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Ottawa, IL - Development Site

2301 Columbus Street - Ottawa, IL


Questend is a 56 wooded and ravined acres site in the coveted North Bluff, one of the most desirable neighborhoods of Ottawa. The home on the property was constructed in 1938 for Henry C. Thornton, Vice President and Treasurer of Ottawa Silica, using the finest materials and impeccable craftsmanship. Questend creates an outstanding development or investment opportunity with its 56 magical acres with impressive ravines mature woods, walking trails in the heart of Ottawa but presently designated unincorporated LaSalle County.

Why Buy This Property

Desirable Wooded Property – The property comprises a total of 56+ acres of virgin wooded hilled and dramatically ravened property representing an era gone by. This offering is a unique opportunity to purchase at auction this beautifully wooded land with a magnificent home, and support buildings. Questend offers a multitude of development opportunities.

Desirable LaSalle County – Although surrounded by the City of Ottawa, the estate is in unincorporated LaSalle County.

Convenient Location – The property is located just 70 miles southwest of metropolitan Chicago and within a mile of I-80.

Future Opportunities – Questend is one of the few large pieces of wooded land on the market in the Ottawa vicinity. There are a multitude of potential uses for this property, from an idyllic estate to opportunities for subdivision.

Historic Estate – The Questend is one of the most important homes in Ottawa’s history. Completed in 1938 by Henry Thornton and later sold to James Thornton, nephew of Henry Thornton. Currently the home is the residence of attorney Peter F. Ferricuti family, who have worked tirelessly to update and maintain the homes architectural character.


Property Location

Auction / Date / Time

Sealed Bid Auction
June 21, 2017 3:00 p.m. EDT

Offering Strategy

Bid Your Price!

Inspection Dates

The property is available for inspection by appointment only at 10:30 a.m. on May 21, June 3, 10, 17.  Please call 312.278.0600 Extension 101 to schedule an appointment.

Auction Location

Sealed Bid Auction - Bids to be delivered to the offices of Fine & Company LLC, 747 Lake Cook Road, Suite 100W, Deerfield, IL 60015


Certified Funds To Bid : $40,000

Buyer's Premium (Buyer's Fee) : 7% of the high bid

Contact Person

  Fine And Company LLC
  Michael A.Fine, CCIM, CAI, AARE
  Illinois, United States

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A Bidder's Information Packet is required to bid. The packet includes: auction and property information, title report, survey, real estate tax bill, local information, auction purchase and sale agreement, and terms of sale.

Bidder's Information Packets are available in PDF format for $40.00. To order your Packet or call us at 312.278.0600 ext. 101 or email us at 

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Other Information

Broker Participation : Buyer's Agent participation is invited!
A 2% - $295 referral fee will be paid to th REALTOR®/Broker whose registered buyer closes on this property. Please refer to the Buyer Broker registration requirements in the Terms of Sale. Seller has provided a variable commission rate.

Licensing : Fine & Company LLC, Licensed Illinois Broker

Terms Of Sale : This auction is being conducted subject to the Terms of Sale and Purchase and Sales Agreement contained in the Bidder's Information Packet. 

Disclaimer : The Seller, Broker, and Auctioneer and their agents assume no liability for inaccuracies, errors, or omissions in the auction marketing materials, including the Bidder's Information Packet. All square footage, dimensions, real estate taxes, and common area fees, if any, are approximate. All materials are subject to inspection and verification by all parties relying on them. This offering is subject to prior sale and may be withdrawn, modified, or cancelled without notice at any time. This is not a solicitation or offering to residents of any state where this offering is prohibited by law.

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