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1144 Asbury Avenue

Evanston, IL 60202
  • $1,700,000
  • STATUS: Active
  • ON SITE: 89 Days
  • MLS #: 11927291
UPDATED: 46 min ago
$1,700,000
  • 8
    BEDS
  • N/A
    ACRES
  • 5
    BATHS
  • 2
    1/2 BATHS
  • 8,614
    SQFT
  • $197
    $/SQFT
Neighborhood:
Type:
Single-Family Home
Built:
1872
County:
Area:

School Information

Elementary School:
Middle School:
School District:
65

Description

Beautiful one of a kind home combines the elegance of the past with the modern amenities needed for today's living. Spacious 8614 square foot home on over 1/3 acre of land in the Ridge Historic District is nestled in a private, secluded section behind a fence of bushes. Entry hall with wonderful leaded windows welcomes you leading to an amazingly spacious living room with gorgeous crown molding, leaded windows, hardwood floors, woodburning/gas fireplace and a music room with grand piano and 2 harps. Large footprint allows for considerable room sizes which is seen in the formal dining room with a woodburning/gas fireplace and room for large seated dinner parties. Lovely architectural details are abundant throughout the home. Spacious kitchen with center island, granite and corian countertops designed by Carlson. Butler's panty has a working dumb waiter, glass doored cabinets, butcher block counter tops. New hardwood floor in family room has entertainment center with bookcases on two walls and door opening to patio overlooking wonderful professionally landscaped yard and garden as well as large side yard and 2-car garage. Second floor and third floor have 8 bedrooms, 4 of which have ensuite bathrooms. The full basement is unfinished. Fascinating history of the house is that due to polio epidemic of 1914, the owner, John Lindgren, built an open air school house so his daughter could teach the local children. A Chicago attorney, Edwin Ashcraft bought home in 1918 and soon remodeled the original Lindgren home using the well-known North Shore residential Architects Mayo and Mayo. He added a 3-car garage and later an apartment over the garage to make the coachhouse. He also redid the school house so that his son, who was a jazz musician and going to law school could live in it. Hi son, Edwin Ashcraft III, whose nickname was Squirrel, invited many musicians to come and jam together. The home became known as the Jazz House in the 1930s because many jazz musicians would come on Friday after their paid events were done and stay in the school house to jam all weekend. On Mondays they held major jazz events at the house drawing in many other musicians who could either participate or watch and listen. It was a way for musicians to meet other musicians and help each other prosper. The neighbors enjoyed the music. The home was known all over the country as a great place to hear Chicago jazz. That all ended with the advent of the Second World War. However, the memories still remain. In 1988 the majority of the land was sold to a developer, Raymond Chou, who subdivided the land in order to build 4 new homes on the grounds. The school house and coach house were retained by the seller. The current owners did a total renovation and restoration that took more than 1.5 years to complete when they purchased the home in 1989 and have continued to take care and improve as needed. This is a fabulous home in an ideal location, close to both Main Street and Dempster Street shopping and eating areas as well as short walk to schools, parks, transportation, both the "EL" and Metra at Main Street, and on to the lake. Truly a fabulous home with an amazing history.

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1144 Asbury Avenue Evanston, IL 60202

