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    Rent Before You Buy? For This Frank Lloyd Wright Home, You Can’t Go Wrong

    Most of Frank Lloyd Wright’s Chicago-area homes are immediately north and west of the city in communities such as Glencoe and Oak Park.

    But a Wright-designed home currently on the market for $850,000 sits even farther out, in Elmhurst, which is 20 miles west of downtown Chicago and within DuPage County.

    Known as the F.B. Henderson house, the 5,500-square-foot, Prairie style–residence with five bedrooms and four bathrooms was commissioned in 1901. Wright’s signature stained-glass windows (a total of 80!), sprawling formal rooms, three brick fireplaces, maple floors, built-ins, wood-encased radiators, and compressed entrances are found throughout the home.

    Those compressed doorways and the home’s half-acre lot also reinforce two key tenets of Wright’s designs: grand room entrances and seamless connections to nature.

    Listed with Marilyn Fisher of LW Reedy Real Estate, the historic home has been on and off the market for years, with price points all over the map. The current list price is a reduction from its lowest asking price last year, at $949,999.

    And if you don’t have enough to put a down payment or you’re looking to try a Wright house before committing to a purchase, there’s great news: This one is also available for rent at $4,000 per month.

    Living room

    Dining room







    Lower level

    Elmhurst College is a mile away, and other amenities—including a classic movie theater and the Elmhurst Art Museum—are also within walking distance. Accessing downtown Chicago is a breeze thanks to a Metra station just a mile away.

    Four of the bedrooms are on the main level and second floor, while the fifth is on the lower level. The lower level is fully finished and could be turned into a home office, wine cellar, or rec room.

    For Wright fans, this Illinois home is a rare and intriguing opportunity to experience the famed architect’s distinctive style before committing to a purchase.

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