“Anyone?, Anyone?” Originally listed in 2009 for $2.3 million, the house finally sold recently for $1.06 million, less than half the original listing price. Why did it take so long to sell? Well, could be that the Buyer was going to have to love mid-century Modern eccentricity, be ready for a needed renovation and not mind a constant stream of tourists in the driveway…
A little history on the house: Set onto the edge of a densely wooded ravine are two decidedly modernist buildings: a four-bedroom house built in 1953 and a separate pavilion built in 1974, both rectangular glass-and-wood boxes framed with steel, and both lifted above the ground on pylons. The earlier structure was the work of A. James Speyer, a student of Mies van der Rohe, and the second—the one where Cameron famously kills the Ferrari —was in turn designed by one of Speyer’s students, David Haid. The two buildings, commissioned by Ben and Francis Rose for a wooded eight-tenths of an acre in Highland Park, Illinois show how a “less is more” approach can make a natural setting the perfect complement to a hard-edged modern structure.
The buyers, an attorney and investment banker who have previously owned a landmark home, plan to live in and love it – as it was built with only functional updates. One thing we would suggest – some sort of heated corridor between the main house and the pavilion. How do you live in two separate buildings in such a cold climate?
Photos courtesy of Realtor.com