Bob Goldsborough of the Chicago Tribune says the father of American golf's Wheaton estate dating to 1897 can be yours for $1.98 million.
Goldsborough writes of the Charles Blair Macdonald-built estate.
Known as Ballyshear, the five-bedroom, 6,020-square-foot mansion sits on a private, tree-lined lane immediately west of the Chicago Golf Club, which Macdonald founded and which is the oldest 18-hole golf course in the United States. Macdonald named the three-story home Ballyshear after his grandfather's Ballyshear manor and estate in Argyllshire, Scotland.
The Tribune reported in February 1897 that architect Jarvis Hunt designed the house, which anchored a colony of homes occupied by members of Chicago society, who congregated around the golf club between the 1890s and the 1910s. Many of the homes, including Ballyshear, were later converted to year-round use.