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5 Facts: Ringling House


This iconic Crystal Lake home has a few stories to tell.

Some know it simply as the “The Ringling House,” but the estate at 610 Ringling Road in Crystal Lake is much more. Here are five cool facts:

1. Ringling Road is named after Eliza “Lou” Ringling, the widow of Al, the oldest Ringling brother of circus fame. Lou herself was once a snake charmer, trapeze walker and mind reader’s assistant for “The Greatest Show on Earth.” She later led a group that refurbished the Civil War-era Dole Mansion (now a vibrant arts and history center across the street called Lakeside Legacy Arts Park). Fewer than a dozen homes share a Ringling Road address.


2. Built in 1923, the house boasts English-style Tudor architecture with terraces in front and rear for outdoor living.


3. House Beautiful magazine featured this home in 2014 for its spectacular updates, including a renovated gourmet kitchen with new cabinets that were rebuilt from the original design, as well as a unique guest room.


4. The home was the crown jewel of the 2015 Crystal Lake Housewalk, the local Service League’s premiere annual fundraiser. Attendees got an exclusive look inside of this special home and ticket sales went to help those in need.


5. It could be yours! That’s right, this amazing home is currently for sale with a recent price reduction.

Listing at a Glance:

  • $ 695,000
  • 4 beds, 3 baths
  • .75 acres
  • 2,752 square feet
  • Vaulted/cathedral ceilings; hardwood floors, nanny/in-law arrangements.
  • Neighborhood features: Arts/history center, beaches, boat launch, playground and country club.
  • See full listing here.
  • Book a showing here.


Look Inside …

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Ringling Estate
610 Ringling Road, Crystal Lake, IL, United States

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