If you have a hankering for the lifestyle of the early 20th Century, with live-in servants and marble bathrooms, and plenty of room for guests, there’s a 13-room Tudor mansion going up for sale a block from the lake in South Evanston that you should see.
The former home of trade magazine publisher Herbert A. Vance, at 147 Dempster St., is on the market for less than $3 million. The listing agent is Jackie Mack of Jameson Sotheby’s International Realty.
According to the listing sheet, the house has a total of about 6,479 finished square feet on three floors. But that’s not all. In the rear of the lot is a coach house containing a full kitchen, a bedroom, and a bath.
The house was obviously designed for entertaining, for just inside the front door is a small receiving room, equipped with a bar, that silently says, “Welcome to our home. What can we get you to drink?”
The Living Room
Just a few steps away is a ballroom-sized living room that presently contains a grand piano. At 31 feet by 23 feet, it’s plenty large enough for your guests to mingle before dinner is served.
The dining room
Then just down the hall is the dining room, with a doorway to the butler’s pantry that adjoins the kitchen. The dining room is 25 feet by 19 feet, and the kitchen is 16 by 12.
The main level also contains a 20 by 13 family room, an 11 by 9 breakfast room, an 11 by 7 pantry, and a 14 by 12 library. There’s also a gallery that measures 32 feet by 9 feet.
Upstairs are five bedrooms, including a master suite with a 22 by 19 bedroom and a 7 by 4 walk-in closet. The four upstairs bathrooms have been renovated with Italian marble.
At the rear of the house, there is a bedroom for live-in servants beside a rear stairway to the downstairs kitchen. Another stairway heads in the opposite direction to the spacious attic.
In the basement is a 24-foot-by-13-foot playroom and a room for storage that is 20 by 13.
The coach house at the rear of the property is situated above a two-car garage.
Among the quality features of the home are slate roofs, copper gutters, quarter sawn oak floors, and leaded glass windows.
Nearby the home is the Dempster Street beach at the end of the block, but downtown Evanston and the Main Street and Dempster Street shopping areas are not far away, not to mention two commuter rail lines and the campus of Northwestern University.
While there are no public open houses scheduled for the property, if you are a qualified buyer, you should have little trouble finding a friendly real estate agent who would love to show you the property.
Incidentally, the list price for this home is $2,995,000.