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Landmark Victorian Home

Bedrooms 3
Half Baths1
Space 2,800 sq. ft.
Property type house
Minimum Stay 3 nights
Popular Features
  • Washing Machine
  • Parking
  • Outdoor Grill
  • Air Conditioning
  • Wireless Internet
  • Fireplace


About the property

3/4 Bedrooms, 2.5 Baths (Sleeps 2 to 9

The Davis Victorian Farm house is 1892 landmark home. It is located in beautiful Glen Ellyn, known for its quaint down town and Vintage Homes. USA Today selected Glen Ellyn as the Picturesque Town of Illinois because of this. The Davis House is located on a very quiet cul-de-sac. Set back from Davis Terrace, its front garden adds to the grandeur of this beautiful home. Steps from Babcock Grove Park as well as Lake Ellyn Park.

The home has many original features and has all hardwood floors on the main level. In the family room you will find the fireplace and large Plasma TV with surround sound. The home is nestled amongst large trees and beautiful gardens...truly a wonderful place to call home while visiting Historic Glen Ellyn and neighboring towns as well as Chicago and all that it has to offer. With our Metra station with in a 10 minute walk down town Chicago can be reached from there as quickly as 30 minutes!!!

Please note: Per Glen Ellyn Village ordinace, single family use only. No large gatherings or events.

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Property Manager
Member since: 2009
Speaks: english
Response time:
Within 12 hours
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
May 25, 2017

About William

One of our other passions is music. I was involved with the Guardsmen Drum and Bugle Corps for 26 years, as a marching member for 10 years and 16 as a choreographer and director. My whole family was involved in one way or another. My sister Celeste and Paul were members while sisters Claudia and Regina, followed and helped with management. My father was very active as director and my mother sewed flags and followed us every where. In 2015 I had the honor to be inducted in to the Drum Corps International Hall of Fame.

My son has followed in music and was a member of the Green Thunder Percussion Ensemble and has been taking piano lessons for 15 years.

I am currently president of Ray's Hvac, a heating and air conditioning company that my father Ray started in 1956. My mother and brother Paul work for the company as well.

My son and I have 3 dogs: Minnie Pearl, a Jack Russell/Pomeranian, Magnolia, a Fox Terrier, and Mr. Conrad, a Border Collie. Both Minnie Pearl and Mr. Conrad were rescued from visits to Ireland.

We are involved along with my sister Claudia with Young at Hearts, a senior pet rescue and adoption organization. My son also volunteers at the Animal Care League of Oak Park.

My son and I are parishioners at St. John the Baptist in Winfield, and I am also a member of the Human Rights Campaign.

We starting doing vacation rentals in 2001 with our thatched cottage in County Kerry, Ireland. Cottage Mary Rose is named after my mother. She went with me on my first trip there and has been back many times. My son Sergius has been there many times as well. I even had him help me white wash it.

- William Harty,

The Davis House,

William purchased this house in 1999

Why William chose Illinois

Our last old treasure is the Davis House in Glen Ellyn, Il. It is a 1892 historical land mark. I fell in love with Glen Ellyn as a young man working for the family business. I would come down Main Street to make pick ups from some of our vendors.

When I first saw the Davis House, I knew this home was a diamond in the rough. The house built in 1892 originally owned all of the surrounding land...consisting of around 8 acres. Originally built by a German family, it is considered a Gambrel style home. We found German Chicago newspapers in a wall in the basement.

The Davis family from England were the 3rd owners. In 1929 they began to sell off the land and put a short road in behind the existing home. They built 3 Sears bungalows for their children and named their new street Davis Terrace.

The house originally faced Western Ave. so when we moved here there was no real front and the old garage was in what was now the front yard. The original clapboard siding had been covered over with aluminum siding. We had all of this removed and duplicated the original cedar. We added the front porch an turret to give this wonderful landmark home the grand look that it deserved.

Winner of renovation of the year 2002. Granted Landmark the same year!

USA Today Travel named Glen Ellyn as one of America's Most Picturesque Small Towns as their selection for the state of Illinois. It is a charming, picturesque welcoming community that offers a big city amenities with a small town feel.

What makes Glen Ellyn picturesque? Its historic downtown filled with locally-owned shops, unique restaurants, a restored 1920's movie theater and seasonal events are just some of the many attributes that draw visitors to our award-winning community. Glen Ellyn has a quality of life that is unique for a Village including its cultural, entertainment and recreation opportunities unique to the area.

What makes this house unique

The house is nestled in a great historical neighborhood off of a quiet street on a cul de sac. Walking distance to parks, town and the train which will get you to the heart of Chicago in under 30 minutes. Woodfield Mall, one of the largest in the states is a 20 minute drive away. The house is embracing and has the spa like feel with the whirlpool tub and rain shower. Beautiful private gardens and gracious indoor and outdoor entertaining areas.


