Janet Owen

Nineteen Fifty Five North Burling Street

Classically Designed Italianate Estate

Gardens and Guest House


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Janet Owen of KoenigRubloff Realty Group is pleased to introduce this magnificent twenty thousand square foot masterpiece to the residential real estate market. There has never before been a residence of this significance on the market and it far exceeds all expectations.  The residence encompasses five city lots and is perfectly suited for entertaining on a grand scale. It is a wonderful home in which to raise a family and enjoy city living at its absolute finest.


Exclusively Listed by

Janet Owen

Offering Price $16,900,000




Chicago’s prestigious Lincoln Park neighborhood is home to many well known, high profile Chicagoans who choose not to live in the suburbs, but to entertain and raise their families in a quiet, peaceful residential setting with close proximity to all that city living has to offer.  You are just a short stroll to the beaches and bike paths of Lake Michigan, Lincoln Park, the renowned Lincoln Park Zoo, Botanical Gardens and the Farm in the Zoo, the Peggy Notebaert Nature Museum, lovely Oz Children’s Park (which is complete with tennis courts, a children’s playground, running paths and even summer family movie nights); all just steps away.  Lincoln Park is truly a “village within the city” offering neighborhood dining ranging from child friendly and casual to internationally known five star restaurants.  You are minutes from the financial district, world class shopping on the famed Magnificent Mile, the Theatre District and the great cultural institutions of Chicago.  Lincoln Park is truly city living at its best.




The family’s lifestyle and taste level are clearly realized in this unparalleled home.  The residence was designed and built by BGD&C Corporation, the top custom design/build firm in the city.  No detail was overlooked and no expense was spared in creating what is known as the most beautiful home in the city.  The couples purchased the home on three city lots and were able to obtain the two adjoining lots.  They proceeded to create a luxurious below ground, award winning, full-sized Indoor Pool.  Artisans from Italy were flown to Chicago to create the frescos on the walls of the pool and the intricate tile work.  The three obelisks seen in the garden are strategically located over the pool and allow sunshine to pour into the pool area.


The owners were inspired by the world famous Dumbarton Oaks Gardens in Washington, D.C.  They collaborated with landscape architect, Douglas Hoerr, in creating truly the most beautiful, tranquil and enchanting gardens you will ever see.


A Two Bedroom Guest House was designed on the southern most lot to accommodate visiting family and friends, offering guests complete privacy and comfort.  A lovely lawn and Sports Court were created.


After months of planning, attention to every detail and no expense spared, this magnificent home was ready for an active family to enjoy life, entertain and accommodate their many friends and extended families. Every detail on their wish list has been incorporated into the residence.  This offering is a rare opportunity to move right in and begin enjoying your life at 1955 North Burling Street.




The formal rooms are designed for entertaining in a grand manner in the beautifully appointed Living Room, formal Dining Room, Library and the magnificent Grand Salon.


The informal areas include the Gourmet Kitchen and adjoining Family Room and Breakfast Area and a charming Atrium Home Office Area.  There is a Children’s Playroom/Recreation Room, a top floor Game Room leading out to a huge Deck with an exceptional view of the city skyline.  Work out in the convenience of your private Fitness Center.


There is a spectacular Private Theatre with a true Lobby with a Bar and an incredible, award-winning, full-sized Indoor Swimming Pool and Entertaining Area around the pool.  Just adjacent to the pool is a beautifully tiled Bath and Steam Room, rivaling any five star spa in the world.  There is also a thermostatically controlled Wine Room.


The Private Family Area consists of a beautiful Master Bedroom Suite, four additional En-suite Bedrooms and a Private Study.  There is a Lower Level Private Suite with a Kitchenette and a Full Bath.




Just steps from the Main House, there is a charming Two Bedroom Guest House offering privacy, comfort and convenience for short or long term guests and family.




The Main House has several palladium doors that open to the unparalleled, picturesque Gardens.  There is a graceful, trellised Outdoor Dining Area under a Pergola, a shaded Loggia off of the Family Room and Breakfast Room, lovely secret niches and pleasant fountains, an Entertaining Area in front of the Outdoor Fireplace and a Kitchen Herb Garden.  There is even an antique Italian Wishing Well.  There are beautifully landscaped and planted areas and a lovely Front Garden and Parkway.  There is a spectacular Rooftop Deck off of the Game Room on the top floor with sensational views of the city skyline.  There are additional Terraces and Balconies throughout the residence (and even a Dog Run).




There is an attached, heated six-car Garage.




State-of-the-art Integrys Smart Home automated audio/visual system

State-of-the-art Security System with cameras

Thermostatically controlled Wine Room

Ten separate HVAC systems

Humidification systems

Fully-equipped Caterer’s Kitchen

Two fully-equipped Laundry Rooms

Radiantly heated snowmelt on front sidewalk and steps

Radiantly heated floor in the Pool and other areas of the home

Private full En-suite Bath and Kitchenette Suite ideal for staff

Outdoor Sports Court



A Residence Really Can Change Your Life…



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Most photos by Wayne Cable Photography.  Some photos by VHT.