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Belle Casa Maval -Historic Luxury 1920’S Spanish Colonial Home

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Last updated: 09/26/2014
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  • Minimum stay:2-7 nights
  • Internet:No
  • Pets considered:No
  • Wheel chair accessible:No

Long Beach villa description

This historic villa has been a Long Beach icon to several generations of Long Beach residents for over 93 years. Built in 1920 by a “connected” Cook County Commisioner and Cicero politician, it has a well known and storied local history. The villa has housed several Illinois politicians as well as their many Chicago gangland friends. If only walls could talk!

The villa sits on a hill in historic little Long Beach at stop 20 (years ago there was a bus that ran along Lake Shore Drive, hence the different 'stops' for the old bus) on Lake Shore Drive right across the street from one of the most popular beaches of Lake Michigan. This Spanish Colonial Revival villa was one of the very first permanent homes in Long Beach and was called Belle Casa by its original builder. The entryway is located in the villa’s turret and also houses the original half-bath. The main floor houses the massive step down living room with a 20 foot barrel vaulted ceiling. The living room overlooks the beautiful Lake Michigan sunsets with a separate seating area room with panoramic views of Lake Michigan. It all retains the unique 1920s feel complete with an original chandelier and large wood burning fireplace. French doors open out to a patio with a seating area overlooking the massive double lot lawn and Lake Michigan.

Also on the first floor are the original formal dining room with adequate seating for up to 10 guests. The newly renovated well appointed kitchen was once a large family dining room but was rennovated in 2010 to modern standards with luxury appointments. It features granite countertops, built in oven, microwave, Bosch 5 burner cooktop, stainless side by side refrigerator with icemaker, dishwasher and all the utensils you will need for a fantastic family vacation. Located in the kitchen area is also the original pantry complete with second refrigerator and freezer. Off the kitchen is the original maid’s quarters which has been renovated into a breakfast nook with cable flatscreen TV.

Located at the back of the villa was once a vintage sitting porch that has been renovated into a closed-in modern knotty pine den with widescreen wall mounted cable TV, leather sectional couches and single brass day bed. The first floor also houses a master bedroom with baby crib which all overlooks Lake Michigan.

Off the rear knotty pine den is an outdoor brick patio. On the patio you'll find the gas grill and a table with chairs under the sun umbrella perfect for sipping your morning coffee and reading the newspaper.

The second floor holds 4 bedrooms, which while retaining their original 1920’s character, have huge windowed closets large enough for much more than just clothes! Each bedroom has been decorated with modern queen sized beds and pillow top mattresses as well as luxury linens and bedding. The original 1920’s bathroom retains the green and black wall tile and basket weave floor tile. With an original soaking tub and walk in shower as well as full closet and updated two bowl lavatory, there is no shortage of space here. The upstairs master bedroom encompasses the villa’s turret and overlooks the Lake Michigan sunsets complete with a king sized bed and seating area. Off the master bedroom are the new knotty pine bedroom and master bathroom with heated flooring and walk-in shower.

The lower level (basement area) of the villa holds the original beach shower with hot and cold water which has been newly renovated as a beach shower and cedar sauna. The laundry area with washing machine and dryer, sink, and ironing area are also in this area. One interesting note, see if you can find where the politicians and their well known Chicago mob friends signed the beams in the basement while they were playing their card games in the wee hours of the night!

There is ample parking space for up to five cars as well as lots of lawn space for plenty of various activities plus watching the sun set over Lake Michigan!

Belle Casa MaVaL is only 62 miles from the downtown loop of Chicago and is the perfect long weekend getaway for busy executives and their families. We are also only 35 miles from Notre Dame in South Bend, Indiana and make for a perfect sports escape weekend lodge.

For a great escape during summer, winter, spring or fall, escape to the old world charm of Belle Casa MaVaL!


Keywords: Lake Michigan, villa, beach, luxury, historic, storied history, restored, family retreat, reunions, gang history, Chicago mob, Notre Dame football

Property Type

  • Villa
  • 3900 sq. ft.

