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Former Wicker Park Orphanage Holds Tight to Youthfulness

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The day's weird streak continues thanks to this newly-surfaced Wicker listing. Pitched on its single-family potential (although the listing does indicate the presence of apartments and work studios), this anomalous institutional-turned-residential building covers the bulk of six city lots, with the remainder bequeathed to tranquility with gardens, "walking paths", a stream and a pond. Pity we can't catch a glimpse, since it's hard to envision such room for private meanderings. At 22,000-square-feet, the splashy interiors run from the kitchen's cartoonish neons and dizzying contours to the mahogany-clad library. The master suite has one of the more awesome bathrooms you'll ever see, and another first floor bedroom is 850sf all on its own. For the moment, an art gallery adorns the top floor, effectively 3,200sf of open hardwood floors. There's plenty more jaw-dropping measurements and amenities to dangle, but for that we refer you to the listing. This do-as-you-please opportunity is fresh on the market and asking $3.5M.
·Listing: 1239 N Wood St. [Koenig & Strey]