  • Price: $1,700,000
  • Status: Active
  • On Site: 89 Days
  • Updated: 46 min ago
  • MLS #: 11927291
8
Beds
5
Baths
2
½ Baths
N/A
Acres
8,614
SQFT
$197
$/SQFT
1872
Built
Neighborhood:
Evanston
County:
Cook
Area:
Evanston
Elementary School:
Washington Elementary School
Middle School:
Nichols Middle School
High School:
Evanston Twp High School
School District:
65
Property Description
Beautiful one of a kind home combines the elegance of the past with the modern amenities needed for today's living. Spacious 8614 square foot home on over 1/3 acre of land in the Ridge Historic District is nestled in a private, secluded section behind a fence of bushes. Entry hall with wonderful leaded windows welcomes you leading to an amazingly spacious living room with gorgeous crown molding, leaded windows, hardwood floors, woodburning/gas fireplace and a music room with grand piano and 2 harps. Large footprint allows for considerable room sizes which is seen in the formal dining room with a woodburning/gas fireplace and room for large seated dinner parties. Lovely architectural details are abundant throughout the home. Spacious kitchen with center island, granite and corian countertops designed by Carlson. Butler's panty has a working dumb waiter, glass doored cabinets, butcher block counter tops. New hardwood floor in family room has entertainment center with bookcases on two walls and door opening to patio overlooking wonderful professionally landscaped yard and garden as well as large side yard and 2-car garage. Second floor and third floor have 8 bedrooms, 4 of which have ensuite bathrooms. The full basement is unfinished. Fascinating history of the house is that due to polio epidemic of 1914, the owner, John Lindgren, built an open air school house so his daughter could teach the local children. A Chicago attorney, Edwin Ashcraft bought home in 1918 and soon remodeled the original Lindgren home using the well-known North Shore residential Architects Mayo and Mayo. He added a 3-car garage and later an apartment over the garage to make the coachhouse. He also redid the school house so that his son, who was a jazz musician and going to law school could live in it. Hi son, Edwin Ashcraft III, whose nickname was Squirrel, invited many musicians to come and jam together. The home became known as the Jazz House in the 1930s because many jazz musicians would come on Friday after their paid events were done and stay in the school house to jam all weekend. On Mondays they held major jazz events at the house drawing in many other musicians who could either participate or watch and listen. It was a way for musicians to meet other musicians and help each other prosper. The neighbors enjoyed the music. The home was known all over the country as a great place to hear Chicago jazz. That all ended with the advent of the Second World War. However, the memories still remain. In 1988 the majority of the land was sold to a developer, Raymond Chou, who subdivided the land in order to build 4 new homes on the grounds. The school house and coach house were retained by the seller. The current owners did a total renovation and restoration that took more than 1.5 years to complete when they purchased the home in 1989 and have continued to take care and improve as needed. This is a fabulous home in an ideal location, close to both Main Street and Dempster Street shopping and eating areas as well as short walk to schools, parks, transportation, both the "EL" and Metra at Main Street, and on to the lake. Truly a fabulous home with an amazing history.
Exterior Features

Architectural Style Traditional Exterior Building Type Wood Siding Exterior Features PatioPorch Screened Garage Details Garage Door Opener(s)Transmitter(s) Garage Onsite Yes Garage Ownersite Owned Garage Type Detached Is Parking Included In Price Yes Lot Features Fenced YardIrregular LotLandscapedWoodedMature TreesSidewalks Lot Size .25-.49 Acre Other Structures Garage(s) Parking Details Garage Parking Total 2 Roof Shake Types 3 Stories Waterfront YN No

Interior Features

Appliances Double OvenMicrowaveDishwasherHigh End RefrigeratorWasherDryerDisposalCooktopRange Hood Approximate Finished Sq Ft 0 Attic Unfinished Basement Unfinished Basement Bathrooms YN No Basement Details Full Bathroom Separate ShowerDouble SinkSoaking Tub Bedrooms Below Grade 0 Bedrooms Total 8 Cooling Central AirZoned Dining Room Separate Fireplace Features Wood BurningGas Log Fireplace Location Living RoomBedroomDining Room Fireplaces Total 3 Heating Natural GasForced Air Interior Features Hardwood FloorsSecond Floor LaundryBuilt-in FeaturesWalk-In Closet(s)BookcasesCeiling - 10 FootHistoric/Period MlwkSome CarpetingSeparate Dining RoomPantry Laundry Features In Unit Room Type Bedroom 5Bedroom 6Bedroom 7Bedroom 8OfficeFoyerMud RoomPantryWalk In ClosetScreened Porch Rooms Bedroom 5 (Third) Bedroom 6 (Third) Bedroom 7 (Third) Bedroom 8 (Third) Office (Second) Foyer (Main) Mud Room (Main) Pantry (Main) Walk In Closet (Second) Screened Porch (Main) Bedroom 2 (Second) Bedroom 3 (Second) Bedroom 4 (Second) Dining Room (Main) Family Room (Main) Kitchen (Main) Laundry (Second) Living Room (Main) Master Bedroom (Second) Rooms Total 13 Total Sq Ft 0 Unfinished Sqft 0

Property Features

Additional Parcels YN No Age 100+ Years Association Fee Frequency Not Applicable Association Fee Includes None Built Before1978 YN Yes Community Features CurbsSidewalksStreet LightsStreet Paved Corporate Limits Evanston Currently Leased No Disability Access And Or Equipped No Electric Circuit Breakers General Information School Bus ServiceCommuter BusCommuter TrainHistorical District Master Association Fee Frequency Not Required Mls Actual Status Active New Construction YN No Other Equipment Security SystemCO Detectors Ownership Fee Simple Rebuilt YN No Rural No Sewer Public SewerSewer-Storm Special Listing Conditions List Broker Must Accompany Tax Annual Amount 24483.95 Tax Year 2022 Township Evanston Type Detached Single Water Source Lake MichiganPublic

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