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Landmark Victorian Home

41 Reviews
Bedrooms 3
Half Baths1
Property type house
Minimum Stay 3 - 5 nights

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Minimum Stay
3 - 5 nights


Glen Ellyn House Rental Photos and Description

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. 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.

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

  • children welcome
  • non smoking only
  • pets considered

Property Manager
Member since: 2009
Speaks: english
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Calendar last updated:
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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.

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!

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.


based on 41 traveler reviews

Landmark Victorian Home
average rating of 4.756098 based on 41 reviews
Norco, California

Beautiful Home, Perfect Vacation

  • 5 of 5

This was the perfect home for our family vacation and William was the perfect host, his arrival instructions were clear and access was easy. He left all of the instructions that we needed for everything, thermostats, appliances, internet, Etc. No worries, No problems & No questions. The neighborhood is gorgeous and safe, perfect for taking walks. Downtown Glen Ellyn is quaint with small shops and delicious restaurants . The gardens at the house are well manicured with little seating area's tucked around every corner, wonderful places to relax with a cup of tea. This home is unique, charming and beautiful with amazing historical details in every room. The house is very clean and well maintained, the beds were all comfortable, the showers had great water pressure and being able to take clean clothes home was a bonus.

Originally from Chicago and relocated to California, staying at the Davis House provided us with the perfect place for visits with our relatives. Very special family memories were made here. William, Thank you again for sharing so many of your personal interests and experiences. Especially your Drum and Bugle Corps memorabilia, articles and books. They gave my father great enjoyment as he read them and reminisced about his own time (during the mid 1950's) in the Corps.

We will highly recommend The Davis House as a destination to all of our friends and family who are visiting the Chicago area.

  • Submitted: Oct 18, 2016
  • Stayed: Sep 2016
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Love love LOVE this Glen Ellyn home!

  • 5 of 5

I stayed here during my Glenbard West High School reunion and it was absolutely perfect in every way! Walking distance to Lake Ellyn and downtown! Loved the big family kitchen and enjoyed sitting out on the patio! I will definitely stay here again!

  • Submitted: Oct 9, 2016
  • Stayed: Oct 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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great home with lovely antique decorations.

  • 5 of 5

The instructions for entering the home and getting on the internet were very good. The home was clean and well maintained however, we have two dogs and they were very curious about what was under the sink. I found two natural bones and one plastic bone. I threw them out not realizing that the owner lived in the house when not rented and that he has two dogs otherwise I would have saved the bones. The house has a great deck with a grill that was very easy to start. Had two family gatherings and one gathering with friends - had all the serving dishes etc. to be able to handle the gathering. Lovely front porch with a great swing. Loved sitting there with my morning tea. The front yard is just beautiful with lovely flowers and greenery. The bed was very comfortable and the master bathroom with huge shower and bathtub was wonderful. Would suggest having bar soap available for the shower and organizing the towels and washcloths. Really enjoyed taking our two dogs for walks in the neighborhood. The area is just beautiful. Also enjoyed the Park about a mile walk from the house. Thank you William for a wonderful and peaceful time in your home. Would absolutely recommend this home to anyone visiting the Chicagoland area. Our niece and husband had flown in from Missouri for one of our gatherings and they were staying downtown and took the train to Glen Ellyn and walked to the house. The reverse of course sounds like it is a very easy solution to spending time in the Chicago suburbs and also being able to visit the Downtown area. We are originally from Chicago and we immediately searched for Lou Malnatti's pizza. there was one near by and we were able to order pizza our first night. The delivery guy was familiar with the house which was great since I was not really able to give him directions.

  • Submitted: Jul 31, 2016
  • Stayed: Jul 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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It was a very nice family friendly home.

  • 3 of 5

We had just the right number of people for the available beds. I was disappointed that the tv in the living room was not at all easy to use. I consider myself as technically savvy and after trying to get anything on the tv, I gave up. We really enjoyed the nice big kitchen and the outside table and chairs. The master bath shower was wonderful.

  • Submitted: Jun 29, 2016
  • Stayed: Jun 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: As always we want our guests at the Davis House to be comfortable and of course satisfied. As we state in our check in letter we are always a phone call away if needed and unfortunately never heard from these guests to walk them through the TV set up. We are looking in to simplifying the TV set up. How ever we are very glad that the kitchen, deck and master suite were a hit. The Davis House as you can see in many reviews has been enjoyed by many..........We look forward to having you as our guests! Yours Sincerely, William Harty, The Davis House,
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Unique, comfortable, and convenient

  • 5 of 5

We stayed at the Davis House for a long weekend in May and had a wonderful experience. (We have a 2 year old and an infant, so staying in a hotel was not a great option for us.). We had zero complaints! Everything we needed and more was provided -- awesome kitchen to prepare our own meals, spacious outdoor area for our toddler to run and play, comfortable beds and linens, washer and dryer, very responsive owner, and convenient location close to downtown Glen Ellyn and a park. The owner, Bill, was available to answer our questions over text and phone. I would love to stay here again.

  • Submitted: May 19, 2016
  • Stayed: May 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Fits My Family

  • 5 of 5

The property was the perfect place for four nights with grandparents, parents and small children sharing space both inside and out. It also happened to be about three blocks from the home of our relatives in Glen Ellyn and we could walk between houses to visit. The kitchen was a pleasant surprise with all necessary accouterments including a mix master for my daughter in law who made her famous cakes and cupcakes. There is a park, essential for small children, about one half block away and the neighbors were very friendly. I highly recommend this property to anyone looking for a family friendly and quiet location.

  • Submitted: Apr 2, 2016
  • Stayed: Mar 2016
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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
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

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Rate Period Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly * Event
Oct 1 2016 - Nov 18 2016
3 night minimum stay
Notes: Rates are based on 6 guests; add $20 per night, per additional guest
Nov 19 2016 - Nov 27 2016
5 night minimum stay
Notes: Rates are based on 6 guests; add $20 per night, per additional guest
Late fall
Nov 28 2016 - Dec 16 2016
3 night minimum stay
Dec 17 2016 - Jan 4 2017
5 night minimum stay
Notes: Rates are based on 6 guests; add $20 per night, per additional guest
Jan 7 2017 - Mar 10 2017
3 night minimum stay
Early Spring
Mar 11 2017 - Apr 12 2017
3 night minimum stay
Apr 13 2017 - May 26 2017
3 night minimum stay
May 27 2017 - Sep 22 2017
3 night minimum stay
My Standard Rate
3 night minimum stay

Additional information about rental rates

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

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

  • 50% refund if canceled at least 30 days before arrival date.
  • 100% refund if canceled at least 60 days before arrival date.
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Glen Ellyn House Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • house
  • Guests provide their own meals
  • Housekeeper Optional
Floor Area:
  • 2800 sq. ft.
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
  • children welcome
  • non smoking only
  • pets considered
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.

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