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Landmark Victorian Home

Bedrooms 3
Half Baths1
Space 2,800 sq ft
Property type house
Minimum Stay 3 - 4 nights


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 an hour
Response rate
Calendar last updated:
21 September, 2018

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.

- William Harty,

The Davis House,

William purchased this house in 1999

Why William chose Glen Ellyn

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.


Accommodation and facilities for this holiday house rental in Glen Ellyn

Property Type:
  • house
  • Guests provide their own meals
  • Housekeeper Optional
Floor Area:
  • 2800 sq ft
House Rules:
  • Check-in: 4:00 PM
  • /
  • Check-out: 10:00 AM
  • Max. occupancy: 9
  • Min. age of primary renter: 25
  • Children welcome
  • Parties/events not allowed
  • Pets considered
  • Non smoking only
Location Type:
  • City Centre
  • Lake
  • Town
  • Village
  • Historic
  • Air Conditioning
  • soap
  • 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 enclosure , jacuzzi
    Bathroom 2 - toilet , bath with shower
    Bathroom 3 - toilet
  • Master bath with Ultra jet tub, rain shower and massage shower.
  • 3 Bedrooms, Sleeps 9
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 extra lg. double bed
    Bedroom 2 - 2 large double bed
    Bedroom 3 - 1 double bed , 2 single bed
    Bedroom 4 - 1 single bed , Library
  • * King Bed * Queen Bed * Double Bed * Crib
  • Books
  • CD Player
  • DVD Player
  • Music Library
  • Piano
  • Radio
  • Satellite / Cable
  • Stereo
  • Television
  • video player
  • Video Library
  • Balcony
  • Barbecue
  • Courtyard
  • Fully Fenced Property
  • Lawn / Garden
  • Outdoor Grill
  • Outdoor Grill Gas
  • Veranda / Loggia
  • veranda
  • wooden decking
Pool / Spa:
  • Spa Whirlpool
  • Whirlpool
  • Whirlpool
  • arboretum
  • autumn foliage
  • botanical garden
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • forests
  • library
  • live theatre
  • museums
  • playground
  • pond
  • recreation centre
  • restaurants
  • theme parks
  • zoo
Leisure Activities:
  • antique hunting
  • bird watching
  • gambling casinos
  • horse riding
  • outlet shopping
  • scenic drives
  • sight seeing
  • walking
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • Babysitter
  • fitness centre
  • groceries
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • equestrian events
  • fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • ice skating
  • ski
  • 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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Landmark Victorian Home
average rating of 4.6969695 based on 66 reviews

Beautiful Home With Many Updates

  • 5 of 5

The Davis House is a truly beautiful home in a very nice Chicago suburb. If you enjoy architecture and old craftsmanship you will truly appreciate this house. There have been considerable updates made throughout the home (kitchen, baths, etc.) that provide modern luxuries and amenities while also maintaining the historical feel of the home. The Davis House is spacious and can easily accommodate larger groups and multiple families looking to rent a home together. Given the era in which the home was originally built, there are certain features that can be somewhat challenging depending on circumstances. Namely the staircase is rather steep and has a number of steps in order to access the 2nd floor (where all of the bedrooms are located). We were traveling with our 2 young children and 2 dogs so the staircase provided a bit of a challenge but was certainly nothing that prevented us from enjoying our stay or moving freely throughout the home. For guests traveling with adults or slightly older children this should not provide any difficulty, but for guests with more limited mobility it should at least be a consideration so there is no disappointment upon arrival.

William was a great host and very responsive to any and all questions before, during, and after our stay. The house was clean and had everything we would need on-site (including a high-chair, pack & play, kitchen utensils / cookware, and a bevy of additional items to make our stay more convenient and comfortable). Overall we had a great stay at the Davis House and enjoyed our interaction with the home as well as the host. Thank you!

  • Review Submitted: 08/01/2018
  • Date of Stay: November 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: We have had many older guests that have not had any problems with the stairs. They are carpeted for steady footing with a solid hand rail. We do offer a sleeping option in the downstairs library with a half bath.
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The family loved it. Beautiful and quiet.

  • 4 of 5

The property looks well lived in and has a few items that need attention. Who ever cleans it need to do a better job. 2 of 3 tvs don't work, towel rack, downstairs toilet.

