George Madison Millard Open House Sunday, June 23 1-3pm

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George Madison Millard Open House Sunday, June 23 1-3pm

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The George Madison Millard House (1906) in Highland Park, IL will be open this Sunday, June 23 from 1-3pm.

For more information check out Wright on the Market on this website.

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That is a great house and a great value at that price.
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Years ago it was on the market as a tear-down. The McMansion bug has apparently bitten the area. I hope it survives; it's a beautiful house.

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The current owners have been fantastic stewards. They tore off a later addition. The original open porch had been enclosed by a previous owner and had serious structural issues. They removed the enclosure, made substantial structural repairs, and restored the original open porch with roof above. The large lot is one block off of a secluded semi-private beach on Lake Michigan. The house is 3,000 square feet. At approximately $1,050,000, the house is the biggest value of any Frank Lloyd Wright House on the market now or within the last 10 years. It is a great investment as the real estate market market rapidly recovers. Highland Park is one of the wealthiest suburbs in the US and is quite beautiful. The lot alone is worth the asking price and the house is in great condition. The Owners have an open house today and one could see it first hand on a beautiful day.
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[quote="pharding"]At approximately $1,050,000, the house is the biggest value of any Frank Lloyd Wright House on the market now or within the last 10 years. It is a great investment as the real estate market market rapidly recovers. Highland Park is one of the wealthiest suburbs in the US and is quite beautiful. The lot alone is worth the asking price and the house is in great condition.[/quote]

Spirally downward from an original listing price of $1.399M, the Millard House just took a $101K price drop from $950K to $849K.

It's now being described in the listing as follows: "ATTENTION REHABERS /INVESTORS. PRICED AT LAND VALUE!! Unique opportunity to renovate an original Frank Lloyd Wright home. Situated on .6 acre lot one block from Lake Michigan in East Highland Park. Home is 3300 square feet of original design including fabulous art glass windows. Lot is 174.5 x 151.6 and beautiful!"
Someone better step up soon or the house will be an afterthought.

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Millard

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The current owners with the assistance of architect John Thorpe have done some impressive restoration work. The design is exceedingly refined and I agree it is a steal at that price.

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That FLW House is an unbelievable bargain at that price in that community.
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The restoration which Paul Harding described a year ago seems comprehensive; is there a chance that a new owner would reverse some of that work ? I note this line in the new advertisement: " Unique opportunity to renovate . . ." The windows receive mention . . .

What could be done to prevent damage or destruction, now ? I wonder if either Wright preservation entity maintains mailing lists of potentially interested parties.

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Taxes

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And the 2013 property taxes are $21,635.22.

OUCH!

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Google shows mostly modest, non-McMansion-sized houses in the immediate area of Millard, but there are two monstrously large houses close by off Hazel that probably portend the future of the area. I'm sure a lot of the smaller houses are just waiting to get an offer they can't refuse. To save Millard, moving it may ultimately be the only option.

Nearby, within walking distance of the house, is Millard Park. Does anyone know if that park has anything to do with the Millard family?

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An article on "Curbed Chicago" states that one reason the house has not sold is that it "needs a lot of work, possibly hundreds of thousands of dollars worth!" Is that true? The interior photos indicate that it's in pretty good shape.

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Post by outside in »

Its a great house - but has some shortcomings that make it undesirable to the typical home buyer:
The second floor master bedroom is not attached to a bathroom - needs to share the eastern bathroom with the adjacent bedroom. Small master closet. The bedroom to the immediate west of the master has no closet. The kitchen was redone about 20 years ago, and white laminate cabinets look a little out of place. I'm sure many interested parties find it difficult to get beyond these issues. I didn't know about the taxes, and that's not helping either.

These are all problems that could, and should, be fixed in order to make the house desirable - but it involves constructing some additions (always controversial) and rehabbing - and those who are willing to take on a project like this are few and far between.

The market is sometimes very cruel - in this case to owners who have accomplished a great deal of work, and all of it done very well!

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Post by Roderick Grant »

The sewing room could usurp the master bedroom closet space to shift the room eastward to take advantage of all three windows, placing a closet at the west end, becoming a bedroom itself; the entrance to the west bedroom could be moved to the wall between the bath and closet, with a standard 24" closet insinuated from the door to the north windows, with the north end of the existing closet converted to a stall shower; the master and east bedrooms could be combined, with the east bath, into a suite with the east room a dressing room; strip the kitchen of its laminate doors and drawer fronts, and replace with stained wood. Alterations could be done without any damage to the architecture. Such reshuffling of room-use doesn't have an effect on the aesthetic if done with care. (Isabel Roberts House did a similar thing by merging the two east bedrooms into one master suite, and that seems not to have had a negative effect on its value. And that house has only one bath on the upper level.)

I bet the excessive property tax drives away potential buyers of modest means who might be satisfied with what Millard has to offer, while those to whom 21 grand is not a disincentive might be of the tear-it-down-and-build-big type. Property tax should be determined by the cost to the taxing authority of building, maintaining and repairing infrastructure and services, nothing else. HP's proximity to Chicago ought to lower the land value, not raise it. (No offense, peterm)

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Plan drawings, Millard S.126 © 1993 by William Allin Storrer

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The criticisms that were voiced of this Prairie Period House are applicable to all Prairie Period Houses except for Darwin Martin. Actually those criticisms are applicable to virtually all historic houses of the period except for a smattering of houses in the mansion category. The idea that this rather large house should get multiple bump outs to be livable strikes me as rather absurd.
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