Accommodation Type

      • Vacation Rental

      Meals

          • Guests Provide Their Own Meals

          Suitability

          • Alternative Lifestyle
          • Children Welcome
          • Pets Not Allowed

          Bedrooms: 5 Bedrooms, Sleeps 10, Beds for 10

          • Master Turret Wedgewood Bedroom: 1 king

            Located in the turret overlooking Lake Michigan...moreless

          • Light Blue Morning Bedroom: 1 queen

            Brightest bedroom of the house with morning sun...moreless

          • The Gold Bedroom: 1 queen

            Darkest bedroom of the house for late sleepers...moreless

          • Knotty Pine Den: 1 twin/ single

            Has two large couches and one single day bed....moreless

          • The Knotty Pine Bedroom: 1 double

            Located off 2nd floor master, ideal for children...moreless

          • Second Master Green First Floor Bedroom: 1 queen, 1 baby crib

            Located on main floor of house with French doors to outside...moreless

          • Top floor has one king size bed in master suite and an adjoining bedroom with one double bed. These two bedrooms share the master suite bathroom. There are two remaining top floor bedrooms each with a queen bed which also share the top floor bathroom. The first floor master bedroom has a queen bed and baby crib and uses the first floor half bath. The den has two large couches and a single bed....moreless

          Bathrooms: 2 Bathrooms, 1 Half Bathroom

          Entertainment

          • Books:

            Several books available in living room...moreless

          • CD Player
          • DVD Player
          • Games:

            Several board games in living room...moreless

          • Music Library:

            Selection of CDs from various music genre...moreless

          • Satellite / Cable:

            (2) Cable on both TVs - one flat large screen wall mounted TV in knotty pine den and one flat wall mounted TV in breakfast nook...moreless

          • Stereo
          • Television:

            Flat screen high definition TVs - one in den and one in breakfast nook....moreless

          • Video Library:

            There are some various dvds provided....moreless

          Theme

          • Away From It All
          • Family
          • Historic

          Attractions

          • Botanical Garden
          • Churches
          • Cinemas
          • Health/Beauty Spa
          • Library
          • Live Theater
          • Marina
          • Museums
          • Playground
          • Restaurants
          • Synagogues
          • Winery Tours
          • Zoo

          Local Services & Businesses

          • ATM/Bank
          • Fitness Center
          • Groceries
          • Hospital
          • Massage Therapist
          • Medical Services

          Leisure Activities

          • Antiquing
          • Beachcombing
          • Bird Watching
          • Boating
          • Gambling Casinos
          • Horseback Riding
          • Miniature Golf
          • Outlet Shopping
          • Shopping
          • Sight Seeing
          • Sledding
          • Walking

          Location Type

          • Beach View:

            Across Lake Shore Drive from one of the area's most popular beaches!...moreless

          • Lake View

          Sports & Adventure Activities

          • Basketball Court
          • Cross Country Skiing
          • Cycling
          • Fishing
          • Golf
          • Hiking
          • Jet Skiing
          • Kayaking
          • Parasailing
          • Sailing
          • Swimming
          • Tennis
          • Water Skiing
          • Wind-Surfing

          Dining

          • Dining:

            Formal dining room seats 8 people and breakfast nook seats 8...moreless

          • Dining Area
          • Seating for 8 people

          General

          • Air Conditioning:

            Two seperate units - one for main level of house and basement and the other for top floor....moreless

          • Clothes Dryer
          • Hair Dryer
          • Heating
          • Iron & Board
          • Linens Provided:

            With spare sets of linens in top floor hallway linen closet....moreless

          • Living Room:

            Formal living room overlooking Lake Shore Drive and Lake Michigan with plenty of seating for several people. Large fireplace. Stereo system. Board games....moreless

          • Parking:

            Sufficient parking for 5 vehicles...moreless

          • Parking Off Street
          • Towels Provided:

            House towels and beach towels provided...moreless

          • Washing Machine:

            With plenty of laundry soap and bleach provided....moreless

          • Wood Fireplace:

            Wood provided in bin in first level basement area....moreless

          Kitchen

          • Coffee Maker:

            Coffee is provided as well...moreless

          • Cooking Utensils
          • Dishes & Utensils:

