Around the Hood: One of the Last Two Lakefront Houses Left in Chicago

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Did you know of the 1.19 million residences in Chicago, 302,000 are single-family detached homes and just two of those have their own private pieces of the Lake Michigan shoreline? A neighbor on Hood Ave just sent in this article about one of these last two remaining houses right here in Edgewater (5965 Sheridan – between Glenlake & Thorndale). Thanks for digging this up. Pretty cool!

This is probably the better known of Chicago’s two lakefront homes simply because it has so many neighbors. It’s wedged between the 39-story Malibu Condominiums and the Emanuel Congregation’s parking lot. In the 1960’s a flurry of skyscraper construction swept away a number of neighborhood mansions, replacing them with apartment towers. Until the 1960’s, the Malibu tower’s location was a two-story mansion that served as the local headquarters for the Mormon church.

The house at 5965 is set back quite a distance from Sheridan Road, so you may not have seen it unless you once peered down its long, circular driveway.

Built in 1917, this house features two bathrooms, an unfinished basement and attic, and two fireplaces. Naturally, it has the RS-1 zoning with “Private Lakefront” note. That private lakefront is 56 feet long.” —- read more here

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