It came down to a bank sale, but it finally happened: North Center's gargantuan makeover experiment was finally sold this week for $1.435M, or less than half its February 2011 asking price. As recently as November the ask was still $2.115M. Its travails are not foreign to Curbed— this will be our fifth post on the property. The project, mostly completed in late 2010 by Varney LLC, left some barren interiors that present an opportunity for further tinkerings. Jeffrey Lowe of Prudential Rubloff suggests in the listing that the custom design allows for "media, fitness, wet, sauna & wine rms to finish your dream home". An unfinished basement also presents options.
Apart from the home's unusual dimensions, there's only a couple items that clearly tie it to its six-flat parent. The wide stairwell and hallway are suggestive of this past, as is the absurd bed-to-bath ratio (5/10.5!). The "stately Palladian inspired 80' facade" is what really sticks out on a block of brown brick 3-flats, 6-flats, and single family homes. So what is the buyer getting besides a huge empty box? Well, existing features include: a massive custom kitchen; full-floor master suite with library and second kitchen; elevator; roof terrace with fireplace and hot tub; 2.5 car garage; and, a courtyard. We guess that's a decent start.
·Listing: 2216 W Grace Street [Prudential Rubloff]
·Curbed Posts on this Extreme Makeover [Curbed Chicago]