The next lakefront home north of Evanston’s Harley Clarke mansion has sold for $3.6 million.

The one-acre property with 170-feet of private Lake Michigan beach changed hands late last month for $75,000 less than it had last sold for in June 2007.

The 1,800 square foot ranch home on the property was described in the listing as a potential teardown.

The only sale topping that price last month was a half-century old apartment building at 515 Sheridan Road that sold for $5.15 million.

Although sales last month fell from March, when a high-rise apartment building on Howard Street changed hands for $40.2 million, sales last month were still the best for an April in at least five years.

The city recorded $294,365 in real estate transfer tax revenue for the month, reaching a cumulative total for the year so far of $886,310. The monthly average for the year, though, is still slightly under the number needed to make the city’s budget target of $2.875 million.

The other sales topping the million-dollar mark last month included:

  • A Victorian duplex at 1301-03 Judson that sold for $1.874 million.
  • A new 4,400 square foot single family home at 2716 Thayer St. that sold for $1.525 million.
  • A new 5,100 square foot single family home at 2731 Noyes St. that sold for $1.225 million.
  • A Tudor style home at 2205 Central Park that sold for $1.175 million.
  • A two-story Colonial home at 1710 Livingston that sold for $1.14 million.
  • A Tudor style home at 2417 Central Park that sold for $1.05 million.
  • A brick Dutch Colonial home at 2722 Isabella St. that sold for $1.025 million.

Bill Smith is the editor and publisher of Evanston Now.

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  1. “private beach”
    It’s unclear, especially when looking at the photograph, how there can be a “private beach” at this property. Under well-settled law the lakebed of lake Michigan is public property, held in trust for the people, and extends at least up to the ordinary high water mark. Sand accreted as a result of an artificial structure such as a groin, jetty, or fill, or added by a riparian owner, does not transform public land or waters, even if no longer submerged, into private land. Lake Michigan is and has always been a public waterway. At minimum anyone who can reach such a beach by water has the right to use it. Sellers and brokers should be wary of advertising more rights than go with the land.

    1. I am aware that 45 years ago,

      I am aware that 45 years ago, that there was many private beachs in kenilworth and Winnetka. They were fenced off and marked with private beach signs. Many had private piers and in the summer had their boats docked there. One such home belonged to Senator Charles Percy and was located just south of Kenilworth beach.

      I don't know if things have changed since then but it was quite common at that time period.

      Also, I have stayed at private campgrounds and motels along the shores of Lake Michigan in both Wisconsin and Michigan that have private beaches. I don't know if the beaches were own or leased.

    2. 568 Ingleside

      Hi Jeff

      Thanks for your thoughtful comments. I would be happy to show you the survey for this property that shows that the property actually extends into the waters of Lake Michigan!!

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