  • Review Submitted: 27/08/2018
  • Date of Stay: August 2018
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: The Davis House has been home to many guests over the last several years. Our house keeper does an amazing job preparing the house from top to bottom including all of the linens. We assure you that all of the plumbing and both cable tv's work. We are only a phone call away and had we heard from any guests we would have replied promptly. We look forward to having you as our guests. Kind Regards, William Harty,
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Scottsdale, Arizona

Enjoyed very much

  • 5 of 5

The house is very unique. We enjoyed a marvelous visit. There are so many interesting things to see and investigate. I would highly recommend this home, step back 100 years, to a perfect setting. No expense was spared for the antiques, very pleasing to the eye. My wife and I, along with our 2 guests, had plenty of space, many rooms to chill and enjoy the surroundings. We will be back!

  • Review Submitted: 27/07/2018
  • Date of Stay: July 2018
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Comfortable, grand old home.

  • 4 of 5

We enjoyed our stay at this property. The house is a grand old house, decorated throughout with victorian era furnishings. The house is large and roomy, we loved the kitchen with a large table to gather around. The kitchen and bathrooms are updated and the beds are comfortable. The exterior is showing its age in some areas. The yard is beautiful even though it could use some attention.

It was advertised as sleeping 9 but furnished with two queen beds, one full, one twin and a sofa.

  • Review Submitted: 25/06/2018
  • Date of Stay: June 2018
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: We actually can accommodate 9. In regards to what we offer I will clarify what we offer. There is a King in the master, 1 single in the turret off of the master, a Queen in the large 2nd bedroom with a full size sleeper sofa, a full in the 3rd bedroom and also there is portable hotel style single. The Davis House is a registered Village of Glen Ellyn Landmarked home. There is some minor restoring that has to be done on a couple of the posts on the front porch at the bases. Because the house is so popular some times scheduling these repairs is a little difficult. We assure you that for a home built in 1892 it is in amazing condition! As for the gardens.....there is more garden than lawn. We do not use any poisons to kill weeds as this would affect the eco system and natural bird sanctuary. We look forward to having you as our guests.... Yours Sincerely, William Harty,
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Loved it!

  • 5 of 5

This house was truly a home! Beautiful architecture and friendly atmosphere!

  • Review Submitted: 03/06/2018
  • Date of Stay: May 2018
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Kailua, Hawaii

Lovely Victorian home in a great neighborhood

  • 5 of 5

Thank you William for allowing my family the enjoyment of your warm and historic home. We were very comfortable and enjoyed time in the indoor and outdoor areas. Your garden will be so beautiful when in full bloom too. Your kitchen was spacious and equipped for our needs (except for maybe sharper knives). Loved your quiet neighborhood in Glen Ellyn and it was minutes away from Wheaton where we attended my niece's graduation at Wheaton College and all the ceremonies plus a day trip to Chicago. Our four day visit was perfect for our family. Warmest aloha, Felice and Ed

  • Review Submitted: 24/05/2018
  • Date of Stay: May 2018
  • Source: HomeAway
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Nearest Airport
8 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

Rental Rates for this holiday house around the Glen Ellyn

Rental Basis:
per property
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Rate Period Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly * Event
26 May 2018 - 28 Sep 2018
3 night minimum stay
Notes: Rates are based on 6 guests; add AU$27 per night, per additional guest
29 Sep 2018 - 16 Nov 2018
3 night minimum stay
Notes: Rates are based on 6 guests; add AU$27 per night, per additional guest
17 Nov 2018 - 4 Jan 2019
3 night minimum stay
5 Jan 2019 - 14 Mar 2019
3 night minimum stay
Notes: Rates are based on 6 guests; add AU$27 per night, per additional guest
15 Mar 2019 - 3 May 2019
3 night minimum stay
Notes: Rates are based on 6 guests; add AU$27 per night, per additional guest
Late Spring
4 May 2019 - 30 May 2019
3 night minimum stay
Notes: Rates are based on 6 guests; add AU$27 per night, per additional guest
31 May 2019 - 27 Sep 2019
4 night minimum stay
Notes: Rates are based on 6 guests; add AU$27 per night, per additional guest
My Standard Rate
3 night minimum stay

Additional information about rental rates

Refundable Damage Deposit AU$686.1
Cleaning AU$171.52
Pet Fee AU$205.83

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 cancelled at least 60 days before arrival date.
  • Service Fee fully refunded on cancellations that qualify for 100% refund.
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