More than a million people live in the region that runs along the Fox River from the historic city of Ottawa in the south all the way north to the Wisconsin border. Between Aurora and Elgin is an area of three cities that includes St. Charles, Geneva and Batavia, where most of the following houses are for sale. If you think all the expensive real estate can be found in Chicago and the North Shore, just take a look at some current real estate listings in the picturesque Fox Valley. Whether it’s a historic house in Geneva or an indoor McMansion in Wayne, you can choose from a variety of options, but only if you have very expensive taste.
This historic Italian house in Geneva, located on top of a hill overlooking the Fox River, was originally built in 1851 by August Herrington, the eldest son of the city’s founder. Known as Eastview, the five-bedroom, five-bathroom residence is a mix of old and new with extra living space above the three-car garage. This suit will be the perfect office or guest house. The property has been up for sale since August, so hopefully soon there will be the right owners who appreciate the history of the house, which was saved from demolition back in the 1990s and restored to its former glory.
This purpose-built house in St. Charles is located not only on a one-hectare plot, but also has over 200 feet of video footage by the river. Imagine a year-round view of the Fox River with a two-story living room or various outdoor spaces such as a deck or a screened porch. There are also gardens and stone paths that lead you to the river where you can jump right for swimming, fishing or boating. It seems that this modern residence with three bedrooms and three bathrooms appears on the market for the first time since its construction in 1991. The cedar exterior blends well with the wooded property, but is still very close to all the parks, shops and restaurants in downtown St. Charles.
For the past five years this former bed and breakfast in West Dundee has been on and off the market. The 28-room mansion was originally built in 1907 for John Firk, president of the Illinois Iron and Bolt Company in nearby Carpentersville, who made a decorative fence that still surrounds the property. The house with 13 bedrooms and 10 bathrooms has many original historical features such as solid wood doors, pocket doors and original lighting fixtures. But there are also unique details, such as hand-carved oak stairs, octagonal breakfast corner with stained glass, built-in grandfather clock. The house is just one of many old houses in the town of West Dundee, dating back to 1836, when settlers John and Nancy Outman established a tavern and shop here.
Returning to Geneva to share this nearly 7,000 square foot, four bedroom and six all-stone bathrooms, directly on the Fox River. The house has everything you would expect with such a price tag. While “location, location, location” has become a commonly used phrase in realtors ’lists, here it is absolutely true. Not only does the homeowner have endless views of the river, but across the road is the 53-acre Wheeler Park, where there are tennis courts, mini golf and a golf course Links Disc. In addition, the center of Geneva and the Fox River trail are less than half a mile away. But the best part is that the house has its own mooring for a boat, perfect for those who like to go boating.
This mansion with six bedrooms and 11 bathrooms, built in 1993, known as the “Casa San Fili”, is located on more than four acres in the village of Wayne, which is dedicated to its history of equestrian sports and nature reserves. Most of the houses here have a zoning of one to three acres. Through the gates opens a multimillion-dollar property that reminded me of recent post from Kate Wagner of McMansion Hell. She describes McMansions in suburban Chicago as “so wild and unique, as if … they compete” with each other “to such an extent that their architecture becomes almost dissimilar.” You will judge this by clicking on the list 110 photos.