 SF home built in 1895. It has 6 bedrooms, 4 full bathrooms and one half bathroom.

When I toured 4518 S. Drexel Blvd. I noticed 5 features that make it stand out from other Chicago mansions for sale.

      1. The original woodwork has been restored and there is a tremendous amount of ornate work.
      2. Part of the ceiling above a huge room on the 2nd floor (original ballroom?) was removed opening it to another large room on the 3rd floor.
      3. Numerous large mirrors surrounded by woodwork.
      4. A coach house with a 4 car garage and three-bedroom apartment above
      5. 6 fireplaces

The mansion was built for a Dr. Krause. Unfortunately, it was not maintained over the years. The current owner purchased it in 2010 as a foreclosure for $301,000 and had it completely renovated.

There is a deck on the back of the home off the kitchen. A roof deck could be added. There’s also a terrace on the front of the home on the second level that just needs finishing.

The lot has a lawn in the front and a little yard in the back. The vacant lot immediately to the north is owned by the city.

Stairs to 2nd Floor and First Floor Hallway Photo

Stairs to 2nd Floor and First Floor Hallway

4518 S. Drexel Blvd. is located less than 9 blocks from President Obama’s home in Chicago. It’s 7 blocks from the Metra Electric Line 47th Street Station. 4518 S. Drexel Blvd. is roughly a mile north of the University of Chicago.

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Fran Bailey Fran Bailey is a Realtor who has been quoted in numerous Chicago and national publications. To schedule showings for any listings, get a free market analysis for your home or to contact Fran email her at fran.bailey@bairdwarner.com or call 773-793-4516. Learn More