This PriceChopper entry appears to be the victim of very bad timing. In mid-2008, just as the housing market started spiraling down the toilet bowl, Zbigniew and Beata Banas finished rehabbing this 1960s church in Irving Park. The couple ended up splitting the 8,000-square-foot church in two, and they moved into the rear apartment, putting the 5,000-square-foot front unit on the market for $975,000. They did such a nice job rehabbing the building that the Chicago Association of Realtors handed them a Good Neighbor Award, but for the next 2+ years the 4BD, 3.5BA home has gone unsold. From the outside, it isn't much to look at, but with soaring 25-foot ceilings and a funky round window in the bathroom, the interior is pretty splendiferous. Since it was first listed, the price has been reduced by nearly $300,000, to the current asking price of $690,000 ($130 per square foot!). For another look at the interior, check out this video tour Dennis Rodkin shot back in 2008.
· Listing: 4154 W Berteau Ave Unit A [Redfin]
· On The Market—You Can Ring My Bell, in Irving Park [Deal Estate]