Built in 1936 and located in the heart of Hyde Park, this five-bedroom, five-bath mansion has aged well. “[It’s] one of the most easily recognizable homes in Hyde Park due to its unique combination of Italianate- and Tudor-style construction,” says realtor Perrin March. “It’s really for that buyer who appreciates the great details of a bygone era, when highly skilled artisans were involved in the home construction process.”
On the outside, it features an elegant tudor-style stucco and stone exterior and a well-groomed garden curated with shrubs and mature trees. Step through the wood and glass front door and marvel at the grandiose foyer, with an elaborate wrought iron staircase railing to your right. Through an arched entryway to the right of the staircase, a spacious living room offers a working fireplace, built-in shelving, and wood floors.
Around the corner, the bright white chef’s kitchen checks every box: a farmhouse sink, marble countertops, a fancy LaCanche French range, plenty of cabinets (some featuring glass-paneled doors) for storage, and a refrigerator that’s disguised to match the cabinetry. “The kitchen has gone through several minor alterations,” March says, “It’s a great example of how a home can be unique while maintaining a classically beautiful feel.”
On the same floor, you’ll find a sitting room-slash-office space with french doors and a nice view of the backyard garden, a formal dining room just off the kitchen, and a quaint breakfast room connected to both the dining room and kitchen. Although it’s one of the smallest spaces in the home, March says the breakfast room is “a very sweet room,” especially if you’re a sucker for details—it has exquisitely milled, built-in display cabinets and a undulating ceiling with ornamental wood decorations.
The second staircase off the back of the kitchen leads to the luxe master suite on the second floor. The master bath is the highlight, with an intricately detailed tile floor, two separate vanities with marble countertops, a freestanding soaking tub, a stunning marble-walled walk-in shower, a water closet, and chrome hardware. The other four bedrooms and three of the bathrooms are also located on the second floor.
Although the home’s interior is certainly impressive, the serene backyard is our favorite. Future homeowners can enjoy dining al fresco on the two patios and admiring the symmetrical formal French garden, which features a large fountain, peaceful walking paths, and lush shrubbery. “Because this property is at the top of the hill, you look over the top of the neighbors’ yards, not into them, which helps create this wonderful feeling of privacy and security,” March says. “It’s such a treat to spend time outside here.”