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Hyde Park Fixer-Upper Struggles w/ Identity & Marketability

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Who wouldn't want to live in an ex-temple, soaking up the cultish energy? Apparently, the prospect isn't all that appealing. Sixteen months on the market hasn't done much for this temple-turned-mansion fixer upper in Hyde Park. We visited the listing exactly one year ago, after a $150K price chop. It might be time for another. The building's former occupant, the Vivekananda Vedanta Society, ran roughshod over the interiors. But it has also been home to other institutions, none of which engaged in much upkeep it would seem. With huge common spaces, eight potential bedrooms, and six baths mostly in shambles, the offering demands a well-financed and ambitious buyer. Or maybe a developer or eccentric millionaire (not mutually exclusive). The first order of business for any new owner needs to be nixing those blotchy floors and florescent lights. Still asking $650K, watch for the ask to slip some more.
·Listing: 5421 S Hyde Park Blvd [@properties]
·Home with "Endless Possibilities" gets $150K Price Cut [Curbed Chicago]