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Ottawa, IL - Luxury Mansion & Wooded Land

2301 Columbus Street - Ottawa, IL


Questend is located on top of 56 wooded and ravined acres in the coveted North Bluff, one of the most desirable neighborhoods of Ottawa. Constructed in 1938 for Henry C. Thornton, Vice President and Treasurer of Ottawa Silica, using the finest materials and impeccable craftsmanship to create the ultimate modern estate with intricate details reminiscent of old-world European craftsmanship, exquisite paneled rooms, custom built-ins, 5 fireplaces, soaring ceilings and a stunning reception hall with two sweeping staircases. The grand scale of this elegant yet comfortable, almost 7,000 square foot Georgian Colonial boasts an incredible floor plan with great traffic flow and is equally impressive as it is versatile. A mix of voluminous and intimate, formal and informal living spaces throughout lend themselves perfectly to relaxing, entertaining or recreation and include the two story reception hall, living room and family room, library, five sunrooms, 4 bedrooms including a two bedroom master suite, guest or staff apartment, 6 full bathrooms, 3 powder rooms, game room, pub, 3-car heated garage, and much, much more. Questend sits privately on 56 magical acres with impressive ravines mature woods, walking trails, inground pool and pool house, tennis/sports court, ice skating rink, four green houses, barn and storage sheds.

Why Buy This Property

Historic Estate – The Questend is one of the most important homes in Ottawa’s history. Completed in 1938 by Henry Thornton and later sold to James Thornton, nephew of Henry Thornton. Currently the home is the residence of attorney Peter F. Ferricuti family, who have worked tirelessly to update and maintain the homes architectural character.

Desirable Wooded Property – Questend Estate comprises a total of 56+ acres of virgin wooded hilled and dramatically ravened property representing an era gone by. This offering is a unique opportunity to purchase at auction this beautifully wooded land with a magnificent home, and support buildings. Questend offers a multitude of recreational opportunities, from hiking, skating, to swimming and tennis, it’s all right here ready to be enjoyed.

Desirable LaSalle County – Although surrounded by the City of Ottawa, the estate is in unincorporated LaSalle County.

Convenient Location – The property is located just 70 miles southwest of metropolitan Chicago and within a mile of I-80.

Future Opportunities – Questend is one of the few large pieces of wooded land on the market in the Ottawa vicinity. There are a multitude of potential uses for this property, from an idyllic estate to opportunities for subdivision.

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Contact Person

  Fine And Company LLC
  Michael A.Fine, CCIM, CAI, AARE
  Illinois, United States

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Broker Participation : Buyer's Agent participation is invited!
A 2.5% - $500 referral fee will be paid to th REALTORĀ®/Broker whose registered buyer closes on this property. Seller has provided a variable commission rate.

Licensing : Fine & Company LLC, Licensed Illinois Broker

Disclaimer : The Seller, Broker, and Auctioneer and their agents assume no liability for inaccuracies, errors, or omissions in the auction marketing materials, including the Bidder's Information Packet. All square footage, dimensions, real estate taxes, and common area fees, if any, are approximate. All materials are subject to inspection and verification by all parties relying on them. This offering is subject to prior sale and may be withdrawn, modified, or cancelled without notice at any time. This is not a solicitation or offering to residents of any state where this offering is prohibited by law.

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