A stunning pre-war condo that was once part of the original Playboy Mansion in Chicago's Gold Coast recently hit the market in pristine condition -- with a $7.85 million price tag.
What it lacks in grottos and girls next door it more than makes up for in sculpted ceilings, chandeliers and loads of history. According to the Prudential Rubloff listing on Estately, the handsome home is "beautifully and completely renovated" and is
"truly the most wonderful house on the market."
The five bedrooms and five-plus bathrooms are decorated with a variety of high-end touches, including marble (bathroom), fireplaces and ornate paneling (bedrooms). A curving central staircase, multiple terraces, loads of light and painstakingly restored plaster (best seen on the ceilings in Chicago magazine's video embedded above) go a long way to support the claim as "most wonderful."
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Built in 1914, the condo at 1336 North State Parkway was at one time connected to the surrounding homes forming one gargantuan estate. Chicago magazine's Deal Estate says the prominent Dr. George Isham lived in the larger home adjacent to the building and built 1336 for daughter.
The original Playboy Mansion, which includes this property, was designed by architect James Gamble Rogers in 1899. Playboy founder Hugh Hefner bought the Chicago estate in 1959 turning it into the a Windy City hotspot for the next decade.
In 1974, Hefner donated the property to the Art Institute of Chicago which used it as a student dormitory for the next twenty years. As Curbed Chicago notes, the property was converted into private condo residences in the late 90s.