A handsome Tudor estate that was designed in 1933 by architects who immigrated to the United States from Holland tops the list of homes in Cook County with the most delinquent property taxes, according to a recent Crain’s Chicago Business report. 

The River Forest mansion, which sits at 1005 Park Ave., is currently on the market for $3.5 million, but before any new owners can occupy the 200 x 188-foot lot, they’ll need to deal with $96,000 in back property taxes. That tax bill is “more than $10,000 more than the second-biggest delinquent bill, $85,000 for a home on Fox Lane in Winnetka,” according to the Crain’s article.

The River Forest home was featured in Wednesday Journal’s homes section in January. It was reported at the time that the mansion is listed by Gloor Realty. Rounding out the Crain’s list of top ten biggest delinquencies, “all with past-due bills of $49,000 or more,” are five homes in Chicago, one in Oak Park and three in Winnetka. 

According to the Crain’s analysis, which is based on data from the Cook County Treasurer, nearly 45,000 homes, or nearly four percent of all residential properties, in Cook County had delinquent 2014 property tax payments. 

“In all, delinquent homeowners owe the county more than $127.1 million in 2014 tax bills due last year,” Crain’s notes. Most of those delinquent properties are concentrated in Chicago’s South Side and in the south suburbs.

— Michael Romain

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