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Humboldt Park Church Sells for $370K Under Original List Price

A favorite among church-conversion enthusiasts, this 140-year-old church at the corner of Cortez and Rockwell in Humboldt Park finally sold this week. The 4,000-square-foot building hit the market in June 2009 for $970,000. That, as the sellers soon learned, was a bit optimistic. For the two years that followed, they hacked away at the price, whittling it down to $699,900 last fall. Last week, it sold for $600,000. The place has some unique features that you probably won't find anywhere else, like 39-foot ceilings, a 65' x 47' living room, and a bi-level bell tower. But in terms of livability, it doesn't look particularly homey (for example, it looks like the previous owners kept their bed in the nave). We'll be interested to see whether the new owners continue to use it as a single-family home, or if they plan to break it up.
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