Glen Ellyn House Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • house
  • Guests provide their own meals
  • Housekeeper Optional
Floor Area:
  • 2800 sq. ft.
House Rules:
  • Max. occupancy: 9
  • non smoking only
  • pets considered
  • children welcome
Location Type:
  • Downtown
  • Lake
  • Town
  • Village
  • Historic
  • Air Conditioning
  • Basic Soaps
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Ducted Cooling
  • Ducted Heating
  • Filtered Water
  • Fireplace
  • Garage
  • Internet
  • Iron & Board
  • Laundry Soap
  • Linens Provided
  • Local Activities Guide
  • Local Restaurant Guide
  • Parking
  • Parking Off Street
  • Toilet Paper
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine
  • Wireless Internet
  • 4 Ring Stove
  • Blender
  • Coffee Maker
  • Cooking Utensils
  • Dishwasher
  • Freezer
  • Grill
  • Ice Maker
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Pantry Items
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove
  • Toaster
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 8 people
  • 2 Bathrooms
  • 1 Half Bath
  • Bathroom 1 - toilet , shower , jetted tub
    Bathroom 2 - toilet , combination tub/shower
    Bathroom 3 - toilet
  • Master bath with Ultra jet tub, rain shower and massage shower.
  • 3 Bedrooms, Sleeps 9
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 king
    Bedroom 2 - 2 queen
    Bedroom 3 - 1 double , 2 twin/ single
    Bedroom 4 - 1 twin/ single , Library
  • * King Bed * Queen Bed * Double Bed * Crib
  • Books
  • CD Player
  • DVD Player
  • Music Library
  • Piano
  • Radio
  • Satellite / Cable
  • Stereo
  • Television
  • VCR
  • Video Library
  • Balcony
  • Barbecue
  • Courtyard
  • Fully Fenced Property
  • Lawn / Garden
  • Outdoor Grill
  • Outdoor Grill Gas
  • Porch / Veranda
  • Unscreened Porch / Veranda
  • Wood Deck
Pool / Spa:
  • Spa Whirlpool
  • Whirlpool
  • Whirlpool
  • arboretum
  • autumn foliage
  • botanical garden
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • forests
  • library
  • live theater
  • museums
  • playground
  • pond
  • recreation center
  • restaurants
  • theme parks
  • zoo
Leisure Activities:
  • antiquing
  • bird watching
  • gambling casinos
  • horseback riding
  • outlet shopping
  • scenic drives
  • sight seeing
  • walking
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • Babysitter
  • fitness center
  • groceries
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • equestrian events
  • fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • ice skating
  • skiing
  • swimming
  • tennis
The home has a front porch, deck and screened porch. An incredible place for outdoor entertaining. The large European kitchen has a LaCanche triple oven stove, one of many European imports. The large French Farm table seats 6. There is a library directly off of the kitchen. A grand piano graces the music room which has French doors overlooking the large deck. Most of the lighting has been imported from Europe. The turret of the house enables you to see all four directions from the parlor or upstairs Master bedroom sitting room. The master suite also has an ensuite bath with large walk in rain shower and separate Ultra Bath Whirlpool. The south facing windows fill this room with lots of natural light.


Wonderful! 4.8/5 -
(48 traveler reviews)

Landmark Victorian Home
average rating of 4.75 based on 48 reviews

Lovely! Beautiful, safe and nice neighborhood.

  • 4 of 5

It was a perfect venue for our family reunion! So much room and comfortable for us (2 plus local family). We will cherish our memories here. Make sure all overnight guests can do stairs. WiFi and outlets a bit of an issue but did not deter. We would certainly return here. It was a big factor in assuring our precious extended family time was a hit! Thank you!!

  • Submitted: Apr 27, 2017
  • Stayed: Apr 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Delightful, Soothing Home Away From Home

  • 5 of 5

We needed a place to gather the family and decompress. Having stayed here before in the Fall, it was interesting to contrast with a Winter stay where it never got above freezing and the wind chills went below zero. The house is so cozy and the holiday tree was still up in the front room. Lots of activity at the bird feeder and bird bath, even in the cold temperatures. Beds are really comfortable, kitchen is fantastic, and everyone felt relaxed and recharged during our stay.

