4801 S Ellis Ave – Chicago mansion for sale

Last week I toured the mansion for sale at 4801 S Ellis Ave in Chicago’s Hyde Park – Kenwood Historic District. The home was designed by Chicago architect Horatio Wilson. Wilson built a home for himself just one block to the south of 4801 S Ellis.

4801 S Ellis, Chicago, IL 60615 Photo

4801 S Ellis Ave, Chicago, IL 60615

There are 4 levels including a basement in this 8,800 SF home built in 1908. It has 6 bedrooms, 6 full bathrooms and 3 half bathrooms. There’s an attached 4 car garage. When I toured 4801 S Ellis Ave I noticed 5 features that make it stand out from other Chicago mansions for sale.

      1. A huge gardening room on the first floor with French doors to the back yard.
      2. 2 stairways, 1 of them surrounds a large dumbwaiter
      3. Beautifully preserved original woodwork
      4. A large climate-controlled wine cellar
      5. A huge 1/2 acre lot

The lot which is the size of 7 standard Chicago lots includes a play area, large terrace and gardens. It also has an outdoor fireplace and irrigation system.

4801 S Ellis Ave was renovated after its purchase in 2004. It’s a good example of how to incorporate modern amenities into a vintage home.

The mansion is located less than 4 blocks from President Obama’s home in Chicago. It’s 6 blocks from the Metra Electric Line 47th Street Station. 4801 S Ellis Ave is 10 blocks north of the University of Chicago.

4801 S Ellis Ave has some Hollywood connections. According to the seller’s agent, the home was featured in the 1996 movie “Chain Reaction” with Keanu Reaves.

The listing for this home is no longer available since the home was sold on August 22, 2013 .


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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