The 9,768-square-foot Francis J. Dewes mansion is a tough act to follow. According to BlockShopper, Chuck Renslow, the man who previously owned the lavishly-decorated Lincoln Park mansion, bought this more modest Uptown abode about two years ago, and it's currently for sale. The decorating scheme probably won't appeal to everyone (especially the lavender ceilings and the red three-person hot tub), but it's hard to ignore the potential in the 1885 home. The place has five bedrooms, a library, and 2.5 baths. According to the listing, much of the electrical wiring is new, and window have recently been replaced. Outside, there's a lush garden with a koi pond and a two-car garage. The price: $595,000.
· Listing: 4535 N. Beacon St. [Realtor.com]