            Fully stocked for any sized party....moreless

          • Dishwasher
          • Ice Maker
          • Kitchen:

            Completely newly renovated!...moreless

          • Microwave
          • Pantry Items:

            Seasonings, sugar, sweeteners, some basic need items, etc....moreless

          • Refrigerator:

            (2) Side by side with ice maker plus extra refrigerator in pantry...moreless

          • Stove:

            Gas stove top and electric oven...moreless

          • Toaster

          Outside

          • Deck / Patio:

            Off of living room and turret area and overlooking Lake Michigan...moreless

          • Outdoor Grill:

            LP gas grill on back patio as well as table, chairs and sun umbrella...moreless

          Pool / Spa

              • Sauna:

                Hot sauna as well as beach shower in first level basement area....moreless

               

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              Sep 10 - Dec 31, 2014
              2 night min stay

              $2,995
              My Standard Rate
              7 night min stay

              $3,895 $13,895

              Changeover Day: Saturday


              Rates are based on 9 guests; add $200 per night, per additional guest

              * Approximate Monthly rates, actual rate will depend on the days of the month you stay

              Additional information about rental rates

              Fees:

              • Refundable Damage Deposit $500
              • Tax Rate 12%

              Notes:

              This property is currently on the market for sale. Renters must reasonably allow for showings with broker and must keep property in reasonably clean and tidy condition. As much notice as possible will be given for any showings.


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              Location

              30 Miles
              Nearest Airport
              South Bend
              2 Miles
              Nearest Train
              Michigan City
              2 Miles
              Nearest Motorway
              Rte 20

              Car: Necessary

              Blue Chip Casino, Four Winds Casino, Washington Park Marina, Michigan City Washington Park Zoo, Lighthouse Outlet Mall, fine dining, wineries, 35 miles to Notre Dame sports fields, numerous golf courses, mini golf, go carts, water park, skate and bike park, jet ski rentals, charter fishing, charter sailing, plethora of antique stores along Red Arrow Highway, Indiana Dunes National Lake Shore and State Park

               

              Owner info

              Year Purchased: 2011

              About the owner: Chicago executive who lives two blocks from this location

              Why the Owner Chose Long Beach:
              I bought this historic residence so as not to have to witness an historic Long Beach property raised and a McMansion built in its place

              The Unique Benefits at this Villa:
              I have stayed at this residence since buying it and renovating it. After driving past it for 25 years and always admired its location and beauty, I decided to buy it rather than let it be purchased by a developer and torn down to build a 'mcmansion' on this rare double corner lot.


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              Speaks: english

               

              Photos

              • The formal dining room with space for 10 people

                The formal dining room with space for 10 people

              • The breakfast nook complete with flatscreen TV and right off the kitchen

                The breakfast nook complete with flatscreen TV and right off the kitchen

              • Second Master first floor Green Bedroom with French doors opening to outdoors

                Second Master first floor Green Bedroom with French doors opening to outdoors

              • Master Wedgewood Bedroom within the house's turret and overlooking the lake

                Master Wedgewood Bedroom within the house's turret and overlooking the lake

              • Combined sauna and beach shower

                Combined sauna and beach shower

              • The living room with fireplace and barrel vaulted ceiling facing Lake Michigan

                The living room with fireplace and barrel vaulted ceiling facing Lake Michigan

              • Newly rennovated kitchen with two fridges and stainless steel appliances.

                Newly rennovated kitchen with two fridges and stainless steel appliances.

              • The knotty pine den with couches, widescreen flat TV, and single daybed

                The knotty pine den with couches, widescreen flat TV, and single daybed

              • Light Blue Morning Bedroom.  For early risers because it gets the morning sun

                Light Blue Morning Bedroom. For early risers because it gets the morning sun

              • Knotty Pine bedroom off the Wedgewood Master Bedroom

                Knotty Pine bedroom off the Wedgewood Master Bedroom

              • Rennovated 1920 full bath with soaking tub and walk-in shower

                Rennovated 1920 full bath with soaking tub and walk-in shower

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              This listing was first published here in 2011.

              Date last modified - Tuesday, October 14, 2014

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              5 Bedroom / 2.5 Bathroom
              Sleeps 10

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