LOGAN SQUARE — Now’s your chance to be neighbors with our new mayor.
Lori Lightfoot’s next-door neighbor’s home in the 3400 block of West Wrightwood Avenue is for sale. The asking price is $1.15 million.
The brick home, offering four bedrooms and three-and-a-half bathrooms, was originally built in 1900, according to the real estate listing. As such, it’s outfitted with many original details, including oak staircases, leaded glass windows, exposed oak beams and 9-foot-tall ceilings. Other amenities include a media room, a wine cellar and a backyard garden with a waterfall.
The real estate listing touts the home’s proximity to the Logan Square Blue Line station, the square, parks and Michelin-starred restaurants.
It’s not in the listing, but the home also comes with a police detail. At least two police squad cars are stationed on the block at all times to guard Lightfoot’s home, which is directly next door.
Lightfoot’s neighbor’s home hit the market at $1.39 million in October 2018, according to Zillow. A few months later, the price was reduced to $1.35 million. The home was then taken off the market for another few months before hitting the market again Thursday at the reduced price of $1.15 million.
The home has been in Barb Carr’s family for 66 years.
Over the years, Carr has gotten to know her neighbors, including Lightfoot and her wife, Amy Eshleman. She said she’d go over there for parties and BBQs. She described Lightfoot as a “master barbecuer.”
“The last party we were at their house she made some kind of amazing skirt steak,” Carr said of Lightfoot. “I liked it better than the dessert.”
To Carr, Lightfoot and Eshleman’s home has always been a “very nice and congenial place to be.”
“They have a really nice big backyard. It’s just nice to hang out with friends in the summer, like everyone likes to do,” she said.
Carr said she’s “tickled” her longtime neighbor is now Chicago’s mayor. But she’s not surprised, given Lightfoot’s career working in law and public safety.
“I knew she was up there and in that range of people who are interested in what’s going on with our city,” Carr said.
Carr noted whoever buys her home will get an extra layer of security.
“Talk about a great feeling of being safe,” she said.
Carr said the home is filled with so many family memories, like when her dad built a 16-foot swing in the backyard that doubled as a trapeze. Carr and her two older brothers would build a mound of snow and jump off the trapeze and into the mound of snow.
“Having that huge [double] lot is great for kids,” Carr said.
Carr took over the family home in 1995 after her mother passed away and went on to live there for nearly 25 years. Not only does the home have special ties to her family, but it’s also full of original 1900s-era details.
She pointed to the home’s three entrances and two oak staircases as two of its most unique features.
“I have never seen a home with three entrances and two staircases,” she said.
Carr, a marine biologist, built an 1,000-pound fish pond with a custom waterfall in the backyard. At one point, the pond was home to a 15-inch Koi fish.
About a week ago, Carr officially moved to Florida to work on some new marine biology projects — and to get away from Chicago winters.
“I’m not too fond of the crazy people putting their chairs in the street when they shovel their snow,” she said.
Lightfoot and her wife moved into their 1880s-era Logan Square home in 2004.
“There was something about this house that galvanized the feelings we had growing up,” Lightfoot previously told Block Club in an interview, noting she grew up in a small town outside of Cleveland and her wife grew up in western Illinois.
Lightfoot told Block Club she still has a deep affection for the house some 15 years later.
“I told my wife: She’s going to have to bury me in that house,” Lightfoot previously said.
Lightfoot is the first Chicago mayor in modern history to call Logan Square home.
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