415 W Surf Street
Chicago, IL, 60657
12 Beds
11 Baths
14,893 SqFt
0 Acres
415 W Surf Street
Chicago, IL, 60657
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Your tremendous 21 bedroom house OR four LEGAL rental apartments OR 6BR Owners’ unit + great rental/Airbnb income – YOU CHOOSE! Almost 15,000SF total, with 21 bedrooms and 11 bathrooms, currently configured as three enormous, full-floor, 6BR/3BTH, 13-room, 3,900SF apartments, plus a fourth 3BR/2BTH, 2,500SF English-garden unit (see expansive floor plans in listing). Entire building is VACANT but ready to IMMEDIATELY OCCUPY OR RENT for your maximum flexibility. This double-lot, 55′-wide vintage home is in the sought-after East-of-Broadway Lakeview East neighborhood on a quiet, tree-lined street, steps to Lake Michigan, Lincoln Park, and Diversey Harbor. Large, gated on-site 5+car parking area. [Please note that listing template only contains fields for a maximum of 12 bedrooms, although there are a total of 21 bedrooms in the property.] Each unit has a Prairie Style fireplace (including the English garden level which has 8.5′ high ceilings). Significantly newly renovated to provide the perfect balance of modern convenience and historic elegance, allowing maximum opportunities for a purchaser to occupy from one to all four floors. Each apartment currently lives like a single floor, single-family home. Blending a unique combination of Arts and Crafts, Art Nouveau and Prairie Style architectural details, the striking facade displays both Flemish and English-bond brickwork and ornate ironwork. Bright sunrooms with windows on three sides overlook Surf Street and local architecturally significant skyline. Existing RM 6.5 (highest residential level) zoning also allows additional density and multiple additional permitted uses, including bed and breakfast, educational and cultural institutions, health care and religious uses. Multiple options for in-law, nanny, and similar accommodations. Large formal living rooms with abundant windows, soaring ceilings (10’+), original built-in bookshelves, stained-glass, and deep crown molding. Welcome guests to the gracious dining rooms with built-in china cabinets and unique arched ceiling and beautiful Art Noveau French doors. Large, eat-in kitchens plus breakfast rooms and walk-in pantries with separate laundry areas, and private exterior porches. Other features include formal entrance foyers and wide, spacious 24-foot-long hallways that serve as generous art gallery spaces. Opportunity for a huge roof deck. Stands away from surrounding buildings for natural light and breezes from all sides. New marble/granite bathrooms, frameless shower doors, refinished oak and maple hardwood floors. Of the 21 total bedrooms, 14 are king-sized, dual-window bedrooms with generous closets. Low-maintenance landscape with outdoor garden seating area. Next to Sheridan Road express bus lines to downtown and quick access to Lake Shore Drive at Fullerton. Short walk to golf driving range, tennis, private boat harbors, Lincoln Park Zoo, Trader Joe’s, Mariano’s, cinema, new Barnes & Noble bookstore, health care, restaurants, dry cleaners, and other amenities. Close to Latin/Francis Parker/Nettlehorst schools, and very near Everbrook Academy of Lincoln Park and several other preschool/day care centers. Historic tax incentives potentially available as significantly located in both a National & Chicago landmark district. Designed by renowned architect Samuel Crowen in 1910, the building served as the Greek Consulate and residence of the Consul General during the 1950-70’s. Strong 30-year leasing history. Owner-occupied for 20+ years, first time on the open market in over a half century. Designated Managing Broker-owned.

Property Details

MLS #:
415 W Surf Street
Single Family
Listed Date:
May 22, 2024
Finished Sq Ft:
Year Built:


School District:
Elementary School:
Nettelhorst Elementary School
Middle School:
Nettelhorst Elementary School
High School:
Lake View High School


Range, Microwave, Dishwasher, Refrigerator, Washer, Dryer, Stainless Steel Appliance(s), Other
11 Full Bathrooms
Window/ Wall Units – 3+
Fireplaces Total
Natural Gas
Laundry Features
Gas Dryer Hookup, Electric Dryer Hookup, In Unit, In Kitchen, Multiple Locations


Architectural Style
Community Features
Park, Tennis Court(s), Lake, Curbs, Sidewalks, Street Lights, Street Paved
Exterior Features
Patio, Porch
Parking Features
Off Alley, Secured
Parking Spots


Buyer Agent Compensation
2.5% (ON NET SP)% of Net Sale Price
HOA Frequency
Not Applicable
HOA Includes
Tax Year
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