Gracious Living in the Heart of the Gold Coast
Enjoy five levels of thoughtfully detailed luxury living in this exquisite Gold Coast home. 1336 N. State Parkway is superbly located.
The residence was originally commissioned by Dr. George Isham, the owner of the home located at 1340 North State Parkway. Designed by James Gamble Rogers in 1914, number 1336 was a wedding present to Dr. Isham’s daughter. Later purchased by Hugh Hefner, the property became known as the Playboy Mansion until it was acquired years later by the School of the Art Institute and bisected. A significant advantage of the division and preservation of the two buildings is the view afforded 1336 over the garden courtyard to the north.
Much of this home’s beauty flows from volume and light. Each element of the interior has been carefully selected with a discerning eye for design and function. While the home has been carefully updated for today’s lifestyle, exceptional care has been taken to protect the original architectural detail. The owners made certain to preserve the broad hallways, spacious rooms, remarkable ceiling height and grand windows. Additionally, every outdoor area has been professionally landscaped to visually thrill, with gardens and terraces developed to a degree that rivals the excellence of the interior.
Enter through the private gate into an elegant reception hall. This area has been thoughtfully designed to include a small study and private office space, in addition to a lavishly appointed powder room and spacious walk-in closet.
A center staircase, grand and gracious in scale, affords the center of the house both light and glamour. From here, you can access the second floor via the stairs or private elevator or continue on to the family room, kitchen and entertainment space that occupies the western half of the floor.
With attentive composition, the kitchen overlooks a walled terrace that is landscaped to perfection. This dazzling piazza allows for effortless access to grilling and alfresco dining.
An additional powder room and two-car heated garage complete the first floor living space.
Soaring ceilings and a stunning, expansive gallery space form the ample proportions of the second floor entertaining area. The painted paneled living room with an exceptionally lovely plaster ceiling faces east to the lake. A Juliet balcony lies just beyond two arched palladian windows trimmed in couture drapery treatment. This room is breathtaking, yet warm, with a wood-burning fireplace and custom bookcases.
On the other side of the gallery space and adjacent to the formal dining room is a serene library with coffered ceilings, dentil moulding, additional bookcases and herringbone floors.
Mirrored double doors carry you into the grand dining room with original plaster ceiling detail, a wood-burning fireplace and immense windows overlooking a divinely landscaped terrace. This room can flawlessly seat two or twenty with identical grace. A fully equipped caterer’s kitchen sits just adjacent for flawless entertaining.
Impeccably arranged, this level possesses flexibility for a master suite and two additional bedrooms with individual ensuite baths.
Gracious in size, the master bedroom suite features a fireplace and enjoys radiant treetop views to the east which overlook the lake. The windowed bath includes an oversized shower and has been finished in Calcutta Supreme marble with Waterworks fixtures and fittings. This bedroom also boasts spacious walk-in closets adorned with custom built-ins and hardwood floors throughout.
The center bedroom, currently used as a ladies’ sitting room, includes its own bath and closet space. Neutrally decorated with Tempesta Nerve Carrara marble, Waterworks fittings and opulent custom drapery, this area is a delightful addition to the master bedroom or ready for use as a secondary bedroom adjacent to the master.
The west bedroom on this level is currently utilized as a den. With a wood burning fireplace, beautifully appointed marble bath and a sizeable closet, it would be a perfect bedroom for any family member or guest. An unexpected delight is the room’s access to yet another professionally landscaped terrace.
This penthouse level boasts skylights and a garden room with double doors leading out to one of the city’s finest private home terraces. The sunny, year-round garden room allows for both indoor and outdoor entertaining with ample seating and striking views of the lake.
This floor also includes a beautifully appointed bedroom with large ensuite bath, offering privacy and generous living space.
Dedicated to entertainment and fitness, this level features a mirrored gym, a billiards area and a new media room fitted with state-of-the-art equipment and seating. There is a well-furnished powder room as well as a complete service bar area with a temperature-controlled wine vault close at hand.
An additional private and spacious bedroom with ensuite bath completes this floor.