The iconic building was built by William Waldorf Astor in 1908, and is listed on the National Register of Historic Places. It’s known for its Italian Renaissance Revival architecture and boasts a full concierge service. The 3,100 square-foot home has four bedrooms and three bathrooms, hand-crafted ceiling murals and a hand-cut marble mosaic entry gallery. It’s the epitome of pre-war sophistication and boasts a south-facing living room with a beautiful fireplace and, opposite, a north-facing formal dining room also with a fireplace, both enhanced by ornate moldings and lavish chandeliers. See: World’s best homes – explore the globe’s most luxurious houses The living room is the epitome of restrained elegance and period style, with its tall ceilings, ornate moldings and fireplace with huge overmantel mirror. The parquet floors have been restored to a warm finish, while the large picture windows flood the room with light. See: Living room ideas – clever ways to decorate living spaces The large, windowed-kitchen offers ample space for discerning chefs, ideal for informal, cosy brunches. There’s a banquette for dining near the window, which overlooks the city, and classic white cabinetry throughout.  See: White kitchen ideas – for a stylish scheme that will stand the test of time The master suite features south facing views, a large walk-in closet (worthy of a Hollywood super-star) and a gorgeous, marble clad bathroom. 

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The guests bedroom suites are all elegant and luxurious light-filled spaces, with built-in storage and an Art Deco feel.

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Where does Jennifer Hudson live?

Jennifer Hudson, who shot to fame as one of the finalists on the third season of American Idol in 2004, was born and raised in Chicago. She now has a 12,000 square-foot home in Burr Ridge, just 17 miles from the city. See the full listing at Douglas Elliman (opens in new tab).