Garden Party

Appears in the November 2023 issue.

This downtown Naperville home makes the most of its (double) lot in life

Outside the Naperville home

Any prospective buyers who came walking into the lushly landscaped surroundings of the house at 411 South Wright Street, which recently sold for $2.1 million, might have found it difficult to fathom that the hustle and bustle of downtown Naperville was but a few short blocks to the northwest. But that sense of getting away from it all—while in reality being very much in the heart of it all—seems to have been the point when this corner property was developed in 2005 on a double lot designed to showcase not only the custom-built estate itself but an impressive wood-and-glass cottage and verdant English garden as well.

“There are wandering paths and private seating areas to relax or entertain throughout the property,” says listing agent Sylvia Kanney of RE/Max Professionals Select. “You would never know you’re in an urban area and a five-minute walk from downtown.”

Various areas of the Naperville home

Among the serene amenities to be found amid the extensive treescape and perennials is a 10-foot, three-level bronze fountain; self-feeding koi pond with waterfall; gas fire pit; outdoor grilling station; and elevated vegetable planter. There is also a private cottage nestled within the greenery, featuring vaulted wood-paneled ceilings and a 15-foot stone/brick masonry wood-burning fireplace. The main residence, meanwhile, boasts five bedrooms, a 5,000-bottle wine cellar, theater room, and third-floor private suite. There are also a number of vintage Chicago architectural treasures ensconced throughout the property and garden, including restored pieces of wrought-iron fencing that were reclaimed from the old Comiskey mansion.


Photos: KDE Photography