Longtime William Blair Banker lists lakeside Winnetka home

Home with private beach listed for $6.25 million

1171 Whitebridge Hill Rd in Winnetka, IL (Realtor.com)
1171 Whitebridge Hill Rd in Winnetka, IL (Realtor.com)

A six-decade William Blair banker is exiting his Winnetka home, a dozen years after selling the estate next door.

Edgar Janetta, the lender’s 90-year-old chairman emeritus, is asking $6.2 million for the 3,400-square-foot, four-bedroom home he bought in 2000 for $3.2 million, Crain’s reported. That’s just below the $6.5 million he and his late wife, Deborah, got for the 2.5-acre estate in 2010.

The home at 1171 Whitebridge Hill Road is a Cape Cod built in 1955 on just over an acre of land. It sits atop a bluff overlooking Lake Michigan and winding stairs from the back yard lead to a private beach. It has a patio and a terrace.

The house, listed by Compass agent Catherine King, has a modern kitchen with two ovens and a large, window-lined dining room. The 3.5-bathroom home also has a wine cellar in the basement.

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(Source: Realtor.com)

Two homes in Winnetka sold for $6 million or more in 2021, compared with five in 2020, according to Crain’s. A mansion on Locust Street that sold for $8 million was the most expensive sale of 2021 and would be dwarfed by a pending $24 million transaction for a 3.3-acre homesite on Lake Michigan. That would be the most paid for a single-family residential lot in the Chicago area.

Janotta joined Blair, a bank and wealth management firm, after graduating from Harvard Business School in 1959, according to Crain’s. He eventually served as managing partner and then chairman.


[Crain’s] – Harrison Connery

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