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Log cabin style house could set record as most expensive home sale in Lansing

By Paul Czapkowicz and Josh Bootsma

LANSING, Ill. (September 28, 2023) – A log cabin style Lansing home came on the market this month for $749,900. If sold for that amount, it would be the most expensive single family home sold in Lansing in at least four decades.

Styled as a log cabin, the house is located on a 2.7 acre lot in a private area on Chicago Avenue. Zillow, a real estate website, says the two-story home was built in 1998 and has three bedrooms, four baths, and a wrap-around porch. The home is 4,697 square feet.

The property, located at 18750 Chicago Avenue, was put on the market in mid-September.

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For homeowners interested in privacy, 18750 Chicago Avenue offers a log cabin style retreat on 2.7 acres of tree-lined property. (Photo: Melanie Jongsma)

At nearly three-quarters of a million dollars, a local realtor confirmed that if the property were to sell at that price, it would be the most expensive single family residence sold in a public sale Lansing in since at least 1980, which is as far back as Multiple Listing Service archive data reaches.

According to the online listing, the Chicago Avenue property includes a 2.5 car attached garage, and a 3-car detached garage. Also included is an “insulated outbuilding with three attached dog kennels,” two fireplaces, and a “bonus bar area.”

The property that holds the current record for most expensive selling price in Lansing is 18320 Harper Street, which sold in October 2022 for $500,000. That property has five bedrooms, three bathrooms, and a square footage of 4,510.

The private drive leads to four other properties, in addition to 18750. (Photo: Melanie Jongsma)

Current owner

The Chicago Avenue property is currently owned by Patty and Bud Eidam. Patty Eidam has served as Lansing’s mayor since 2017, and was elected to a second four-year term in 2021.

“I’m certainly not going to deny that our house is for sale because anybody can look it up,” Eidam said when contacted by The Lansing Journal.

When asked if selling the house is a step toward leaving the village, Eidam would not say one way or the other.

“I don’t have any comment,” she said, adding that the sale of the house is a “private matter” and “not newsworthy.”

According to the Village website, Eidam moved to Lansing in 1979 when she became the village’s first full-time female police officer and paramedic. Prior to becoming mayor, Eidam served a total of 10 years as a village trustee and four as village clerk.

The property listing can be viewed on Zillow at this link: 18750 Chicago Avenue.


Paul Czapkowicz
Paul Czapkowicz
Paul Czapkowicz has served as a correspondent for the Northwest Indiana Times, so he is familiar with local politics, local business, and local goings-on in general. His training as a teacher gives him an innate sense of how to present facts in an organized and meaningful way, so readers gain understanding of complex subjects.


  1. See Bud I always said you had a heated dog house ! I guess the private matter is it does not last forever and you can’t taake it with you ! 🙂

  2. I’m more interested in the tax bill on a home on Harper.
    Sq footage is 3,603, lot sq footage is 18,900 and estimated property value is $191,260. 2021 taxes with a home exemption is $6,782.49.

    My sq footage is 2,350, lot size sq footage 10,619 and estimated property value is $141,000. My 2021 tax bill was $6,808.12.

    Apparently somebody knows someone at the assessors office.

  3. Opinion is one thing. However, if the Journal is going to allow innuendo of some type of wrongdoing absent of any facts, I don’t have a lot of use for it. Many people have abandoned the cable (and network) news for this very reason. If Mr. Coyote has something specific to say, let him say it and back it up with the facts for all of us to see. I know many would appreciate that.

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