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Smokin' 3-Bed Duplex in Converted Wicker Park Synagogue

Do you go mad for Church-to-residence conversions? How about Synagogues? Houses of worship, no matter their stripes, are hot commodities for loft living nowadays. As Curbed commenter buckman821 recently penned in response to the demolition of Shepherd's Temple in North Lawndale, "If it was in Lakeview, someone would have found a use for it." Sure enough, we'd be batting around high six-figure listings just like with other existing North Side conversions. So what's the deal with this one in Wicker Park? Well, it's got three bedrooms, three baths, two levels, and roughly 2,000-square-feet of living space. Most importantly, it recently enjoyed a major renovation by an unnamed HGTV designer. Renovation highlights include bamboo floors, a bar, custom fireplace, walnut cabinets, zoned sound system, and "smart home" automated features. There's also a private deck and roof rights. In '09, the ask collapsed from $600K to its sale price of $470K between July and December. But that was a really rough time for home values, so we're more optimistic this time around. We expect the sellers are as well. The new ask? $695,000.
·Listing: 1243 N Wolcott Ave #4 [Sotheby's]