  • Submitted: Jan 22, 2017
  • Stayed: Jan 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
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Close Enough to Lamplight Equestrian

  • 5 of 5

Stayed here for extended weekend for a Horse Show at Lamplight Equestrian. Love the house. This is a classic awesome VRBO experience. Amazing, wonderfully restored house. It makes you feel special just to be in it. Blah, blah blah, everyone loves the kitchen. It IS all of that. We were there late August and the back deck and grill were terrific too. It's just a trace far from Lamplight. But we traveled from Kansas City. Just not a convenient trip back for lunch is all. Recommended and not too far from Chicago. I go to the Chicago Music Exchange whenever I'm in town and it works for that too. We will be back again.

  • Submitted: Jan 14, 2017
  • Stayed: Aug 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Beautiful house!

  • 5 of 5

This is a beautiful, spacious house! Spent most of our time in the kitchen area which was a nice space. William was also very responsive and helpful during the whole process. If you are goIng during the winter, the front steps get VERY slippery when it snows.

  • Submitted: Dec 12, 2016
  • Stayed: Dec 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: We are very happy that you enjoyed your stay at the Davis House! The kitchen is amazing and usually the central gathering place because of it's size. In regards to the front steps they had just been refinished and the old slip proof treads had been removed. We added the new ones and it is no longer an issue in any weather. We look forward to having you as our guests! Yours Sincerely, William Harty, The Davis House,
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Fantastic!! What a lovely warm, perfectly decorated home!

  • 5 of 5

Our family met up at this home to celebrate and relax and we were all incredibly delighted with this home! Highly recommend!!!

  • Submitted: Nov 26, 2016
  • Stayed: Nov 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Great location, comfortable home

  • 4 of 5

This was a great location for our family to meet, some coming from as near as Winfield and Chicago, others from as far as Florida and Canada. The home is historic, with interesting antique furnishings. The piano was especially enjoyed by our family. The beds were comfortable and the kitchen well-supplied for our purposes. There is a park with playground just a block away. William responded quickly to our needs, i.e. sending a handyman with a refill tank for the grill. The only negative was actually my own fault, in that I didn't consider the fact that William owns dogs and that pets are welcome in the home. Some of the carpets and furniture showed signs of pet hair, and unfortunately, two members of our family suffered mild respiratory discomfort during our stay. Had we stayed longer than 3 nights, this would have been a real problem. Again, I wish to stress that William was friendly and helpful, and it was my own error in not recognizing the fact that pets living in the home would create problems for us. In summary, this is a great place for people without pet allergies, but those with respiratory issues may be more comfortable elsewhere.

  • Submitted: Nov 2, 2016
  • Stayed: Oct 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: We are very glad that you enjoyed your stay. In regards to allergies we do have 2 separate heating systems with special air cleaners. In our 6 years of renting out the Davis House this is the first time that this has come up. I would call this a rare situation! We look forward to having you as our guests! Yours Sincerely, William Harty, The Davis House,
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Morton Arboretum
Tap House Grill
Suzette's Creperie
Barone's Family Style Restaurant
Schnitzel Platz
Glen Oak Restaurant
Santa FE Restaurant
Shannon's Irish Pub
Cab's Wine Bar Bistro
Sunset Park
Lake Ellyn
Oakbrook Center
Woodfield Mall
Namaste Salon & Spa
The Glen Art Theatre
Blackberry Market
Nearest Airport
8 Miles
Nearest Barpub
0.5 Miles
Nearest Golf
0.8 Miles
Glen Oak
Nearest Train
0.5 Miles
Nearest Motorway
0.5 Miles
North Ave.
Nearest Restaurant
0.5 Miles
Nearest Beach
25 Miles
Oak street
Car: not necessary

Glen Ellyn, Illinois, USA (20 Min. to Chicago by Train. 20 Min Drive to O'Hare Airport).

Other Activities: Shopping, wildlife viewing, basketball, health/beauty spa, hot air ballooning, racquetball, mini golf


Rates & Availability

Glen Ellyn House Rental Rates

Rental Basis:
per property
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Rate Period Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly * Event
May 27 2017 - Sep 22 2017
3 night minimum stay
Notes: Rates are based on 6 guests; add $20 per night, per additional guest
Sep 23 2017 - Nov 17 2017
3 night minimum stay
Notes: Rates are based on 6 guests; add $20 per night, per additional guest
Nov 18 2017 - Jan 5 2018
3 night minimum stay
Notes: Rates are based on 6 guests; add $20 per night, per additional guest
My Standard Rate
3 night minimum stay

Additional information about rental rates

Cleaning $125
Pet Fee $150
Refundable damage deposit $500

Thanksgiving,Christmas,New Year's, Easter .. $1795/week. Holiday weeks extra charge if not indicated. Charge of $20. per guests over 6 per night.
Discounts for multiple week and one month rentals. Medinah Golf Championships extra $1000.00

Note: Until confirmed, rates are subject

Manager's Cancellation Policy

  • 100% refund if canceled at least 60 days before arrival date.
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